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WALES 2021 Active Healthy Kids (AHK) Report Card: The Fourth Pandemic of Childhood Inactivity

Amie Richards, Kelly Mackintosh Orcid Logo, Nils Swindell, Malcolm Ward, Emily Marchant Orcid Logo, Michaela James Orcid Logo, Lowri Edwards Orcid Logo, Richard P. O. Tyler Orcid Logo, Dylan Blain Orcid Logo, Nalda Wainwright, Sarah Nicholls Orcid Logo, Marianne Mannello, Kelly Morgan Orcid Logo, Tim Evans, Gareth Stratton Orcid Logo

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Volume: 19, Issue: 13, Start page: 8138

Swansea University Authors: Amie Richards, Kelly Mackintosh Orcid Logo, Nils Swindell, Malcolm Ward, Emily Marchant Orcid Logo, Michaela James Orcid Logo, Lowri Edwards Orcid Logo, Richard P. O. Tyler Orcid Logo, Sarah Nicholls Orcid Logo, Gareth Stratton Orcid Logo

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DOI (Published version): 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 t...

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Published in: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
ISSN: 1660-4601
Published: MDPI AG 2022
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Abstract: 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 Description: Data Availability Statement: The data are available to the research team according to ethical approval. The corresponding author is happy to provide data if required for scrutiny.
Keywords: Health; sedentary; play; policy; community and environment; school; children; physical activity
College: College of Engineering
Funders: This research was funded by The Waterloo Foundation, grant number 1158–4603. The APC was partially funded by an Early Career Researcher award to A.B.R. from the Paediatric Work Physiology Conference and by the Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship (KESS), as the funder of A.B.R.’s PhD. It is a pan-Wales higher-level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is in part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.
Issue: 13
Start Page: 8138