The Venezuelan Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth is the first assessment of information related to physical activity in Venezuela. It provides a compilation of existing information throughout the country and assesses how well it is doing at promoting opportunities for children and youth. The aim of this article is to summarize the information available.
Thirteen physical activity indicators were graded by a committee of experts using letters A to F (A, the highest, to F, the lowest) based on national surveys, peer review studies, and policy documents.
Some indicators report incomplete information or a lack of data. Overweight and Obesity were classified as A; Body Composition and Nongovernmental Organization Policies as B; Municipal Level Policies as C; and Overall Physical Activity Levels and National Level Policies as D.
63% of children and youth have low physical activity levels. Venezuela needs to undergo a process of articulation between the several existing initiatives, and for said purposes, political will and a methodological effort is required. Investments, infrastructure, and opportunities will be more equal for all children and youth if more cooperation between institutions is developed and communication strategies are applied.
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Herrera-Cuenca is with the Center for Development Studies (CENDES), Central University of Venezuela; Bengoa Foundation for Food and Nutrition; and the Venezuelan Health Observatory. Méndez-Perez is with the Bioanthropology, Physical Activity, and Health Unit, Central University of Venezuela, and the Bengoa Foundation for Food and Nutrition. Morales is with the Bioanthropology, Physical Activity and Health Unit, Central University of Venezuela. Martín-Rojo is with the Inmunology Institute, Faculty of Medicine, Central University of Venezuela. Tristan is with the Venezuelan Health Observatory. Bandy, Landaeta-Jiménez, Macías-Tomei, and López-Blanco are with the Bengoa Foundation for Food and Nutrition. Herrera-Cuenca (firstname.lastname@example.org) is corresponding author.