Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Sport and Physical Education

Language

English

Abstract

Background/objective: The Active Healthy Kids 2018 Hong Kong Report Card provides ev idence-based assessment across 12 indicators of physical activity behaviors, sleep, and related community and government initiatives for children and youth.

Methods: The systematic development process provided by the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance was used. The best available data from the past 10 years were reviewed by a panel of experts. According to predefined benchmarks, letter grades were assigned to 12 indicators (Overall Physical Activity, Organized Sport Participation, Active Play, Active Transportation, Sedentary Behaviors, Physical Fitness, Sleep, Family, School, Community and Environment, Government, and Obesity). Results: Three of the five activity behaviors received C- or C grades: Overall Physical Activity (C-), Sedentary Behaviors (C-), and Organized Sport Participation (C). Active Transportation was graded B þ . Same to the 2016 Hong Kong Report Card, Active Play could not be graded. School and Government were graded C. Family and Community and Environment was graded D- and B, respectively. Three new indicators were added after the 2016 Report Card and they were graded from C- (Sleep) to D (Physical Fitness) or D- (Obesity).

Conclusions: Children and youth in Hong Kong have low physical activity and physical fitness levels and high sedentary behaviors despite a generally favorable community environment. A high prevalence of obesity and low levels of family support warrant more public health action. Researchers should address the surveillance gap in active play and peer support.

Keywords

Exercise, Family support, Overweight, Physical fitness, Sleep

Publication Date

1-2019

Source Publication Title

Journal of Exercise Science and Fitness

Volume

17

Issue

1

Start Page

14

End Page

19

Publisher

Elsevier

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

DOI

10.1016/j.jesf.2018.10.003

Link to Publisher's Edition

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jesf.2018.10.003

ISSN (print)

1728869X

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