Results from the Hong Kong's 2022 report card on physical activity for children and adolescents

Wendy Y. Huang, Stephen H.S. Wong*, Cindy H.P. Sit, Martin C.S. Wong, Sam W.S. Wong, Robin S.T. Ho

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Abstract

Background/objective: This paper aimed to summarize the findings of the third (2022) Active Healthy Kids Hong Kong Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Adolescents and evaluate the secular trends of physical activity related indicators.

Methods: Five behavioral indicators (Overall Physical Activity, Organized Sport and Physical Activity, Active Play, Active Transportation, and Sedentary Behavior), three outcome indicators (Physical Fitness, Sleep, and Obesity) and four sources of influence indicators (Family and Peers, School, Community and Environment, and Government) were assigned a letter grade (ranging from A+ to F or incomplete) based on the best available evidence following a harmonized approach developed by the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance. Data sources included published journal articles, government reports, manual searches, and personal contacts; and consisted of both pre-COVID-19 and after-COVID-19 evidence.

Results: Grades for Overall Physical Activity (D−∗∗) and Sedentary Behavior (D) deteriorated compared to the 2018 Report Card. The other three behavioral indicators, Organized Sport and Physical Activity, Active Play, and Active Transportation, were assigned B−, D, and B+, respectively. Physical Fitness (D), Sleep (C−), and Obesity (D−) obtained the same grades as in the 2018 Report Card. School (B) and Government (C+) grades slightly improved, while Community and Environment grade (B) was stable. Family and Peers was not graded due to insufficient evidence.

Conclusions: Despite slight improvements in influence indicators, physical activity and sedentary behavior have changed unfavorably for children and adolescents in Hong Kong. Strategic investments are needed to improve adoption and implementation of effective interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-51
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Exercise Science and Fitness
Volume21
Issue number1
Early online date2 Nov 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2 Nov 2022

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

User-Defined Keywords

  • Children
  • Health
  • Physical activity
  • Physical fitness
  • Sedentary behavior

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