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Background: In response to growing concerns over high levels of physical inactivity among young people, the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance developed a series of national Report Cards on physical activity for children and youth to advocate for the promotion of physical activity. This article provides updated evidence of the impact of the Report Cards on powering the movement to get children and youth moving globally. Methods: This assessment was performed using quantitative and qualitative sources of information, including surveys, peer-reviewed publications, e-mails, gray literature, and other sources. Results: Although it is still too early to observe a positive change in physical activity levels among children and youth, an impact on raising awareness and capacity building in the national and international scientific community, disseminating information to the general population and stakeholders, and on powering the movement to get kids moving has been observed. Conclusions: It is hoped that the Report Card activities will initiate a measurable shift in the physical activity levels of children and contribute to achieving the 4 strategic objectives of the World Health Organization Global Action Plan as follows: creating an active society, creating active environments, creating active lives, and creating active systems.

Aubert, Barnes, Forse, Turner, González, and Tremblay are with Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group, CHEO Research Institute, Ottawa, ON, Canada. González is also with the School of Medicine, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia. Kalinowski is with V4SPORT Foundation, Wroclaw, Poland; and International Sport and Culture Association, Copenhagen, Denmark. Katzmarzyk is with Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge, LA, USA. Lee is with the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada. Ocansey is with the University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana. Reilly is with the Physical Activity for Health Group, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland. Schranz is with the National Heart Foundation of Australia, Melbourne, VIC, Australia; and the School of Health Sciences, University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA, Australia. Vanderloo is with ParticipACTION, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Tremblay (mtremblay@cheo.on.ca) is corresponding author.
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