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Type Journal Article - Journal of Physical Activity and Health
Title Results from Venezuela’s 2016 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth
Author(s)
Volume 13
Issue Suppl 2
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2016
Page numbers S314-S329
URL http://journals.humankinetics.com/doi/pdf/10.1123/jpah.2016-0610
Abstract
Background: The Venezuelan Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth is the first assessment of information
related to physical activity in Venezuela. It provides a compilation of existing information throughout the country and assesses
how well it is doing at promoting opportunities for children and youth. The aim of this article is to summarize the information
available. Methods: Thirteen physical activity indicators were graded by a committee of experts using letters A to F (A, the
highest, to F, the lowest) based on national surveys, peer review studies, and policy documents. Results: Some indicators report
incomplete information or a lack of data. Overweight and Obesity were classified as A; Body Composition and Nongovernmental
Organization Policies as B; Municipal Level Policies as C; and Overall Physical Activity Levels and National Level Policies as
D. Conclusions: 63% of children and youth have low physical activity levels. Venezuela needs to undergo a process of articulation
between the several existing initiatives, and for said purposes, political will and a methodological effort is required. Investments,
infrastructure, and opportunities will be more equal for all children and youth if more cooperation between institutions
is developed and communication strategies are applied.

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