Results From Portugal’s 2016 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth

in Journal of Physical Activity and Health

Background:

This article describes the procedures and development of the first Portuguese Report Card on Physical Activity in Children and Adolescents.

Methods:

Comprehensive searches for data related to indicators of physical activity (PA) were completed by a committee of physical activity and sports specialists. Grades were assigned to each indicator consistent with the process and methodology outlined by the Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card model.

Results:

Nine indicators of PA were graded. The following grades were assigned: Overall Physical Activity Levels, D; Organized Sport Participation, B; Active Play, D; Active Transportation, C; Sedentary Behaviors, D; Family and Peers, C; Schools, B; Community and the Built Environment, D; and Government, C.

Conclusions:

Portuguese children and adolescents do not reach sufficient physical activity levels and spend larger amounts of time spent in sedentary behaviors compared with recommendations. Effective policies of PA promotion and implementation are needed in different domains of young people’s daily lives.

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Mota is with the Research Centre in Physical Activity, Health and Leisure, Faculty of Sports, University of Porto, Portugal. Silva is with the Faculty of Sport Sciences and Physical Education, University of Coimbra, Portugal. Raimundo is with the Departamento de Desporto e Saúde, Escola de Ciências e Tecnologia; Universidade de Évora, Research Center in Sports Sciences, Health and Human Development (CIDESD), Portugal. Sardinha is with the Exercise and Health Laboratory, Faculty of Human Kinetics, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal. Mota (jmota@fade.up.pt) is corresponding author.

Journal of Physical Activity and Health