Results from Venezuela’s 2018 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth

Marianella Herrera-Cuenca, Betty Méndez-Pérez, Maritza Landaeta-Jiménez, Xiomarys Marcano, Evelyn Guilart, Luis Sotillé, and Rosalba Romero

The National Standard Survey for the Venezuelan population (ENCOVI, 2017) reports a deterioration in quality of life for Venezuelans, showing that 80% of households live in food insecure conditions. The Venezuelan Study of Nutrition and Health presented that the majority of adolescents older than 15 years do not exercise regularly because they perceive the high rates of criminality as an obstacle. As the economic situation deteriorates in the country, infrastructure for sports practice also deteriorate, while necessary active transportation increases and no government actions are being implemented to solve these problems. Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and private initiatives are still successful in promoting sports and physical activity for children and youth in Venezuela. The purpose of this short article is to summarize the results of the 2018 Venezuelan Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth Descargar publicación