Health Promoting Secondary Schools (HPSS) was a âwhole schoolâ program across five
intervention and five control high schools in British Columbia, Canada designed to improve the Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity (MVPA) and healthy eating behaviors of grade 10 students. There is a growing concern for the health of todayâs adolescent population in terms of Physical Activity (PA), healthy eating, and screen time. Nearly one third of Canadian adolescents are overweight or obese. This is not surprising given that approximately half of Canadian youth, aged 12-19 years, are considered to be inactive and spend approximately 8 hours per day of screen time on average. In addition to inactivity, research has shown increases in unhealthy dietary habits among youth. Specifically, sugar consumption is on the rise and fruit and vegetable intake does not meet the recommended amount. The implications of these practices, particularly inactivity, are costly in terms of the economic effect and the subsequent poor health outcomes and premature mortality. One approach to health promotion via schools is a whole or comprehensive school model addressing changes to the school environment and school policies, in addition to curriculum, to support healthy practices among students.
Health Promoting Secondary Schools.
Last date updated on June, 2014