Methods: Following a systematic process provided by the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance, a team consisting of 25 sports and physical activity specialists identified and reviewed the best available nationally representative data related to physical activity indicators. These data were then used to inform the grades of the ten (10) physical activity indicators.
Results: Sufficient data were identified to assign grades to five (5) indicators: Overall Physical Activity (F), Active Transportation (D), Sedentary Behavior (B), School (C-), and Government (B). Insufficient data existed to assign grades to the remaining five (5) indicators: Organized Sport and Physical Activity, Active Play, Physical Fitness, Family and Peers, and Community and Environment.
Conclusion: Despite government policies related to physical activity in the country, the majority of children and adolescents in the Philippines do not meet the recommended amount of physical activity for health. More work is needed to improve the translation of these policies into measurable programs, highlighting the need to create better physical activity opportunities and develop national surveillance mechanisms. Copyright © 2022 The Society of Chinese Scholars on Exercise Physiology and Fitness. Published by Elsevier (Singapore) Pte Ltd.
CitationCagas, J. Y., Mallari, M. F. T., Torre, B. A., Kang, M.-G. D. P., Palad, Y. Y., Guisihan, R. M., . . . Capio, C. M. (2022). Results from the Philippines' 2022 report card on physical activity for children and adolescents. Journal of Exercise Science & Fitness, 20(4), 382-390. doi: 10.1016/j.jesf.2022.10.001
- Active living
- Low-to-middle income countries
- Physical activity promotion
- Physical fitness
- Public health
- Sedentary behavior