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In 2005, the Ontario Ministry of Education released the Daily Physical Activity (DPA) policy requiring school boards to ensure that all Ontario elementary school students engage in at least 20 minutes of sustained moderate to vigorous physical activity each school day during instructional time. As a school-based structured opportunity for physical activity, this policy potentially contributes to students achieving the Canadian guidelines of 60 minutes of physical activity per day, along with the associated health and other benefits. However, since its release, there have been no province-wide evaluations of the DPA policy in Ontario. Researchers from Public Health Ontario (PHO), the University of Waterloo, and the University of Guelph conducted this study to determine the extent to which DPA is currently being implemented in Ontario and the factors that may influence implementation.
This presentation summarizes key findings from the study including the current status of DPA implementation in Ontario elementary schools and factors significantly associated with implementation. Findings will also be discussed in relation to their potential implications for the current policy and how it may be improved.
Presenters: Dr. Ken Allison, Karen Vu-Nguyen and Bessie Ng
Dr. Ken Allison is senior scientist in the Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention (HPCDIP) department at PHO and associate professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. He is the principal investigator on a series of studies evaluating DPA policy implementation in Ontario.
Karen Vu-Nguyen is a research coordinator for the evaluation of DPA policy implementation in the HPCDIP department at PHO.
Bessie Ng is a research assistant in the HPCDIP department at PHO. Her current major project is the evaluation of DPA policy implementation in Ontario elementary schools.
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