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Diplock, Kenneth J.; Jones-Bitton, Andria; Leatherdale, Scott T.; Rebellato, Steven; Hammond, David; Majowicz, Shannon E. – Journal of School Health, 2019
Background: We explored priority areas of food safety education needed by high-school students within Ontario, Canada. Methods: We analyzed transcripts from semistructured interviews with 20 experts in food safety, food safety education in youth, and high-school education in Ontario. Inductive thematic analysis was used to identify priority food…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Food, Safety Education, High School Students
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Godin, Katelyn M.; Patte, Karen A.; Leatherdale, Scott T. – Journal of School Health, 2018
Background: Many Canadian schools offer breakfast programs; however, students' engagement in these programs is low, while breakfast skipping is highly prevalent among youth. This study examined whether the availability of breakfast programs supports adolescents' regular breakfast eating, and identified characteristics of breakfast skippers who are…
Descriptors: Predictor Variables, Eating Habits, Breakfast Programs, Secondary School Students
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Brown, Kristin M.; Elliott, Susan J.; Leatherdale, Scott T. – Journal of School Health, 2018
Background: Although schools are considered opportune settings for youth health interventions, a gap between school health research and practice exists. COMPASS, a longitudinal study of Ontario and Alberta secondary students and schools (2012-2021), used integrated knowledge translation to enhance schools' uptake of research findings. Schools…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Secondary Schools, Secondary School Students, Health Behavior
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Acton, Rachel B.; Nguyen, Nghia; Minaker, Leia M. – Journal of School Health, 2018
Background: Limited evidence exists on effects of school-based nutrition policies. This study explored the influence of mandatory versus voluntary provincial school nutrition policies on student eating behaviors. Methods: A cross-sectional, school-based survey assessed student eating behaviors using self-report survey measures in a representative…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, School Policy, Nutrition, Eating Habits
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Morin, Pascale; Lebel, Alexandre; Robitaille, Éric; Bisset, Sherri – Journal of School Health, 2016
Background: School environments providing a wide selection of physical activities and sufficient facilities are both essential and formative to ensure young people adopt active lifestyles. We describe the association between school opportunities for physical activity and socioeconomic factors measured by low-income cutoff index, school size…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Socioeconomic Influences, Educational Environment, Physical Activities
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Minaker, Leia; Hammond, David – Journal of School Health, 2016
Background: Frequent fruit and vegetable (FV) consumption is protective against some cancers, cardiovascular disease, and other chronic diseases. This study explores self-reported frequency of FV consumption in a nationally generalizable sample of Canadian youth in grades 6-12. Methods: Data from grades 6-12 students who participated in the…
Descriptors: Smoking, Health Behavior, Eating Habits, Foreign Countries
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Webster, Lauren; Chaiton, Michael; Kirst, Maritt – Journal of School Health, 2014
Background: This study explores the patterns of use and co-use of tobacco and cannabis among Ontario adolescents over 3 decades and if characteristics of co-users and single substance users have changed. Methods: Co-use trends for 1981-2011 were analyzed using the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey,…
Descriptors: Smoking, Marijuana, Substance Abuse, Adolescents
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Murnaghan, Donna; Morrison, William; Laurence, Courtney; Bell, Brandi – Journal of School Health, 2014
Background: As youth struggle with anxiety and depression, promoting positive mental fitness is a primary concern. Canadian school-based mental health programs that focus on positive psychology and positive mental health initiatives emphasize safe and supportive environments, student engagement, resilience, and self-determination. This study…
Descriptors: Mental Health, Foreign Countries, Correlation, Student Characteristics
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Langille, Donald B.; Asbridge, Mark; Azagba, Sunday; Flowerdew, Gordon; Rasic, Daniel; Cragg, Amber – Journal of School Health, 2014
Background: Associations of lower school connectedness have been seen with adolescent sexual risk behaviors, but little is known about gender differences with respect to these relationships. Understanding any such differences could contribute to better supporting the school environment to promote youth sexual health. Methods: We used provincially…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Adolescent Attitudes, Health Behavior, Risk
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Morin, Pascale; Turcotte, Sylvain; Perreault, Gino – Journal of School Health, 2013
Background: With a view toward developing concerted efforts in fostering healthy eating habits and a physically active lifestyle among young people, a study was carried out to explore associations between eating behavior and physical activity (PA). Methods: In the school district, questionnaires were completed at home by parents of primary school…
Descriptors: Eating Habits, Physical Activity Level, Elementary School Students, Secondary School Students
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Hobin, Erin P.; Leatherdale, Scott; Manske, Steve; Dubin, Joel A.; Elliott, Susan; Veugelers, Paul – Journal of School Health, 2013
Background: This study examined differences in students' time spent in physical activity (PA) across secondary schools in rural, suburban, and urban environments and identified the environment-level factors associated with these between school differences in students' PA. Methods: Multilevel linear regression analyses were used to examine the…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Foreign Countries, Physical Activities, Rural Urban Differences
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Gates, Michelle; Hanning, Rhona M.; Gates, Allison; McCarthy, Daniel D.; Tsuji, Leonard J. S. – Journal of School Health, 2013
Background: Canadian Aboriginal youth have poorer diet quality and higher rates of overweight and obesity than the general population. This research aimed to assess the impact of simple food provision programs on the intakes of milk and alternatives among youth in Kashechewan and Attawapiskat First Nations (FNs), Ontario, Canada. Methods: A pilot…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Pilot Projects, Health Programs, Food
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Gahagan, Jacqueline C.; Jason, Timothy; Leduc, Derek – Journal of School Health, 2012
Background: Male adolescents underutilize youth health centers' (YHC) services despite facing a variety of significant health issues. The purpose of our study was to explore adolescent males' perceptions of health service needs, utilization of YHC services, and barriers and facilitators for such utilization as a function of school grade among a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Males, Adolescents, School Health Services
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Fuller, Daniel; Sabiston, Catherine; Karp, Igor; Barnett, Tracie; O'Loughlin, Jennifer – Journal of School Health, 2011
Background: The purpose of the present study was to examine whether the availability of intramural or extramural sports in secondary schools is associated with physical activity levels in youth throughout secondary school and at age 20. Methods: Eight hundred and eight adolescents from 10 secondary schools in Montreal, Canada, provided physical…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Body Composition, Intramural Athletics, Physical Activities
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Raman, Sudha R.; Boyce, William F.; Pickett, William – Journal of School Health, 2009
Background: Adolescents with disabilities are at risk for poor health outcomes including injury. The objective of this study was to examine if disability status modifies the association between risk behavior and injury among adolescents. Methods: The cross-sectional Health Behavior in School-Aged Children Survey was administered to a…
Descriptors: Prevention, Injuries, Correlation, At Risk Persons
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