Report Card Grades

Overall Physical Activity: D-

Organized Sport and Physical Activity: B

Active Play: D-

Active Transportation: C-

Sedentary Behavior: D-

Physical Fitness: INC

Family and Peers: B-

School: B+

Community and Environment: B+

Government: INC

Top Three Priorities

  1. Promote active transport to school
  2. Reduce sedentary time in and after school through teacher and parent education
  3. Increase funding for the evaluation of policies to promote physical activity

Report Card Leader

Yolanda Demetriou, Ph.D.

Testimonial

"We are honoured to be part of the AHKGA 3.0 in Adelaide. The Report Card initiative is a great tool to sensitise countries around the world about the importance of physical activity and the necessity of actions against inactivity." - Yolanda Demetriou, Ph.D.

Conference Abstract: Movement to Move

Results from Germany’s 2018 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth

Demetriou, Y., Schlund, A., Bucksch, J., Reimers, A.K., Niessner, C., Schmidt, S., Mutz, M.,

Vogt, L., Völker, K., Finger, J., Woll, A., Hebestreit, A.

Background:

The German Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth 2018 provides a comprehensive evaluation of physical activity (PA) levels and correlated indicators using the Active Healthy Kids Canada (AHKC) grading framework. The Report Card aims to evaluate and benchmark the national actions promoting PA in children and youth in Germany with the ultimate aim to raise awareness for the promotion of PA.

Methods:

The 2018 German Report Card evaluates adherence to PA recommendations and effectiveness of interventions identified by an expert panel. Sources included national surveys, peer-reviewed literature, and government and non-government reports. The expert panel assigned grades (i.e. A, B, C, D, F, or INC (incomplete)) to the 10 Report Card indicators using the benchmarks provided by the AHKC.

Results:

The following grades were awarded:

IndicatorGrade
Overall Physical ActivityD-
Organized Sport ParticipationB
Active PlayD-
Active TransportationC-
Sedentary BehavioursD-
Physical FitnessINC
Family and PeersB-
SchoolB+
Community and EnvironmentB+
GovernmentINC

Conclusions:

For Germany, the expert panel assigned good grades for indicators relating to setting and sources of influence (i.e. family and peers, school and community and the built environment). Nevertheless, a large proportion of children and youths in Germany failed meeting the WHO-recommendations for PA and engaged in high levels of sedentary behaviours (SB) despite the favourable condition within the relevant settings. Therefore, we assigned poor grades for the behavioural indicators overall, for PA, SB, active play and active transportation except the indicator Organised Sport Participation that has a strong tradition in Germany. Still, membership in a sport club did not increase PA levels sufficiently and generally, poor PA grades call for further actions facilitating PA enhancement and create environments supporting an active living for German children and youth.