Active Healthy Kids Wales

The inspiration for the first Active Healthy Kids­ - Wales Report Card has come from the Canadian Report Card that has been published annually for the last 10 years.

The Active Healthy Kids Wales expert group seek to use data on physical activity to advocate for childrens' right to play, be hooked on sport and dance, learn and achieve and be active and healthy. 

Professor Stratton and Dr Williams coordinated efforts to produce a report card for Wales in May 2013. Between October 2013 and June 2014 an AHK-­Wales expert group led by Professor Stratton was formed.

Being part of the International ‘Active Healthy Kids’ project will help establish Wales in a Global Framework motivated to promote health and active behaviour in children.

Our rationale is that Wales has the highest prevalence of child overweight in the UK and levels of sedentary behaviour, physical activity and fitness are amongst the worst globally. On the other hand Wales is a policy pioneer in children’s play, has an active travel act and prioritises physical literacy as a key part of a child’s entitlement in the school curriculum. The AHK-Wales 2016 report card summarises the country’s progress and position on children’s health related physical activity.

Here are a few of the grades:

Physical Activity and Health Behaviour Outcomes    

Sedentary Behaviour: D-
68% of boys and girls aged 11­‐15 years reported watching entertainment on a screen for two or more hours per day. Whilst 53% spent 2+ hours per day gaming. 

Physical Activity: D-
15% of 11­‐15 year old boys and girls reported being physically active for at least 60min everyday of the week. In another survey fir 4-15 year olds, 35% were active for at least 1 hour everyday.

Active and Outdoor Play: C
61% of children reported  being most active when in a park.

Active Transportation: C
40% of children aged 7-16 reported they walked, cycled, scooted or skated to school. 

Organised Sports Participation: C
48% of pupils took part in sport on 3 or more occasions per week. Children from minority ethnic groups were less active than White British children. Fewer children from areas of high deprivation or disability participated in sport 3 or more times per week.