Active Healthy Kids Scotland was formed in 2013, funded with a small Knowledge Exchange Grant from the Scottish Universities Insight Institute (www.scottishinsight.ac.uk) , and inspired by the Active Healthy Kids Canada report card (www.activehealthykids.ca), and the emerging international network of Active Healthy Kids Report Cards.

The Active Healthy Kids Scotland Report Card 2013 is a ‘state of the nation’ report on the physical activity and health of Scottish children and adolescents.

The report card was a partnership between the University of Strathclyde (Prof John J Reilly), University of Aberdeen (Prof Geraldine McNeill, Dr Smita Dick), and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Institute (Prof Mark S Tremblay).

Downloading the Report Card

The Active Healthy Kids Scotland Report Card 2013 is available to download in both Short-Form and Long-Form.

The short-form highlights the main findings, while the long-form provides more detail on the evidence sources used, the decisions made on grades, and references.

Using the Report Card

The report card provides critical and up- to- date information on the physical activity and health of Scottish children and adolescents, and can be used in a number of ways:

Government:  use it for development of policy, and to inform investment decisions.

Researchers/academics: share with students, and use it to inform grant applications.

Teachers, coaches, health professionals, charitable organisations: use it to inform your work with children, adolescents, and their families.

Funding bodies: use it to help shape funding strategy and decisions.

Next Steps

We hope to publish an academic paper on the report card in 2014. The Scottish card will be compared with other national report cards around the world as part of the Toronto Summit on the Physical Activity of Children (www.activehealthykids.ca) in May 2014.

We aim to produce the next Scottish card in May 2015, but need project funders and partners to do so. If you might be interested in helping write or fund the next card please contact Prof John J Reilly (john.j.reilly@strath.ac.uk).

For more information on the process of the cards development please click here