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Results from Ireland's 2014 Report Card on Physical Activity in Children and Youth

Harrington, Deirdre M, Belton, Sarahjane, Coppinger, Tara, Cullen, Muireann, Donnelly, Alan, Dowd, Kieran, Keating, Teresa, Layte, Richard, Murphy, Marie, Murphy, Niamh, 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 (Supp 1). pp. 563-568. [Journal article]

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URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1123/jpah.2014-0166


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 promisingwork is captured

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:physical education; sedentary; sport; transportation
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Sport
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute
Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute > Centre for Physical Activity and Health
ID Code:29565
Deposited By: Mrs Julie Haydock
Deposited On:06 Jun 2014 11:52
Last Modified:10 Jul 2015 10:51

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