Results From the First French Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Adolescents

in Journal of Physical Activity and Health
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Background:

Many countries publish periodic Report Cards on physical activity for children and youth. This paper presents the results from the first French Report Card providing a systematic synthesis and assessment of the national engagements to facilitate childhood physical activity.

Methods:

A search for nationally representative data on 8 indicators of physical activity was conducted and the data were assessed by an expert panel according to international procedures. Whether children across France are achieving specific benchmarks was rated using an established grading framework [A, B, C, D, F, or INC (incomplete)]. Data were interpreted, grades assigned and detailed in the 2016 Report Card that was produced and disseminated.

Results:

The expert panel awarded the following grades: Overall Physical Activity: INC; Organized Sport Participation: D; Active Transportation: D; Sedentary Behaviors: D; Family and Peers: INC; School: B; Community and the Built Environment: INC; Government Strategies and Investment: INC.

Conclusions:

The grades reveal that efforts must be done to improve youth’s physical activity and that several gaps in the literature still need to be addressed. Collectively the results highlight that children’s physical activity levels are low and that further national supports and investments are needed to promote childhood healthy active living in France.

Aucouturier is with Unité de Recherche Pluridisciplinaire Sport, Santé, Société, Lille, France. Ganière is with the Laboratoire du Centre d’Etude des Transformations des Activités Physiques et Sportives (CETAPS), Rouen, France. Aubert and Tremblay are with the Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Tremblay is also with the Dept of Pediatrics, University of Ottawa, Canada. Riviere is with Maladies chroniques, santé perçue et processus d’adaptation ; Université de Lorraine, Université Paris Descartes, Nancy, France. Praznoczy, Duclos, and Thivel are with Observatoire national de l’activité physique et de la sédentarité (ONAPS), Laboratoire de physiologie et de biologie du sport, Faculté de médecine, Clermont-Ferrand, France. Duclos is also with INRA, Clermont-Ferrand, France; the Dept of Sport Medicine and Functional Explorations, Clermont-Ferrand University Hospital, Clermont-Ferrand, France; and the University Clermont 1, UFR Medicine, Clermont-Ferrand, France. Duclos and Thivel are also with the Auvergne Research Center for Human Nutrition (CRNH). Thivel is also with the Laboratory of the Metabolic Adaptations to Exercise under Physiological and Pathological Conditions (AME2P), Clermont Auvergne University, Clermont-Ferrand, France; and the CALORIS Obesity Clinical & Research Center, Clermont-Ferrand, France. Vuillemin is with the Université Côte d’Azur, Nice, France.

Thivel (David.Thivel@univ-bpclermont.fr) is corresponding author.