Surveillance decision

Surveillance decision

We will not update the guideline on physical activity for children and young people. However, we will replace recommendation 12 with a cross referral to recommendation 8 in the NICE guideline on physical activity: walking and cycling (PH41).

Reasons for the decision

The majority of new evidence was found to be broadly consistent with the current recommendations. We found new evidence on multicomponent interventions and after-school programmes, which was not fully in line with the current recommendations; however, no impact is expected due to high heterogeneity in study findings and small sample sizes in studies. We also found new evidence on the effect of classroom equipment and active video games, which are not mentioned in the guideline. Further research is required in these areas before the impact on recommendations can be considered.

It was highlighted that the recommendations should align with the most recent Chief Medical Officer (CMO) guidelines on UK physical activity levels. We have proposed an editorial correction to take this into account and will revisit this area when the next update of the CMO guidelines is published in 2019.

For further details and a summary of all evidence identified in surveillance, see appendix A.

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