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NZ children second most active: report

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 17/11/2016

New Zealand children are the second most physically active in the world, according to a report that covered six continents.

The ranking comes from the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance, which organised report cards for 38 countries.

New Zealand received a grade of B minus for overall physical activity, behind Slovenia, which was rated A minus. Australia was given a D minus.

The University of Auckland worked on the data for the New Zealand report card and one of the lead researchers, Associate Professor Melody Smith, says nine common indicators were used.

The results show that about two-thirds of New Zealand children and youth (62 per cent of females and 72 per cent of males) participated in at least an hour of moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity daily.

But Dr Smith says there is a substantial age-related decline, with A minus for those aged five to nine, dropping to C minus for those aged 15 to 18.

She said there was room for improvement across the indicators, especially in active transportation, with less than half of children getting to school by active means.

NZ RESULTS

Overall Physical Activity B-

Organised Sport Participation C+

Active Play B-

Active Transportation C-

Sedentary Behaviours C

Family and Peer Support C

School Environment C+

Community and Built Environment B

Government Strategies and Investments B-

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