2022 French Report Card on Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviors in Children and Youth: From Continuous Alarming Conclusions to Encouraging Initiatives

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Alicia Fillon National Observatory for Physical Activity and Sedentary behaviors (ONAPS), Clermont-Ferrand, France
Laboratory of the Metabolic Adaptations to Exercise under Physiological and Pathological Conditions (AME2P), Clermont Auvergne University, CRNH Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, France
International Research Chair “Health in Motion,” University Clermont Auvergne Foundation, Clermont-Ferrand, France

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Jeremy Vanhelst Nutritional Epidemiology Research Team (EREN), Sorbonne Paris Nord University, Cnam, Center of Research in Epidemiology and Statistics–University of Paris Cité (CRESS), Bobigny, France

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Pauline Genin National Observatory for Physical Activity and Sedentary behaviors (ONAPS), Clermont-Ferrand, France
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Benjamin Larras National Observatory for Physical Activity and Sedentary behaviors (ONAPS), Clermont-Ferrand, France

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Michéle Tardieu National Observatory for Physical Activity and Sedentary behaviors (ONAPS), Clermont-Ferrand, France

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Marion Porcherie EHESP-French School of Public Health, Univ. Rennes, Arènes, UMR CNRS 6051, Rennes, France

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Maxime Luiggi Aix-Marseille University, ADEF, Marseille, France

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Salomé Aubert Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance, Ottawa, ON, Canada

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Charlotte Verdot Équipe de surveillance et d’épidémiologie nutritionnelle (Esen), Direction des maladies non-transmissibles et traumatismes (DMNTT)–Santé publique FranceFrance (French Public Health Agency), Sorbonne Paris Nord University, Centre of Research in Epidemiology and Statistics–University of Paris Cité (CRESS), Bobigny, France
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Olivier Rey CNRS, ISM, UMR 7287, Marseille, Structure Fédérative d’Études et de Recherches en Éducation de Provence, Aix-Marseille Université, Marseille, France

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Lena Lhuisset Universite de Pau & des Pays de l’Adour, e2s UPPA, MEPS, Tarbes, France

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Julien E. Bois National Observatory for Physical Activity and Sedentary behaviors (ONAPS), Clermont-Ferrand, France
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Guillaume Y. Millet Laboratoire Interuniversitaire de Biologie de la Motricité, Université Jean Monnet Saint-Etienne, Saint-Étienne, France
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Martine Duclos National Observatory for Physical Activity and Sedentary behaviors (ONAPS), Clermont-Ferrand, France
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David Thivel National Observatory for Physical Activity and Sedentary behaviors (ONAPS), Clermont-Ferrand, France
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Background: Scientific evidence and public health reports keep highlighting the continuous and alarming worldwide progression of physical inactivity and sedentary behaviors in children and adolescents. The present paper summarizes findings from the 2022 French Report Card (RC) on physical activity for children and youth and compares them to the 2016, 2018, and 2020 RCs. Methods: The 2022 edition of the French RC follows the standardized methodology established by the Active Healthy Kids Global Matrix. Ten physical activity indicators have been evaluated and graded based on the best available evidence coming from national surveys, peer-reviewed literature, government and nongovernment reports, and online information. The evaluation was also performed in children and adolescents with disabilities. Indicators were graded from A (high level of evidence) to F (very low level of evidence) or INC for incomplete. Results: The evaluated indicators received the following grades: overall physical activity: D−; organized sport participation and physical activity: C; active play: F; active transportation: C; sedentary behaviors: D−; family and peers: D; physical fitness: C; school: C−; community and the built environment: F; government: B. Conclusions: While this 2022 French RC shows progression for 7 out of the 10 indicators considered, it also underlines the continuous need for actions at the local, regional, and national levels to develop better surveillance systems and favor a long-term improvement of youth movement behaviors.

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