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dc.contributor.supervisor Harrowing, Jean N. Brooks, Kimberlee 2012-09-04T18:15:30Z 2012-09-04T18:15:30Z 2012
dc.description xi, 179 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm en_US
dc.description.abstract The school environment is often the focus of healthy eating and physical activity policies intended to address childhood obesity. However, students are usually excluded from the development and implementation of such policies. The purpose of this study was to explore grade nine student perspectives regarding: supports and barriers to healthy eating and physical activity at school; strategies for improving the school nutrition and physical activity environments; and potential student contribution to the development, implementation, and evaluation of school-based policies. A qualitative approach utilizing focus groups and photovoice with 30 students from two schools in southern Alberta was used to collect data. Major themes included: access to healthy food choices; teacher influences; peer influences; access to physical activity opportunities; impact of marketing; and conflicting messages. Students can provide valuable insights to policy development, implementation and evaluation. Implications for future research and policy development are reviewed. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Health Sciences, c2012 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Health Sciences) en_US
dc.subject Student participation in administration -- Alberta -- Medicine Hat en_US
dc.subject School environment -- Alberta -- Medicine Hat en_US
dc.subject School improvement programs -- Alberta -- Medicine Hat en_US
dc.subject Obesity in children -- Prevention en_US
dc.subject Obesity in adolescence -- Prevention en_US
dc.subject High schools -- Health promotion services -- Alberta -- Medicine Hat en_US
dc.subject Physical education for youth en_US
dc.subject Nutrition policy en_US
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en_US
dc.title Grade nine students and policy : perspectives of the school nutrition and physical activity environment en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Health Sciences en_US Masters

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