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Healthy Schools Research

These collected research articles highlight research that relates to healthy schools, the Healthy Living Performance Standards and Comprehensive School Health, and many have a British Columbia focus. They are intended to support and guide healthy school efforts and to share within the healthy schools community.

Comprehensive School Health
Comprehensive School Health Research Group. (2006, 2009 revised). The Better Practices Model resource guide: Informing future researchers, policy makers and organizations.
Koehn, D; Cassels, K. (2012). The Interaction of Healthy Agencies and British Columbia’s Education System Facilitated by The Network of Healthy Schools.
Local Action, Creating Health Promoting Schools (2006). World Health Organization
Promoting Health in Schools: From Evidence to Action - International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE)
Healthy Eating
Day, M.E., Strange, K.S., McKay, H.A., Naylor, P.J. (2008). Action Schools! BC - Healthy Eating: Effects of a whole-school model to modifying eating behaviours of elementary school children. Canadian Journal of Public Health 99(4) 328-331.
Youth Can! Results of a Pilot Trial to Improve the School Food Environment. (2011). Jones, S; Spence, M., Hardin, S., Clemente, N., Schoch, A. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, vol.43(4).
An Examination of British Columbia Dairy Foundation’s “Food Sense” Program. (2006). University of British Columbia, Applied Research and Evaluation Services.
Nutrition Education Intervention Improves Vegetable-Related Attitude, Self-Efficacy, Preference, and Knowledge of Fourth Grade Students. (2012). Wall, D; Least, C; Gromis, J; Lohse, B. Journal of School Health, volume 82 (1), pp.37-43
Active Living
Zebedee, J., Gibbons, S.L., & Naylor, P.J. (2010). Family influence on physical activity: Exploring the nature of reciprocal relationships. PHEnex Journal, 2(3), 1-17.
Ahamed Y.A., Macdonald H.M., Reed K.E., Naylor P.J., Liu-Ambrose T., McKay, H.A. (2007). School based physical activity does not compromise children’s academic performance. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 39(2), 371-376.
Moving in the Right Direction, Physical Activity Among BC Youth (2011). McCreary Centre Society
Supportive Environments for Learning: Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Within Comprehensive School Health. (2010). Volume 101 (2).
Healthy Practices
Tobacco Use Among BC Youth (McCreary Centre Society)
Child- and Youth-Friendly Land-use and Transportation Planning Guidelines for British Columbia. (2010). Gilbert, R., O’Brien, C.; The Centre for Sustainable Transportation.
Joni A. Mayer, Susan I. Woodruff, Donald J. Slymen, James F. Sallis, Jean L. Forster, Elizabeth J. Clapp, Katherine D. Hoerster, Latrice C. Pichon, John R. Weeks, George E. Belch, Martin A. Weinstock, Todd Gilmer. (2011) Adolescents’ Use of Indoor Tanning: A Large-Scale Evaluation of Psychosocial, Environmental, and Policy-Level Correlates. American Journal of Public Health 101:5, 930-938
Healthy Relationships
Youth who are bullied (McCreary Centre Society)
The Effectiveness of Whole-School Anti-bullying Programs: A Synthesis of Evaluation Research. (2004). Smith, J., Schneider, B., Smith, P., Ananiadou, K. School Psychology Review, Vol. 33(4), pp.547-560
A Formal Theory of Student Culture and Norms. (2004). Bishop, J., Bishop, Ma., Bishop, Mi., Gelbwasser, L., Green, Peterson, E., Rubinsztaj., Zuckerman, A.
The Relationship Between Bullying Behaviors and Perceived School Connectedness Among Middle School Students. (2010). Backus, A. (Dissertation).
Positive Mental Health
Morrison, W. & Kirby, P. (2010). Schools as a Setting for Promoting Positive Mental Health: Better Practices and Perspectives. Summerside, PEI: Joint Consortium for School Health.
Making the Right Connections: Promoting positive mental health among BC youth (McCreary Centre Society)
Educating the Heart as well as the Mind: Social and Emotional Learning for School and Life Success - Kimberly A. Schonert-Reichl and Shelley Hymel

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