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BACKGROUND: Regular physical activity improves physical and mental health, yet children's physical activity levels were low in England's 2014 Report Card. Within this paper, we update the 2014 Report Card to assess current information for the 9 indicators of physical activity. METHODS: A search for nationally representative data on 9 indicators of physical activity was conducted and the data were assessed by an expert panel. The panel assigned grades [ie, A, B, C, D, F, or INC (incomplete)] to each indicator based on whether children across England were achieving specific benchmarks. The 2016 Report Card was produced and disseminated. RESULTS: The following grades were awarded: Overall Physical Activity Levels: D-; Organized Sport Participation: D; Active Play: INC; Active Transportation: C-; Sedentary Behaviors: INC; Family and Peers: INC; School: B+; Community and the Built Environment: B; Government Strategies and Investment: INC. CONCLUSIONS: The grades have not improved since the 2014 Report Card and several gaps in the literature are still present. While children's physical activity levels remain low alongside competing sedentary choices, further national plans and investment with local actions are urgently needed to promote physical activity especially via active play, active transport, and family support.

Original publication

DOI

10.1123/jpah.2016-0298

Type

Journal article

Journal

J Phys Act Health

Publication Date

11/2016

Volume

13

Pages

S143 - S149

Keywords

adolescent, exercise, guidelines and recommendations, policy, public health, sedentary behavior, Adolescent, Benchmarking, Child, Consumer Advocacy, England, Environment Design, Exercise, Health Behavior, Health Policy, Health Promotion, Humans, Motor Activity, Peer Group, Play and Playthings, Program Evaluation, Residence Characteristics, Schools, Sedentary Lifestyle, Sports