Results from Ireland's 2014 report card on physical activity in children and youth

Harrington, Deirdre M. and Belton, Sarahjane and Coppinger, Tara and Cullen, Muireann and Donnelly, Alan and Dowd, Kieran and Keating, Teresa and Layte, Richard and Murphy, Marie and Murphy, Niamh and Murtagh, Elaine and Woods, Catherine (2014) Results from Ireland's 2014 report card on physical activity in children and youth. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 11. S63-S68. ISSN 1543-3080

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Background: Physical activity (PA) levels are a key performance indicator for policy documents in Ireland. The first Ireland Report Card on Physical Activity in Children and Youth aims to set a robust baseline for future surveillance of indicators related to PA in children and youth. Methods: Data collected between 2003-2010 on more than 35,000 7- to 18-year-old children and youth were used and graded using a standardized grading system for 10 indicators. Results: Grades assigned for the indicators were as follows: overall physical activity levels, D-; sedentary behavior (TV viewing), C-; organized sport participation, C-: physical education, D-; active play, inconclusive (INC); active transportation, D; school, C-, community and the built environment, B; family, INC; and government, INC. Conclusions: PA recommendations exist in Ireland but this Report Card has shown that participation is still low. A number of promising policies, programs and services are in place but these require thorough evaluation and adequate resourcing. Agreement and implementation of a common framework for the systematic surveillance of indictors related to PA of children and youth is necessary to monitor change over time and ensure the impact of promising work is captured.

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Additional Information: Funding Information: This work originated at The NIHR Leicester-Loughborough Diet, Lifestyle, and Physical Activity Biomedical Research Unit, which is a partnership between University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Loughborough University and the University of Leicester. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the National Health Service, the National Institute for Health Research or the Department of Health (UK). The authors thank the following individuals for their contributions to the 2014 Ireland Report Card: Mr. Ciaran Doyle, Dr. D?irdre N? Chr?in?n, Dr. Mark Tremblay, Dr. Casey Gray, Dr. Peter Katzmarzyk, and Ms. Kara Dentro. This work was supported by an Irish Sports Council bursary and by all the institutions affiliated with the authors listed. The views expressed herein are the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the affiliated institutions. Publisher Copyright: © 2014 Human Kinetics, Inc.
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