Report Card Grades

Overall Physical Activity: D

Organized Sport and Physical Activity: B-

Active Play: D-

Active Transportation: C+

Sedentary Behavior: D-

Physical Fitness: C+

Family and Peers: C+

School: B+

Community and Environment: B

Government: C+

Top Three Priorities

  1. Develop national surveillance system to track the levels of all movement behaviours.
  2. Enhance scientific evidence on health risks of physical inactivity and sedentary behaviours and initiate discussion about development of national 24-hour movement guidelines for children and youth.
  3. Implement policy audit tool(s) to evaluate real effects of government strategies and investment on promoting physical activity.

Report Card Leader

Aleš Gába, Ph.D.

Testimonial

"It has been a privilege to be a part of the group of the more than 500 people from around the world who are keen on make world better through their enthusiasm to get children and youth more physical active." - Aleš Gába, Ph.D.

Conference Abstract: Movement to Move

Results from the Czech Republic’s 2018 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth

Aleš Gába, Lukáš Rubín, Petr Badura, Eliška Roubalová, Erik Sigmund, Michal Kudláček, Dagmar Sigmundová, Jan Dygrýn, Zdenek Hamrik, Petra Hiklová

Introduction: Regular physical activity (PA) is associated with numerous health benefits. However, the decreasing level of PA and increasing screen-time among Czech schoolchildren has been well documented in the last two decades. To build effective intervention and prevention programs, it is necessary to review all available sources of evidence. Therefore, the aim is to summarize the results of the first Czech Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth based on a synthesis of the most recently available evidence.

Methods: The Report Card included the 10 indicators that are common to the Global Matrix 3.0 project. To assess the indicator grades, a multi-level search strategy was used to find all relevant sources that provide published/unpublished data collected from 2013 through 2018. We retrieved 724 records from database search and 81 records identified through other sources. A total of 40 records were identified as eligible for data extraction. The data were synthesised and a set of benchmarks was used to assign grades. Final grades were assigned upon consensus of all members of the national research work group.

Results: Overall PA in Czech children and youth was observed to be inadequate, with high rates of excessive screen-time and low numbers of children and youth spending time in unstructured/unorganized play. On the other hand, some grades indicated promising foundations to build on in future. They are represented, for instance, by a relatively high number of children and youth participating in organized sports and/or PA programs, or generally PA-friendly setting (e.g., family, school, and built environment).

Conclusions: There is ample evidence that Czech children and youth are insufficiently active, and the prevalence of physical inactivity and excessive screen-time has increased in both sexes during the last two decades. Thus, PA in childhood and adolescence should be promoted intensively and effective intervention and prevention programs are needed.

Funding: Supported by the institutional grant of Palacký University Olomouc (FTK_2018_007).

Table. Grades for the Czech Republic’s 2018 Report Card

IndicatorGrade
Overall Physical ActivityD
Organized Sport ParticipationB–
Active PlayD–
Active TransportationC+
Sedentary BehavioursD–
Physical FitnessC+
Family and PeersC+
SchoolB+
Community and EnvironmentB
GovernmentC+