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Results from Australia's 2014 Report Card on physical activity for children and youth

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Background: Like many other countries, Australia is facing an inactivity epidemic. The purpose of the Australian 2014 Physical

    Activity Report Card initiative was to assess the behaviors, settings, and sources of influences and strategies and investments

    associated with the physical activity levels of Australian children and youth. Methods: A Research Working Group (RWG) drawn

    from experts around Australia collaborated to determine key indicators, assess available datasets, and the metrics which should

    be used to inform grades for each indicator and factors to consider when weighting the data. The RWG then met to evaluate

    the synthesized data to assign a grade to each indicator. Results: Overall Physical Activity Levels were assigned a grade of D-.

    Other physical activity behaviors were also graded as less than average (D to D-), while Organized Sport and Physical Activity

    Participation was assigned a grade of B-. The nation performed better for settings and sources of influence and Government

    Strategies and Investments (A- to a C). Four incompletes were assigned due to a lack of representative quality data. Conclusions:

    Evidence suggests that physical activity levels of Australian children remain very low, despite moderately supportive

    social, environmental and regulatory environments. There are clear gaps in the research which need to be filled and consistent

    data collection methods need to be put into place.

Authors


  •   Schranz, Natasha K. (external author)
  •   Olds, Timothy S. (external author)
  •   Cliff, Dylan P
  •   Davern, Melanie (external author)
  •   Engelen, Lina (external author)
  •   Giles-Corti, Billie (external author)
  •   Gomersall, Sjaan R. (external author)
  •   Hardy, Louise L. (external author)
  •   Hesketh, Kylie (external author)
  •   Hills, Andrew (external author)
  •   Lubans, David R. (external author)
  •   Macdonald, Doune (external author)
  •   Macniven, Rona (external author)
  •   Morgan, Philip J. (external author)
  •   Okely, Anthony D.
  •   Parish, Anne Maree (external author)
  •   Plotnikoff, Ronald (external author)
  •   Shilton, Trevor (external author)
  •   Straker, Leon (external author)
  •   Timperio, Anna (external author)
  •   Trost, Stewart (external author)
  •   Vella, Stewart A.
  •   Ziviani, Jenny (external author)
  •   Tomkinson, Grant (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Schranz, N., Olds, T., Cliff, D., Davern, M., Engelen, L., Giles-Corti, B., Gomersall, S., Hardy, L., Hesketh, K., Hills, A., Lubans, D., Macdonald, D., Macniven, R., Morgan, P. J., Okely, T., Parish, A., Plotnikoff, R., Shilton, T., Straker, L., Timperio, A., Trost, S., Vella, S., Ziviani, J. & Tomkinson, G. (2014). Results from Australia's 2014 Report Card on physical activity for children and youth. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 11 (Suppl 1), S21-S25.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84925227247

Has Global Citation Frequency


Start Page


  • S21

End Page


  • S25

Volume


  • 11

Issue


  • Suppl 1

Place Of Publication


  • United States

Abstract


  • Background: Like many other countries, Australia is facing an inactivity epidemic. The purpose of the Australian 2014 Physical

    Activity Report Card initiative was to assess the behaviors, settings, and sources of influences and strategies and investments

    associated with the physical activity levels of Australian children and youth. Methods: A Research Working Group (RWG) drawn

    from experts around Australia collaborated to determine key indicators, assess available datasets, and the metrics which should

    be used to inform grades for each indicator and factors to consider when weighting the data. The RWG then met to evaluate

    the synthesized data to assign a grade to each indicator. Results: Overall Physical Activity Levels were assigned a grade of D-.

    Other physical activity behaviors were also graded as less than average (D to D-), while Organized Sport and Physical Activity

    Participation was assigned a grade of B-. The nation performed better for settings and sources of influence and Government

    Strategies and Investments (A- to a C). Four incompletes were assigned due to a lack of representative quality data. Conclusions:

    Evidence suggests that physical activity levels of Australian children remain very low, despite moderately supportive

    social, environmental and regulatory environments. There are clear gaps in the research which need to be filled and consistent

    data collection methods need to be put into place.

Authors


  •   Schranz, Natasha K. (external author)
  •   Olds, Timothy S. (external author)
  •   Cliff, Dylan P
  •   Davern, Melanie (external author)
  •   Engelen, Lina (external author)
  •   Giles-Corti, Billie (external author)
  •   Gomersall, Sjaan R. (external author)
  •   Hardy, Louise L. (external author)
  •   Hesketh, Kylie (external author)
  •   Hills, Andrew (external author)
  •   Lubans, David R. (external author)
  •   Macdonald, Doune (external author)
  •   Macniven, Rona (external author)
  •   Morgan, Philip J. (external author)
  •   Okely, Anthony D.
  •   Parish, Anne Maree (external author)
  •   Plotnikoff, Ronald (external author)
  •   Shilton, Trevor (external author)
  •   Straker, Leon (external author)
  •   Timperio, Anna (external author)
  •   Trost, Stewart (external author)
  •   Vella, Stewart A.
  •   Ziviani, Jenny (external author)
  •   Tomkinson, Grant (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Schranz, N., Olds, T., Cliff, D., Davern, M., Engelen, L., Giles-Corti, B., Gomersall, S., Hardy, L., Hesketh, K., Hills, A., Lubans, D., Macdonald, D., Macniven, R., Morgan, P. J., Okely, T., Parish, A., Plotnikoff, R., Shilton, T., Straker, L., Timperio, A., Trost, S., Vella, S., Ziviani, J. & Tomkinson, G. (2014). Results from Australia's 2014 Report Card on physical activity for children and youth. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 11 (Suppl 1), S21-S25.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84925227247

Has Global Citation Frequency


Start Page


  • S21

End Page


  • S25

Volume


  • 11

Issue


  • Suppl 1

Place Of Publication


  • United States