Most Scottish children fail to meet recommendations for physical activity and diet, and the prevalence of overweight and obesity is twice as high as in 1990. This is a public health crisis, but with adverse effects beyond health, for educational attainment, the economy, and the environment. Tackling the crisis requires the engagement of many sectors of society, which in turn requires synthesis and dissemination of knowledge from research and public health surveillance beyond academia. An excellent model of knowledge exchange of the kind required in Scotland exists in Canada, the Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card (AHKC), published as an annual ‘state of the nation’ report since 2005. The AHKC focuses exclusively on physical activity, is aimed at the general public, health policymakers and practitioners, and has been pioneered by Professor Mark Tremblay.
This programme aims to develop and launch an Active Healthy Kids Report Card for Scotland based on the Canadian model. The Report Card has had a dramatic impact in Canada, and other nations have recently begun to develop Report Cards following the Canadian model.
For more information about the project, visit www.activehealthykidsscotland.co.uk/