Since 1999 Switzerland has physical activity recommendations
for adults, since 2006 also for school-age children and adolescents.
The best available estimates indicate that 32% of adults
meet the recommendations for three endurance-type training
sessions and another 9% the minimal recommendations of half
an hour moderate intensity physical activity on most days of the
week. 13% of Swiss adolescents seem to meet the minimal recommendations
of one hour on every day of the week, 35% on five
days per week. These data rely on standardised, nationally representative
surveys providing robust estimates, but they are based on
self-report instruments of untested, poor or questionable validity
against objective measurements of physical activity. No nationally
representative data is available on compliance of children with
the recommendations. Physical activity recommendations for all
age groups in Switzerland should be reviewed in the light of the
WHO recommendations expected for 2010. Established national
surveys should be continued to allow the description of trends.
In addition, physical activity behaviour of children and other age
groups should be assessed using internationally standardised and
nationally validated questionnaires and objective measurements.
The feasibility of physiological measurements at the population
level should be explored.