For 30 years HBSC has been a pioneer cross-national study gaining insight into young people's well-being, health behaviours and their social context. This research collaboration with the WHO Regional Office for Europe is conducted every four years in 44 countries and regions across Europe and North America. With adolescents making about one sixth of the world's population, HBSC uses its findings to inform policy and practice to improve the lives of millions of young people. [more]
This visualisation allows you to explore HBSC's data for young people who report participating in at least 2 hours of vigorous physical activity for 2 or more hours per week.
Physical activity is essential for long- and short-term physical and mental health and may improve academic and cognitive performance. It is associated with reduced anxiety and depression, and increased musculoskeletal and cardiovascular health among young people.
Findings demonstrate that adolescence is a key period for intervention, with overall activity levels declining between the ages of 11 and 15, especially among girls. Good physical-activity habits established in youth are likely to be carried through into adulthood. Low levels of physical-activity and excess sedentary behaviour in youth are associated with obesity in adult life, a serious and costly global public health issue.
This visualisation has received funding from the European Union in the framework of the Health Programme (2008-2013). The content of this visualisation represents the views of the author and it is his sole responsibility; it can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Commission and/or the Executive agency does not accept responsibility for any use that may be made of the information it contains.
[01-08-2015 to 31-10-2015]