Action Schools! BC: a socioecological approach to modifying chronic disease risk factors in elementary school children

Naylor, Patti-Jean, Macdonald, Heather M., Reed, Katharine E. and McKay, Heather (2006) Action Schools! BC: a socioecological approach to modifying chronic disease risk factors in elementary school children. Preventing Chronic Disease, 3 2: A60.1-A60.8.

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Author Naylor, Patti-Jean
Macdonald, Heather M.
Reed, Katharine E.
McKay, Heather
Title Action Schools! BC: a socioecological approach to modifying chronic disease risk factors in elementary school children
Journal name Preventing Chronic Disease   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1545-1151
Publication date 2006-04-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 3
Issue 2
Start page A60.1
End page A60.8
Total pages 8
Place of publication Atlanta, GA, United States
Publisher U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Language eng
Subject 111712 Health Promotion
Abstract BACKGROUND: Childhood physical inactivity and obesity are serious public health threats. Socioecological approaches to addressing these threats have been proposed. The school is a critical environment for promoting children's health and provides the opportunity to explore the impact of a socioecological approach. CONTEXT: Thirty percent of children in British Columbia, Canada, are overweight or obese, and 50% of youths are not physically active enough to yield health benefits. METHODS: Action Schools! BC, a socioecological model, was developed to create 1) an elementary school environment where students are provided with more opportunities to make healthy choices and 2) a supportive community and provincial environment to facilitate change at the school and individual levels. CONSEQUENCES: The environment in British Columbia for school- and provincial-level action on health behaviors improved. Focus group and project tracking results indicated that the Action Schools! BC model enhanced the conceptual use of knowledge and was an influencing factor. Political will and public interest were also cited as influential factors. INTERPRETATION: The Action Schools! BC model required substantial and demanding changes in the approach of the researchers, policy makers, and support team toward health promotion. Despite challenges, Action Schools! BC provides a good example of how to enhance knowledge exchange and multilevel intersectoral action in chronic disease prevention.
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