The report card was a synthesis of the best available evidence on the performance of Zimbabwean children and youth on key physical activity (PA) indicators. The aim of this article was to summarize the results from the 2016 Zimbabwe Report Card.


The Report Card Working Group gathered and synthesized the best available evidence, met, discussed and assigned grades to 10 indicators based on the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance global matrix grading system.


The indicators were graded as follows: overall PA (C+), organized sport participation (B), active play (D+), active transportation (A-), sedentary behaviors (B), school (D), family and peers (Incomplete), community and the built environment (F), government (D) and nongovernmental organizations (Incomplete).


Although the majority of children used active transport, played organized sports and engaged in acceptable levels of PA, most of them did not meet the recommended hours of unstructured/unorganized play per day. At present, there are limited data to accurately inform the Zimbabwe Report Card therefore studies employing robust research designs with representative samples are needed. Zimbabwe also needs to prioritize policies and investments that promote greater and safe participation in PA among children and youth.

Manyanga and Tremblay are with the Faculty of Medicine, School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventive Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute, Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Tremblay is also with the Faculty of Medicine, Dept of Pediatrics, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Makaza, Mlalazi, Tapera, Khumalo, and Rutsate are with the Faculty of Applied Sciences, Dept of Sports Science and Coaching, National University of Science and Technology, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Mahachi is with the College of Health Sciences, Dept of Physiology, University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe. Masocha is with the Faculty of Science, Sports Science Dept, Bindura University of Science Education, Bindura, Zimbabwe. Makoni is with the Dept of Research and Innovation, National University of Science and Technology, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Manyanga ( is corresponding author.