06 Jul Results from the Netherlands’ 2018 Report Card and Report Card+ on Physical Activity for Children and Youth with and without Chronic Medical Condition
Congratulations to the Dutch Report Card team on their recent paper, “Results from the Netherlands’ 2018 Report Card and Report Card+ on physical activity for children and youth with and without chronic medical condition,” just published in the Public Health journal! Citation details and a summary of the paper are below.
Takken, T., de Jong, N., Duijf, M., van den Berg, S., & Wendel-Vos, W. (2020). Results from the Netherlands’ 2018 Report Card and Report Card+ on physical activity for children and youth with and without chronic medical condition. Public Health, 185, 161–166. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.puhe.2020.04.044
Objective. The objective of this study was to summarize the results of the 2018 the Netherlands’ Physical Activity Report Card (PARC) for children and youth as well as for children and youth with a chronic medical condition (CMC; PARC+).
Study design. This study is a survey.
Methods. A total of 12 indicators were graded using the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance PARC development process, which includes a synthesis of the best available research, surveillance, policy and practice findings and expert consensus. Grades were based on the best available evidence and ranged from grade A (>80% of the children succeed) to grade F (less than 20% succeed) or incomplete (INC). Sources included national surveys, peer-reviewed literature and grey literature such as government and non-government reports and online content.
Results. Grades assigned for PARC/PARC+ were as follows: Overall Physical Activity: C-/D+; Organized Sports Participation: B/B-; Active Play: D/D; Active Transportation: A-/B+; Sedentary Behaviour: D/D; Physical Fitness: INC /INC; Family and Peers: C/INC; School: C+/A-; Community and Environment: INC /INC; Government: INC /INC; Sleep: A-/B+ and Weight Status: A-/A-, respectively.
Conclusions. The report shows that the Netherlands’ youth scores well on (organized) participation in sports and active transport to and from school. However, they do not participate enough in overall physical activity. Despite the fact that outdoor play is the most important exercise activity for children, outdoor play scores an insufficient score for both healthy children and children with a CMC. Sports participation also contributed significantly to daily physical activity. However, sports participation alone is not enough to comply with the national activity guidelines.
The full paper can be accessed here.