NZ children second most active - report

  • 18/11/2016
The report ranked New Zealand kids second in the world at active play (Newshub/ file)
The report ranked New Zealand kids second in the world at active play (Newshub/ file)

New Zealand children are the second most physically active in the world, according to a new report.

The ranking comes from the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance, which organised report cards for 38 countries over six continents.

New Zealand received a grade of B- for overall physical activity, behind Slovenia, which was rated A-. Australia was given a D- .

The University of Auckland worked on the data for the New Zealand report card and one of the lead researchers, Associate Professor Melody Smith, says nine common indicators were used.

The results show that about two-thirds of New Zealand children and youth (62 percent of females and 72 percent of males) participated in at least an hour of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity daily.

But Dr Smith says there is a substantial age-related decline, with A- for those aged five to nine, dropping to C- for those aged 15 to 18.

She said there was room for improvement across the indicators, especially in active transportation, with less than half of children getting to school by active means.

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