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BACKGROUND: The Active Healthy Kids 2014 England Report Card aims to provide a systematic assessment of how England is performing in relation to engaging and facilitating physical activity (PA) in children and young people. METHODS: The systematic methods and processes that underpin the Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card were used and adapted. Data and evidence were consolidated, reviewed by a panel of content experts, and used to inform the assignment of letter grades (A, B, C, D, F) to 9 core indicators related to PA. RESULTS: Children's Overall Physical Activity received a grade of C/D. Active Transportation and Organized Sport Participation received grades of C and C-, respectively. The indicators of School and Community and the Built Environment were graded favorable with grades of A- and B, respectively. Active Play, Sedentary Behaviors, Family and Peers, and Government Strategies and Investments were graded as INC (incomplete) due to a lack of nationally representative data and/or as a result of data not mapping onto the benchmarks used to assign the grades. CONCLUSIONS: Substantial provision for PA opportunities in England exists. Yet more effort is required to maximize use of these resources to increase PA participation.

Original publication

DOI

10.1123/jpah.2014-0165

Type

Journal article

Journal

J Phys Act Health

Publication Date

05/2014

Volume

11 Suppl 1

Pages

S45 - S50

Keywords

Adolescent, Child, England, Environment Design, Exercise, Female, Health Promotion, Humans, Motor Activity, Peer Group, Play and Playthings, Program Evaluation, Residence Characteristics, Schools, Sedentary Lifestyle, Social Support, Sports