It's been well documented that time spent in sedentary pursuits, and the overweight and obesity rates are at an all-time high among children and youth. Schools, particularly health and physical education classes, have been identified as prime venues for addressing such concerns, as these locations are readily available for children and youth during their formative, developmental years (~5-17years-of-age). Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) are among the few provinces in the country that utilize physical education specialists across all grades from kindergarten through grade-12. As such, it is imperative to continually develop specialists’ knowledge and understanding, allowing for the establishment of ongoing opportunities to combat some of these preventative health issues.
The purpose of this proposed project is to share knowledge and expertise, and engage with the physical education community in the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District (NLESD), to bring about healthy behaviour change in schools.
Through a series of meetings/town halls, the objective of this proposed project is to work collaboratively with these specialists to better understand the barriers associated with physical inactivity among children and youth in NL, and develop a relationship to help serve the schools in the province in combatting against these issues at the University level.