Exploring the implementation and potential adaptation of Action Schools! (2009)

BC for Rural and Remote First Nations Communities

This document describes a project designed to test whether a school-based healthy lifestyles program could improve the health of Aboriginal children and youth in Canada.

Overall, the health of Aboriginal people in Canada is poorer than that of other Canadians. In some communities, 50 to 65 percent of the children are overweight or obese and, in parallel to this increased rate of obesity, there has been a rise in the incidence of type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes among Aboriginal youth.

The goal of the project was to determine if the existing Action Schools! BC model was feasible and appropriate for schools and children in rural and remote Aboriginal communities, and to explore implementation in that context. The long-term goal is to improve the health and health literacy of Aboriginal Canadians living in Aboriginal communities through a school-based program designed to increase physical activity and physical fitness, and improve nutrition.

The Action Schools! BC model goes beyond the traditional confines of the classroom by using a “whole school model” and also actively engages stakeholders in the school and in the larger community.

The program does not currently address the Aboriginal need to incorporate, clearly and specifically, the desired traditional activities and diet. However, the flexibility of the program makes it adaptable and appropriate for Aboriginal communities, the authors note.

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2014-05-28
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PJ Naylor, H McKay, J Scott, LE Bridgewater, J Drummond and C Panagiotopoulos. Exploring the implementation and potential adaptation of Action Schools! 2009. Web. 17 Feb. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/exploring_action_schools/exploring_action_schools.pdf>
PJ Naylor, H McKay, J Scott, LE Bridgewater, J Drummond & C Panagiotopoulos (2009). Exploring the implementation and potential adaptation of Action Schools!. Retrieved February 17, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/exploring_action_schools/exploring_action_schools.pdf
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