Country Leader and Co Leader AHKI Attend the ISPAH Congress and Global Matrix 4.0

Agus Mahendra dan Dian Budiana, both country leaders and co-country leaders of AHKI, flew to Abu Dhabi, in order to attend the 9th ISPAH Conference and Global Matrix 4.0 held by AHKGA (Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance). These two events are organized collaboratively by ISPAH (International Society of Physical Activity and Health) and AHKGA. Agus and Dian left Indonesia on Friday, 21st of October 2022, by Etihad Airline, to arrive at Abu Dhabi International airport on the same day, around almost midnight local time.

The ISPAH Congress is the largest physical activity and health Congress in the world and ISPAH is widely recognized as the leading global society of researchers and practitioners focussed on promoting physical activity across the life course.

Being the first of its kind in the region as well as the first one after COVID-19, the congress promises to be both exciting and interesting in offering a whole new dimension as the unique location of Abu Dhabi will not only allow for knowledge and information sharing across the globe but also bring to the table some much-needed conversations on the role factors such as cultural and gender perceptions play in individuals being physically active.

In line with previous ISPAH congresses and recognizing the need for joined-up solutions, the congress will bring together academics, practitioners, thought leaders, and policymakers to discuss approaches for a joined-up approach to increase physical activity. Abu Dhabi is proud and honored to host the 9th International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH) Congress, 23rd -26th October 2022.

ISPAH is recognized as the leading global society of researchers and practitioners focussed on promoting physical activity across the life course. Here are a few highlights about ISPAH:

  • ISPAH connects you and your work with the global community to allow you to share and learn from each other
  • ISPAH actively supports the development of early- and mid-career researchers and practitioners, particularly those in low and middle-income countries
  • ISPAH connects research with global, regional, and national policy and practice, and actively engages in global advocacy for physical activity
  • ISPAH works to increase understanding of the mental, physical, and social health benefits of physical activity as we as the co-benefits to society
  • ISPAH welcomes interdisciplinary partnerships recognizing the role of all levels of government as well as sectors outside of health.

An active lifestyle with regular physical activity improves health and well-being at any age and it is never too late to start. Currently, 1 in 4 adults and 4 out of 5 adolescents are not active enough to gain the mental, social and physical health benefits. Globally, this costs healthcare systems over $54 billion each year.

ISPAH’s Global Target:

A 15% relative reduction in the global prevalence of physical inactivity in adults and in adolescents by 2030

We know that active living provides other benefits aside from health. Physically active communities are healthier, cleaner, more connected and sustainable, and good for business. ISPAH’s message to everyone is simple:


On this ISPAH Congress, Agus and Dian are obliged to present their AHKI report card entitled The 2022 Indonesia’s Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Adolescents, as a part of their research result organized by AHKI (Active Healthy Kids Indonesia) to report to the world of the status of the physical activity level of Indonesian Children. At the same time, this report also will be combined with other countries’ report cards (57 countries to be involved in this Global Matrix 4.0.), to become one of the World’s Report Card on Physical Activity for World’s children and adolescents on Global Matrix 4.0.

Global Matrix 4.0.

The Global Matrix initiative involves the production and subsequent comparison of country-specific Physical Activity Report Cards for children and youth. Using a harmonized process and the best available evidence in their jurisdictions, teams of experts assess and assign letter grades to ten common physical activity indicators: Overall Physical Activity, Organized Sport and Physical Activity, Active Play, Active Transportation, Sedentary Behaviours, Physical Fitness, Family and Peers, School, Community and Environment, and Government.

The fourth iteration, the Global Matrix 4.0 (, is currently in development and set to be the largest edition to date. The Global Matrix 4.0 launch will be a joint event with the ISPAH 2022 Congress and will involve the release of Report Cards from 60 countries across 6 continents as well as the results of the global comparisons.

To date, there have been three editions of the Global Matrix, all released in different parts of the world: the Global Matrix 1.0 (2014, Canada), the Global Matrix 2.0 (2016, Thailand, in partnership with ISPAH), and the Global Matrix 3.0 (2018, Australia). In 2014, the AHKGA initiated the creation of the “Global Matrix on Physical Activity for Children and Youth” to help raise awareness about the physical inactivity crisis and the need for preventive action at national and international levels.

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