25 Feb France’s 2018 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth: Results and International Comparisons.
Aubert, S., Aucouturier, J., Vanhelst, J., Fillon, A., Genin, P., Ganière, C., Praznoczy, C., Larras, B., Schipman, J., Duclos, M., & Thivel, D. (2020). France’s 2018 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth: Results and International Comparisons. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 17(3), 270-277.
BACKGROUND: Insufficient levels of physical activity and increasing sedentary time among children and youth are being observed internationally. The purpose of this paper is to summarize findings from France’s 2018 Report Card on physical activity for children and youth, and to make comparisons with its 2016 predecessor and with the Report Cards of other countries engaged in the Global Matrix 3.0.
METHODS: The France’s 2018 Report Card was developed following the standardized methodology established for the Global Matrix 3.0 by grading 10 common physical activity indicators using best available data. Grades were informed by national surveys, peer-reviewed literature, government and nongovernment reports, and online information.
RESULTS: The expert panel awarded the following grades: overall physical activity, D; organized sport participation and physical activity, C-; active play, INC; active transportation, C-; sedentary behaviors, D-; physical fitness, B-; family and peers, INC; school, B; community and the built environment, INC; and government, C.
CONCLUSIONS: Very concerning levels of physical activity and sedentary behaviors among French children and youth were observed, highlighting the urgent need for well-designed national actions addressing the presented physical inactivity crisis. The top 3 strategies that should be implemented in priority to improve the lifestyle of French children and youth are provided.
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