Results from the Philippines' 2022 report card on physical activity for children and adolescents

Jonathan Y. CAGAS, Marla Frances T. MALLARI, Beatriz A. TORRE, Mary-Grace D.P. KANG, Yves Y. PALAD, Roselle M. GUISIHAN, Maria Isabela AURELLADO, Chessa SANCHEZ-PITUK, John Guiller P. REALIN, Marvin Luis C. SABADO, Marie Eloisa D. ULANDAY, Jacqueline F. BALTASAR, Mona Liza A. MAGHANOY, Ralph Andrew A. RAMOS, Revin Aaron B. SANTOS, Catherine Mamaid CAPIO

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Abstract

Background/Objective: The 2022 Philippine Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Adolescents provides a comprehensive assessment of physical activity and other related behaviors, including the various factors and settings that influence these behaviors. It serves as an advocacy tool to increase awareness of the physical activity situation among children and young people in the country. This article describes the development and results of the first Philippine Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Adolescents.

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)382-390
JournalJournal of Exercise Science & Fitness
Volume20
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2022

Citation

Cagas, 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

Keywords

  • Active living
  • Low-to-middle income countries
  • Physical activity promotion
  • Physical fitness
  • Public health
  • Sedentary behavior

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