With the goal of creating a Global Matrix 2.0, the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance (AHKGA) (www.activehealthykids.org) was created to provide a portal and mechanism where countries interested in participating could register and be mentored on how to develop a Report Card and participate in the Global Matrix 2.0. Information about the AHKGA was distributed through networks of those that participated in the first Global Matrix and was available with open access on the internet.

Forty countries, representing all inhabited continents and from all income levels, responded with interest by the registration deadline (Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Cuba, Denmark, England, Estonia,
Finland, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Mozambique, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Scotland, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United States, Venezuela, Wales, Zimbabwe) and all but 2 countries were able to complete their Report Cards and participate in the Global Matrix 2.0.

These 38 countries represent approximately 20% of the countries in the world, 40% of the world’s land mass, 60% of the world’s population, and an increase of >150% in participating countries compared to the Global Matrix 1.0. On November 16, the Global Matrix 2.0 was released at the 2016 International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health (www.ispah2016.org) in Bangkok, Thailand.

In addition to participating in the launch preparations and activities, all participating country Report Card leaders made poster presentations on their individual country Report Card and provided copies of Report Cards for those in attendance.

For more information, go to http://www.alwag.org/ahkg/gm2016.pdf to download a copy of the Global Matrix 2.0 on Physical Activity for Children and Youth.