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Seminar – Need for standardization in the global surveillance of physical activity of children and youth

August 25, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

All are invited to the CEDAR/MRC Epidemiology Seminar:

Need for standardization in the global surveillance of physical activity of children and youth

Dr Salomé Aubert, Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Center; Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance

Watch a recording of this seminar and download the slides as a PDF.



To present findings from the available global surveillance systems of physical activity (PA) for children and youth (0-17 year-old), and to highlight research gaps and needs for their improvement.


Narrative review of the international surveillance systems, studies, and global initiatives collecting or compiling evidence on the PA among children and youth.


PA surveillance systems lack standardization and are not conducted regularly. Surveillance data are mostly focused on older children and adolescents and are especially scarce for PA trends over time, vulnerable populations, and in resource-limited low-middle-income countries. Variation in the geographic patterns of PA levels are observed between studies, which could be attributed to the diversity of approaches used to measure PA.


There is a need for globally accepted and standardized measurement, reporting, and accountability protocols that countries can universally follow in order to have meaningful progress in the global surveillance and promotion of PA among children and youth.

About Dr Aubert

Salomé Aubert grew up in New-Caledonia but moved to France to complete three bachelor’s degrees at the Université de Rennes 2 between 2009 and 2012 in health and physical activity sciences.

She followed that with the completion of a MSc in which she worked on the quantitative and qualitative evaluation of the student’s lifestyle behaviour and conditions of living way of life in the city of Rennes. She has just completed her PhD in Population Health at the University of Ottawa under the supervision of Dr Mark Tremblay.  Her work is focused on the international promotion of an active heathy lifestyle among children and youth.

Dr Aubert is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance. In her free time, she is also an artist and an outdoor enthusiast.

Twitter: @SalomeAubert

Instagram: @Salome.Aubert

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August 25, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


United Kingdom


CEDAR/MRC Epidemiology Seminar Series