Report Card Grades

Overall Physical Activity: F

Organized Sport and Physical Activity: D-

Active Play: INC

Active Transportation: C-

Sedentary Behavior: C-

Physical Fitness: B-

Family and Peers: INC

School: B+

Community and Environment: B+

Government: B+

Top Three Priorities

  1. Provide more organized sport opportunity in the community to compensate for the small number of school teams and clubs. These programs may take advantage of the physical activity infrastructure in schools. Non-traditional or modified sports should be included to attract those who are at greater risk for physical inactivity, such as girls and youth with disabilities.
  2. Raise awareness of the importance of physical activity in long-term physiological and psychological health, as well as academic achievement, among parents.
  3. Promote active play, especially in young children, by providing more, better and safer infrastructure.

Report Card Leaders

Chen-Kang Chang, Ph.D.

Ching-Lin Wu, Ph.D.

Testimonial

"It has been a pleasure to become part of the global community in promoting physical activity in children and youth. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the smile on children’s face when they are participating in physical activity and sport. Together we can make the world healthier and happier." - Chen-Kang Chang, Ph.D. and Ching-Lin Wu, Ph.D.

Conference Abstract: Movement to Move

Results from Chinese Taipei (Taiwan)’s 2018 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth

Chen-Kang  Chang1,*, Ching-Lin Wu2

1Department of Sport Performance, National Taiwan University of Sport, Taichung, Taiwan. 2Graduate Institute of Sports and Health Management, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan.

Correspondence: Chen-Kang  Chang (wspahn@seed.net.tw)

Introduction Recent national surveys in Taiwan revealed that a large proportion of children and youth did not have sufficient physical activity.

Methods

The 2018 Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) Report Card included 9 core indicators that are common to the Global Matrix 3.0. The best available data from 2010 to 2018 were consolidated.

Results

The grades for the 2018 Chinese Taipei Report Card are provided in Table 1. The overall physical activity in children and adolescents is poor (F). The participation of sport teams and clubs in schools is low (D-) while the sedentary behaviour is abundant (C-). The fitness level is somewhat reasonable (B-) when comparing to the current norm established in 2011. The government has recognized the issue of insufficient physical activity and developed corresponding policy (B+). The physical education system and physical activity infrastructure from elementary schools to senior high schools are somewhat adequate (B+). More than 70% schools have adopted Sport & Health 150 (SH150) project which aims to reach 150 min physical activity per week in schools, excluding regular physical activity classes. The teenagers seem to be satisfied with physical activity infrastructure in the community (B+). There is no available nationwide high-quality data for active play and family and peers.

Conclusion It seems that, despite the great effort by the government and schools, physical activity and fitness levels are still low while sedentary behaviour remains high. The missing link may be the influence of family and peers, which warrant future research.

Table 1: Grades for Chinese Taipei (Taiwan)’s 2018 Report Card

IndicatorGrades
Overall Physical ActivityF
Organized Sport ParticipationD-
Active PlayINC
Active TransportationC-
Sedentary BehaviorsC-
Physical FitnessB-
Family and PeersINC
SchoolB+
Community and EnvironmentB+
GovernmentB+