The 2016 Swedish Report Card on Physical Activity (PA) for Children and Youth is a unique compilation of the existing physical and health related data in Sweden. The aim of this article is to summarize the procedure and results from the report card.
Nationally representative surveys and individual studies published between 2005–2015 were included. Eleven PA and health indicators were graded using the Active Healthy Kids Canada grading system. Grades were assigned based on the percentage of children/youth meeting a defined benchmark (A: 81% to 100%, B: 61% to 80%, C: 41% to 60%, D: 21% to 40%, F: 0% to 20%, or incomplete (INC).
The assigned grades were Overall Physical Activity, D; Organized Sport Participation, B+; Active Play, INC; Active Transportation, C+; Sedentary Behaviors, C; Family and Peers, INC; School, C+; Community and the Built Environment, B; Government Strategies and Investments, B; Diet, C-; and Obesity, D.
The included data provides some support that overall PA is too low and sedentary behavior is too high for almost all age groups in Sweden, even with the many national policies as well as an environment that is favorable to the promotion of PA.
Delisle Nyström, Ehrenblad, and Löf are with the Dept of Biosciences and Nutrition; Eriksson is with the Dept of Public Health Sciences; Hagströmer is with the Dept of Neurobiology, Care Sciences, and Society; Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. Larsson is with the Dept of Food and Nutrition, and the Dept of Sport Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Eneroth and Lindroos are with the National Food Agency, Sweden. Friberg is with the Public Health Agency, Sweden. Reilly is with the Physical Activity for Health Group, School of Psychological Sciences and Health, University of Strathclyde, Scotland. Löf (firstname.lastname@example.org) is corresponding author.