Results from Finland’s 2014 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth

in Journal of Physical Activity and Health

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Jarmo Liukkonen
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Timo Jaakkola
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Sami Kokko
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Arto Gråstén
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Sami Yli-Piipari
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Pasi Koski
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Jorma Tynjälä
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Anne Soini
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Timo Ståhl
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Tuija Tammelin
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The Finnish 2014 Report Card on Physical Activity (PA) for Children and Youth is the first assessment of Finland’s efforts in promoting and facilitating PA opportunities for children and youth using the Active Healthy Kids Canada grading system. The Report Card relies primarily on research findings from 6 Research Institutes, coordinated by the University of Jyväskylä. The Research Work Group convened to evaluate the aggregated evidence and assign grades for each of the 9 PA indicators, following the Canadian Report Card protocol. Grades from A (highest) to F (lowest) varied in Finland as follows: 1) Overall physical activity—fulfillment of recommendations (D), 2) Organized sport participation (C), 3) Active play (D), 4) Active transportation (B), 5) Sedentary behaviors (D), 6) Family and peers (C), 7) School (B), 8) Community and the built environment (B), and 9) Government (B). This comprehensive summary and assessment of indicators related to PA in Finnish children and youth indicates that Finland still has many challenges to promote a physically active life style for youth.

Liukkonen (corresponding author: jarmo.liukkonen@jyu.fi), Jaakkola, and Gråstén are with the Dept of Sport Sciences, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Kokko and Tynjälä are with the Dept of Health Sciences, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Yli-Piipari is with the Dept of Health and Sport Sciences, College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, University of Memphis, United States. Koski is with the Dept of Teacher Education, University of Turku, Finland. Soini is with the Dept of Education, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Ståhl is with the National Institute for Health and Welfare, Helsinki, Finland. Tammelin is with LIKES—Research Center for Sport and Health Sciences, Jyväskylä, Finland.

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