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

in Journal of Physical Activity and Health

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Tuija H. Tammelin
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Annaleena Aira
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Matti Hakamäki
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Pauliina Husu
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Jouni Kallio
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Sami Kokko
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Kaarlo Laine
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Kati Lehtonen
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Kaisu Mononen
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Sanna Palomäki
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Timo Ståhl
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Katariina Kämppi
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Background:

Finland’s 2016 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth gathers and translates research results and assesses the status and promotion of physical activity (PA) among Finnish children and youth less than 18 years of age. This article summarizes the results and provides grades for 9 indicators.

Methods:

The working group evaluated the evidence and assigned grades of A (highest, 81% to 100%), B, C, D, or F (lowest, 0% to 20%) for 9 PA indicators using the Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card development process.

Results:

The grades varied in Finland as follows: 1) Overall PA/fulfillment of recommendations = D, 2) Organized Sport Participation = C, 3) Active Play = C, 4) Active Transportation = B, 5) Sedentary Behaviors = D, 6) Family and Peers = C, 7) School = B, 8) Community and the Built Environment = B, 9) Government = B.

Conclusions:

Despite good policies and programs to promote PA in Finland, children and youth overall PA levels are low, whereas their time spent sedentary is high. More effective interventions, operation models, concrete tools as well as environmental solutions are needed to support the work toward more physically active childhood and youth.

Tammelin, Aira, Hakamäki, Kallio, Laine, Lehtonen, and Kämppi are with LIKES Research Centre for Physical Activity and Health, Finland. Husu is with The UKK Institute for Health Promotion Research, Finland. Kokko and Tynjälä are with the Research Centre for Health Promotion, Dept of Health Sciences, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Mononen is with the Research Institute for Olympic Sports, Finland. Palomäki and Sääkslahti are with the Dept of Sport Sciences, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Ståhl is with the National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland. Tammelin (tuija.tammelin@likes.fi) is corresponding author.

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