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Title: Results From Ireland North and South's 2016 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth
Authors: Harrington, Deirdre M.
Murphy, M.
Carlin, A.
Coppinger, T.
Donnelly, A.
Dowd, K. P.
Keating, T.
Murphy, N.
Murtagh, E.
O'Brien, W.
Woods, C.
Belton, S.
First Published: 1-Nov-2016
Publisher: Human Kinetics
Citation: Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 2016, 13 (Suppl 2), pp. S183-S188
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Physical activity (PA) is a key performance indicator for policy documents in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Building on baseline grades set in 2014, Ireland's second Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth allows for continued surveillance of indicators related to PA in children and youth. METHODS: Data and information were extracted and collated for 10 indicators and graded using an international standardized grading system. RESULTS: Overall, 7 grades stayed the same, 2 increased, and 1 decreased. Grades were assigned as follows: Overall PA, D (an increase); Sedentary Behavior (TV), C-; Physical Education, D-; Active Play, Incomplete/Inconclusive (INC); Active Transportation, D; School, D (a decrease); Home (Family), INC; Community and the Built Environment, B+ (an increase); and Government, INC. Unlike 2014's report card, different grades for the Republic (C-) and Northern Ireland (C+) were assigned for Organized Sport Participation. CONCLUSIONS: Although the grade for Overall PA levels increased to a D, this may reflect the increased quality and quantity of data available. The double burden of low PA and high sedentary levels are concerning and underscore the need for advocacy toward, and surveillance of, progress in achieving targets set by the new National Physical Activity Plan in the Republic and obesity and sport plans in the North.
DOI Link: 10.1123/jpah.2016-0334
ISSN: 1543-3080
eISSN: 1543-5474
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © Human Kinetics, 2016. This version of this article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives License ( ), which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
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