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Daily Physical Activity in Ontario

Physical inactivity has become a serious health issue for Canadian children and youth. In 2005, the Ontario government created the Daily Physical Activity (DPA) policy as part of the Healthy Schools Program. The DPA policy requires school boards to ensure that all elementary students have a minimum of 20 minutes of sustained moderate to vigorous physical activity each school day during instructional time.

PHO is conducting a series of three studies assessing the DPA policy in Ontario, looking at its development, implementation, and current status.

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Study 1 examined the factors influencing the development and implementation of DPA. This study was based on key informant interviews with individuals from organizations involved in DPA’s development and release.

Find out more about this study and related publications

Study 2 explored the roles and experiences of public health unit staff involved in supporting and promoting DPA through their relationships with school board and school personnel. This study  included an online survey and key informant interviews with health units across the province.

Status: Preliminary findings were presented at the Canadian Public Health Association Annual Conference in June 2013 and the Healthy Children Forum in January 2014. A manuscript based on this study will be submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. 


Study 3 examines the current status of DPA implementation across a random sample of elementary schools in Ontario based on surveys of elementary school administrators and teachers. 

Status: Data collection for this study began in February 2014 and has now been completed.  Preliminary findings were presented at The Ontario Public Health Convention in April 2014, the Global Summit on the Physical Activity of Children, and the Canadian Public Health Association Annual Conference in May 2014, and an abstract has been accepted for presentation at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in November 2014.  Manuscripts reporting findings from this study will also be developed. 


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