Report Card Grades

Overall Physical Activity: D

Organized Sport and Physical Activity: F

Active Play: INC

Active Transportation: C

Sedentary Behavior: C-

Physical Fitness: C-

Family and Peers: INC

School: C-

Community and Environment: INC

Government: D

Top Three Priorities

  1. Improve nutrition in children of all ages, as this will help meeting the requirements for accomplish a good level of physical activity.
  2. Allocate budget for maintaining the infrastructure in good conditions, eliminating corruption so the budget really reaches the intended use.
  3. Promote physical activity as a value for good health, using technology and health promotion resources.

Report Card Leader

Javier Brazo Sayavera, Ph.D.

Report Card Team

Testimonial

"It has been a pleasure and an honor to take part of this great project. Thanks to that participation, Uruguay has established a start point to get children and youth more active. Being part of this project has allowed to connect people and join efforts to achieve the same aim around the world." - Javier Brazo Sayavera, Ph.D.

Conference Abstract: Movement to Move

Report card on physical activity for children and youth in Uruguay

Javier Brazo-Sayavera1,2; Cecilia del Campo3; María José Rodríguez4; Inacio Crochemore Mohnsam da Silva5,6; Eugenio Merellano-Navarro7; Pedro R. Olivares7

1Polo de Desarrollo Universitario EFISAL, Universidad de la República, Rivera, Uruguay.
2Instituto Superior de Educación Física, Universidad de la República, Rivera, Uruguay.
3Comisión Honoraria para la Salud Cardiovascular, Presidencia de la Nación, Montevideo, Uruguay.
4Área programática Enfermedades No Transmisibles, Ministerio de Salud Pública, Montevideo, Uruguay.
5Postgraduate Program in Physical Education, University of Pelotas, Pelotas, Brazil.
6Postgraduate Program in Epidemiology, University of Pelotas, Pelotas, Brazil.
7School of pedagogy, Universidad Autónoma de Chile, Talca, Chile.

Introduction

The interest in developing strategies to prevent noncommunicable diseases has experimented an increase in Uruguay. These strategies could start with prevention programs during the childhood and adolescence. To implement policies in this field it is necessary to have available information on the level of practice as well as a surveillance system. Thus, Uruguay was enrolled in the Global Matrix 3.0 with the aim of identifying opportunities to study and enhance data on this topic, as well as creating its first report card on physical activity among children and adolescents.

Methods

The Uruguay’s 2018 Report Card included the 10 core physical activity indicators that are common to the Global Matrix 3.0 (Overall Physical Activity, Organized Sport Participation, Active Play, Active Transportation, Sedentary Behavior, Physical Fitness, Family and Peers, School, Community and Environment, Government Strategies and Investments). Each of these 10 indicators belongs to 1 of 3 categories: Daily Behaviors, Settings and Sources of Influence, and Strategies and Investments.

The Report Card synthesized data from multiple sources to inform the 10 indicator grades. The data sources relied upon most heavily were the Global School-based Student Health Survey (2012 GSHS, World Health Organization), scientific papers from national journals and grey literature such as government and nongovernment reports and online content.

Results

IndicatorGrade
Overall Physical ActivityD
Organized Sport ParticipationF
Active PlayINC
Active TransportationC
Sedentary BehavioursC-
Physical FitnessC-
Family and PeersINC
SchoolC-
Community and EnvironmentINC
GovernmentD

Conclusions/recommendations

Uruguay has created its first report card on physical activity in children and adolescents, reporting about 10 indicators related to factors that influence the physical activity in this population. The grades reported ranged from D to C, except “Organized Sport Participation” that was assigned a grade of “F”. Nevertheless, other three indicators were incomplete, being evident the lack of information. Therefore, a better-coordinated approach between government and academy is required in the future.

Acknowledgments

Authors thank the Universidad de la República for financing this project.