Dissemination of a Physical Activity Policy on School Websites in Alberta and British Columbia

Katie Weatherson, Brent Bradford, Stephen Berg, Stefanie Sloboda

Abstract


Most children in Canada are not physically active enough to achieve health benefits. The Daily Physical Activity (DPA) policy was mandated in Alberta and British Columbia (BC) to help children accumulate more physical activity during the school day. Dissemination of DPA policy requirements is necessary to ensure that policy adoption at a provincial level is implemented at the school- and classroom-level. The purpose of this study was to examine if school boards and individual schools in Alberta and BC recognize the DPA initiative and to explore how DPA information is presented on their websites. After reviewing the policy statements for each province, provincial school websites were scanned for DPA content and it was found that the majority of school boards and individual schools are not using websites as a means to disseminate DPA initiative information. Future research should examine whether or not school boards use other systems to disseminate and monitor the implementation of such policies. This is critical to ensure implementation fidelity and effective evaluation in the future.

Keywords: physical activity policy, school, children


Keywords


Daily Physical Activity; Implementation; Policy

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