WALES 2021 Active Healthy Kids (AHK) Report Card: The Fourth Pandemic of Childhood Inactivity.

Richards, Amie B and Mackintosh, Kelly A and Swindell, Nils and Ward, Malcolm and Marchant, Emily and James, Michaela and Edwards, Lowri C and Tyler, Richard and Blain, Dylan and Wainwright, Nalda and Nicholls, Sarah and Mannello, Marianne and Morgan, Kelly and Evans, Tim and Stratton, Gareth (2022) WALES 2021 Active Healthy Kids (AHK) Report Card: The Fourth Pandemic of Childhood Inactivity. International journal of environmental research and public health, 19 (13). ISSN 1660-4601

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This is the fourth Active Healthy Kids (AHK) Wales Report Card. The 2021 card produced grades on children and young people's physical activity (PA) using pre-COVID-19 data that were not used in previous versions. Eleven quality indicators of PA were graded through expert consensus and synthesis of the best available evidence. Grades were assigned as follows: Overall PA-F; Organised Sport and PA-C; Active Play-C+; Active Transportation-C-; Sedentary Behaviours-F; Physical Fitness-C-; Family and Peer Influences-D+; School-B-; Community and the Built Environment-C; National Government and Policy-C; and Physical Literacy-C-. All but three grades remained the same or decreased from the 2018 AHK-Wales Report Card (Active Play increased from C- to C+; Active Transportation, D+ to C-; Family and Peers, D to D+). This is concerning for children's health and well-being in Wales, particularly given recent evidence that PA has further decreased during the COVID-19 pandemic. The results from the Report Card should be used to inform the decision making of policy makers, practitioners and educators to improve children and young people's PA levels and opportunities and decrease PA inequalities.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: ** From PubMed via Jisc Publications Router ** History: received 18-05-2022; revised 21-06-2022; accepted 24-06-2022.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Exercise, Health Promotion, Sedentary Behavior, community and environment, COVID-19 - epidemiology, play, Child, sedentary, Humans, Pandemics - prevention & control, Adolescent, policy, children, school, Health Policy, health, physical activity
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Institutes and Academies > Institute of Management and Health > Sport Health and Outdoor Education
SWORD Depositor: JISC Publications Router
Depositing User: JISC Publications Router
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2022 15:10
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2023 15:00

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