Core Physical Activity Indicators

These nine indicators and their associated benchmarks have been used in the Global Matrix 1.0 and the Global Matrix 2.0.

NOTE: The indicators and benchmarks for the Global Matrix 3.0 have changed. Please login to the member area to view the current indicators and benchmarks.

Overall Physical Activity % of children and youth who meet physical activity guidelines.
Organized Sport and Physical Activity % of children and youth who participate in organized sport and/or physical activity programs.
Active Play % of children and youth who engage in unstructured/unorganized active play for several hours a day.
Active Transportation % of children and youth who use active transportation to get to and from places (school, park, mall, friend’s place).
Sedentary Behavior % of children and youth who meet sedentary behavior or screen-time guidelines.
Family and Peers % of parents who facilitate physical activity and sport opportunities for their children (eg, volunteering, coaching, driving, paying for membership fees and equipment).

% of parents who meet the physical activity guidelines for adults.

% of parents who are physically active with their kids.

% of children and youth with friends and peers who encourage and support them to be physically active.

% of children and youth who encourage and support their friends and peers to be physically active.
School % of schools with active school policies (eg, Daily Physical Activity, recess, “everyone plays” approach, bike racks at school, traffic calming on school property, outdoor time).

% of schools where the majority (≥ 80%) of students are taught by a PE specialist.

% of schools where the majority (≥ 80%) of students are offered at least 150 minutes of PE per week.

% of schools that offer physical activity opportunities (excluding PE) to the majority (≥ 80%) of their students.

% of parents with children and youth who have access to physical activity opportunities at school in addition to PE.

% of schools with students who have regular access to facilities and equipment that support physical activity (eg, gymnasium, outdoor playgrounds, sporting fields, equipment in good condition).
Community and the Built Environment % of children or parents who perceive their community/municipality is doing a good job at promoting physical activity (eg, variety, location, cost, quality) % of communities/municipalities that report they have policies promoting physical activity % of communities/municipalities that report infrastructure (eg, sidewalks, trails, paths, bike lanes) specifically geared toward promoting physical activity.

% of children or parents with facilities, programs, parks, and playgrounds available to them in their community.

% of children or parents living in a safe neighborhood where they can be physically active.

% of children or parents reporting well-maintained facilities, parks/playgrounds in their community that are safe.

% of children and youth who report being outdoors for several hours a day.
Government Strategies and Investments Evidence of leadership and commitment in providing physical activity opportunities for all children and youth.

Allocated funds and resources for the implementation of physical activity promotion strategies and initiatives for all children and youth.

Demonstrated progress through the key stages of public policy making (ie, policy agenda, policy formation, policy implementation, policy evaluation, and decisions about the future).

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