Established in 2015, Active Healthy Kids Hong Kong consists of researchers and practitioners in the area of physical activity and health who have collaborated with stakeholders to produce Hong Kong’s Report Cards on physical activity for children and youth.
The Active Healthy Kids Hong Kong Report Card is an evidence-based synthesis on physical activity behaviors in children and youth, based on the best available evidence across a series of indicators related to individual behaviors, settings and sources of influence, and strategies and investments. The evidence is evaluated and interpreted by an expert consensus panel, resulting in the assignment of a letter “grade”. The report card aims to consolidate existing evidence, facilitate international comparisons, encourage more evidence-informed physical activity and health policies, improve surveillance of physical activity and most importantly, to promote and facilitate opportunities for physical activity among children and youth in Hong Kong.
This report card was produced in partnership with the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance and The Chinese University of Hong Kong with support from Sun Life Hong Kong as part of its purpose to help people live healthier lives.
The “Global Matrix”
The Hong Kong Report Card is part of a global effort to promote physical activity in children and youth (Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance, AHKGA). In November 2016, the results of the first Hong Kong Report Card were published in conjunction with the results from 37 other countries and regions (known as “Global Matrix 2.0”) at an international conference. The update of report card results is usually conducted every two to three years. The Global Matrix 3.0 consisting of Report Cards from 49 countries and regions including Hong Kong was launched in November 2018. The fourth iteration, the Global Matrix 4.0 (www.activehealthykids.org/4-0/) was released on October 24, 2022 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in conjunction with the ISPAH Congress 2022. The report by the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance (AHKGA) compared 57 countries from six continents to assess global levels and trends in child and adolescent physical activity, resulting in the “Global Matrix 4.0” comparison of grades.
Using the Report Card
The report card provides the most recent, relevant and critical information on physical activity and health of children and youth in Hong Kong, and its generated findings can be used in a number of ways:
Government: For policy development and investment decisions.
Researchers/academics: To enhance student learning, identify new research areas and inform grant applications.
Teachers, coaches, and allied health professionals, charitable organizations: For professional development and inform decision making.
Funding bodies: For funding strategy and inform decision making.