Today France has released their inaugural French Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Adolescents. Leadership for the French Report Card came from former HALO Post-Doc Dr. David Thivel, current HALO PhD student Salomé Aubert, and former HALO visiting PhD student Fabien Rivière.

An expert panel graded indicators of physical activity in children and adolescents based on available data and statistics. They found that:

  • Only half of the 3-10 years old seems to engage in extra-school physical activity.
  • Less than 40% of the 3-10 years old use active transportation to get to school.
  • 3- to 17-year-old children and adolescents spend about 3 hours in front of a screen daily.
  • Among OECD countries, France devotes the most time to Physical Education in secondary schools.

The 2016 French Report Card assigns grades in 8 categories, with Sedentary Behaviours, Active Transportation and Sport Participation receiving the lowest marks (“D”) and Physical Education receiving the highest mark (“B”):

  • “INC for Overall Physical Activity
  • “D” for Sedentary Behaviours
  • “D” for Active Transportation
  • “B” for Physical Education
  • “D” for Sport Participation
  • “INC” for Community & Environment
  • “INC” for Family & Peers
  • “INC” for Government & Institutions

For more information or copies of the French Report Card, or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Dr. David Thivel