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Mugiment Idazkaritza Teknikoa.

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Physical inactivity has been identified as the fourth leading risk factor of premature mortality in adulthood. In contrast, accumulating sufficient moderate-to vigorous-intensity physical activity (MVPA) is recognized as a key determinant of physical, mental, social, and environmental health. Among children and youth (aged 5–17 y), several systematic reviews have reported physical activity benefits on physical, physiological, developmental, mental, cognitive, and social health, as well as academic achievement. Despite these benefits, it has been estimated that 80% of youth (11–17 y old) worldwide do not reach the minimum recommendation of 60 minutes of MVPA per day. This is alarming given that physical inactivity among school-aged children and youth has been found to be associated with adverse physical, mental, social, and cognitive health outcomes, lower physical fitness, and lower physical activity levels in later life.

To achieve a better understanding of the global variation in child and youth physical activity and its correlates, the Global Matrix of Report Card grades on physical activity was launched for the first time in 2014 (info+)

The Global Matrix initiative is led by the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance, which is an incorporated not-for-profit organization consisting of researchers, health professionals, and stakeholders who collaborate to advance physical activity in children and youth from around the world.

In the next edition, Global Matrix 4.0, we are going to take part in this initiative following the harmonized procedures to develop the Basque Country Report Card by grading the following 10 common indicators using the best available data:

  • Overall Physical Activity
  • Organized Sport and Physical Activity
  • Active Play
  • Active Transportation
  • Sedentary Behaviors
  • Physical Fitness
  • Family and Peers
  • School
  • Community and Environment
  • Government

The Basque Government is partnering with Mondragon University, University of Deusto and University of the Basque Country to achieve this goal. 

A team has been set up to create the Basque Country Report Card. The following researchers have been selected for their following attributes: #PertsonaAktiboak (active people), PhDs with experience in the physical activity field, their language skills (Basque, Spanish and English), women and men, and as you can see in their pictures all of them are parents.

  • Aitor Coca: Physical Activity and Sports Sciences Department. Faculty of Psychology and Education. University of Deusto.
  • Ilargi Gorostegi Anduaga: Department of Physical Education and Sport. Faculty of Education and Sport. University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU).
  • Juan Aldaz: Department of Sociology and Social Work. Faculty of Law. University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU).
  • Mikel Bringas: Physical Activity and Sports Office. Basque Government.
  • Neritzel Albisua: Education Innovation Department. Faculty of Humanities and Education Sciences. Mondragon University.
  • Sara Maldonado-Martín: Department of Physical Education and Sport. Faculty of Education and Sport. University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU).

We wish them good luck in this project, and would like to thank the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance for opening their doors to the Basque Country.