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WALES 2021 Active Healthy Kids (AHK) report card: the fourth pandemic of childhood inactivity

Richards, Amie B., Mackintosh, Kelly A., Swindell, Nils, Ward, Malcolm, Marchant, Emily, James, Michaela, Edwards, Lowri C., Tyler, Richard, Blain, Dylan, Wainwright, Nalda, Nicholls, Sarah, Mannello, Marianne, Morgan, Kelly ORCID:, Evans, Tim and Stratton, Gareth 2022. WALES 2021 Active Healthy Kids (AHK) report card: the fourth pandemic of childhood inactivity. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19 (13) , 8138. 10.3390/ijerph19138138

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This is the fourth Active Healthy Kids (AHK) Wales Report Card. The 2021 card produced grades on children and young people’s physical activity (PA) using pre-COVID-19 data that were not used in previous versions. Eleven quality indicators of PA were graded through expert consensus and synthesis of the best available evidence. Grades were assigned as follows: Overall PA—F; Organised Sport and PA—C; Active Play—C+; Active Transportation—C−; Sedentary Behaviours—F; Physical Fitness—C−; Family and Peer Influences—D+; School—B−; Community and the Built Environment—C; National Government and Policy—C; and Physical Literacy—C−. All but three grades remained the same or decreased from the 2018 AHK-Wales Report Card (Active Play increased from C− to C+; Active Transportation, D+ to C−; Family and Peers, D to D+). This is concerning for children’s health and well-being in Wales, particularly given recent evidence that PA has further decreased during the COVID-19 pandemic. The results from the Report Card should be used to inform the decision making of policy makers, practitioners and educators to improve children and young people’s PA levels and opportunities and decrease PA inequalities.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement (DECIPHer)
Additional Information: This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https:// 4.0/)
Publisher: MDPI
ISSN: 1660-4601
Funders: The Waterloo Foundation
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 11 July 2022
Date of Acceptance: 24 June 2022
Last Modified: 09 May 2023 22:53

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