Physical activity for children and adolescents consists of several different parts throughout the day, and it is strongly connected to everyday routines, social networks and the living environment. Through the latest research results, the Report Card sheds light on the state of physical activity of children and adolescents, as well as how it can be promoted in Finland.
Finland’s Report Card 2018 was prepared by five research institutions and 19 experts. The work group included Finnish specialists from different fields, working on research, policy or practices related to physical activity among children and adolescents. The LIKES Research Centre for Physical Activity and Health coordinated the compilation process. Finland’s Report Card was prepared as part of a global alliance, and the Global Matrix 3.0 of 49 countries will be published in November 2018.
In the Report Card, physical activity is examined and presented through 11 indicators. The different indicators were assessed by a group of specialists according to international instructions.
The global comparison focuses on school-aged children and adolescents. In Finland, preschool-aged children and upper secondary students were also included in the Report Card. The results include all children and adolescents and the physical activity of children and youth with disabilities is described in a separate chapter.
Positive development in the 2000s
In addition to the latest research results, the Report Card outlines changes in physical activity during the 2000s. Positive development can be seen in Finland in terms of physical activity of children and youth. The proportion of 11–15-years-olds who meet the physical activity recommendations has risen and the share of those who are physically least active has fallen over the past decade.
Decisions that facilitate and prevent physical activity for children and adolescents are being made at all levels of society. The entire society is responsible for promoting the health and physical activity of children and adolescents, and this requires multidisciplinary cooperation between different operators. The effects of decision-making can be seen concretely in the everyday lives of children. The work group encourages decision-makers at all levels – nationally, regionally, in municipalities, education institutes, sports clubs and families – to facilitate physical activity for children and youth and eliminate barriers to it.
Finland's Report Card 2016 was published together with 37 other countries.
Finland’s Report Card 2016 on Physical Activity for Children and Youth is a research-based summary report regarding physical activity among Finnish children and adolescents and its promotion in various contexts. Physical activity for children and adolescents consists of several different parts throughout the day, and it is strongly connected to everyday routines, social networks and the living environment. Through the latest research results, the Report Card sheds light on the state of physical activity of children and adolescents through ten indicators.
Everyone working with children and adolescents and influencing their lives can facilitate their physical activity. Such agents can be children’s families, friends, early childhood education, schools, healthcare, sports clubs and other associations, among others. Municipalities, as well as the Finnish Parliament, make decisions that intentionally or inadvertently affect the conditions for physical activity among children and adolescents.Promoting children and adolescents’ wellbeing with physical activity is included in the Finnish Government Programme, and the concrete goal is to engage every school-aged child and adolescent in physical activity for at least one hour a day.
Five research institutions produced the Report Card. The LIKES Research Centre for Physical Activity and Health coordinated the compilation process, which was funded by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture.
For further details, please download a summary material (slideshow): Finland's Report Card 2016
Download the publication: Finland's Report Card 2016