Results from South Korea's 2018 Report Card on physical activity for children and youth

Jung Woo Oh, Eun Young Lee, Jung Jun Lim, Sang Hwa Lee, Yu sun Jin, Bong Kil Song, Bumjo Oh, Chung Gun Lee, Deok Hwan Lee, Han Joo Lee, Hyon Park, Hyun Joo Kang, Mi Seong Yu, Sang Hoon SUH, Se Jung Park, So Jung Lee, Soo Jung Park, Sungchul Im, Wook Song, Yewon YuYoonkyung Song, Youngwon Kim, Justin Y. Jeon, Yeon Soo Kim

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Background/Objective: South Korea's 2018 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth is the second comprehensive evaluation of physical activity and the sources of influence based on the 10 core indicators provided by the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance. It will serve as an advocacy tool to promote physical activity among children and youth. Methods: Three national surveillance data (i.e., 2017 Korea Youth Risk Behavior Web-based Survey, 2016 Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2016 Physical Activity Promotion System) were used as main sources to evaluate the indicators. Descriptive statistics were performed to obtain prevalence estimates of physical activity-related indicators. In addition, expert opinions as well as the most recently available published or unpublished relevant sources were synthesized. Results: South Korea's 2018 Report Card, compared to the 2016 Report Card, showed favourable changes in the Active Transportation (B+), Organized Sports Participation (C), Sedentary Behaviours (D), and School (D+) indicators, while unfavourable changes were shown in Overall Physical Activity (F) and Government (D). Physical Fitness was graded as D+. In parallel with the 2016 Report Card, Active Play, Family and Peers, and Community and Environment remain ungraded due to insufficient data. Conclusions: Successes as well as gaps and research needs were identified in the 2018 Report Card. Though some indicators have shown improvement, most children and youth continue to be insufficiently physically active with overall poor grades (Average of D+). To achieve substantial improvement in all grades in future Report Cards, more institutional and governmental support and investment is needed to promote physical activity. Furthermore, effort should be made to generate data pertaining to the indicators that were ungraded.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-33
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Exercise Science and Fitness
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jan

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Funding Information:
All authors have agreed with the content of the manuscript and approved its submission to the journal. This manuscript has not been previously published, and is not presently under consideration by another journal. This work was supported by a grant from the Ministry of Health and Welfare. There are no conflicts of interests associated with this paper.

Funding Information:
The authors thank the Korea Center for Disease Control and Prevention for producing and providing the Korean National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey (KNHANES) and the Korea Youth Risk Behavior Web-based Survey (KYRBS) data. We also thank the Ministry of Education for providing the Physical Activity Promotion System (PAPS) data. This work was supported by a grant from the Ministry of Health and Welfare [grant numbers 700-20180077 , 2018].

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© 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


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