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PHO Grand Rounds: Investigating the effect of Manitoba’s province-wide physical education policy on secondary school students’ physical activity: a natural experiment
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
Venue: By webinar only
Health Promotion
City: Toronto
Type: PHO Grand Rounds
Format: Webinar

Note: This is an open invitation, and may be forwarded to interested parties.

In fall 2008, Manitoba implemented a province-wide policy requiring a physical education (PE) credit for students in grades 11 and 12, the first of its kind in Canada. The PE curriculum requires grades 11 and 12 students to complete a minimum of 55 hours (50% of course hours) of moderate to vigorous physical activity during the school semester to achieve the course credit.  The study being discussed during this session examines the impact of this PE policy on secondary school students’ moderate to vigorous physical activity as a large natural experiment. Findings can provide evidence about policy features that may improve the PE policy in Manitoba and inform future PE policies in other jurisdictions.

Presenter: Dr. Erin Hobin

Dr. Erin Hobin (PhD) is a Scientist in Heath Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention at Public Health Ontario with a status-only appointment at the University of Toronto and University of Waterloo. Her research focuses on developing and evaluating population level interventions for chronic disease prevention, specifically in the areas of healthy weights, healthy eating, physical activity, and alcohol control.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • List the key findings of the evidence examining the effectiveness of school-based physical activity interventions
  • Identify the key policy features of the province-wide physical education policy in Manitoba
  • Discuss the  policy evaluation research results and identify implications for physical activity practices and policies in Manitoba and other jurisdictions in Canada

Please note that you will receive details on how to join the webinar after registering for this event.
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