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Canadian Journal of Public Health

, Volume 100, Issue 2, pp 125–129 | Cite as

Ontario’s Daily Physical Activity Policy for Elementary Schools: Is Everything in Place for Success?

  • Jennifer E. Robertson-WilsonEmail author
  • Lucie Lévesque
Quantitative Research
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Abstract

Objectives

The development, implementation, and evaluation of policies may play an important role in promoting health behaviours such as physical activity. The Ontario Ministry of Education (OME) recently mandated Memorandum No. 138 requiring daily physical activity (DPA) for Ontario elementary students in grades one through eight. The purpose of this paper is to examine implementation strategies.

Methods

Hogwood and Gunn’s 10 preconditions for “perfect implementation” are used to examine publicly available Ministry DPA policy documents to assess whether these implementation strategies have been considered in the policy documents.

Results

Several preconditions (e.g., allocation of resources, task specification) appear to have been considered, however a number of preconditions (e.g., the sustainability of resources, extent to which the policy is valued, and evaluation plans) thought to be important require additional attention to ensure optimal DPA implementation.

Conclusions

Additional reflection upon Hogwood and Gunn’s implementation preconditions would, in our opinion, assist in facilitating optimal DPA implementation as per Memorandum No. 138.

Key words

School exercise physical activity public policy 

Résumé

Objectifs

Le développement, la mise en application et l’évaluation des politiques peuvent jouer un rôle important dans la promotion des comportements favorisant la santé, telle l’activité physique. En réponse aux niveaux d’inactivité constatés chez les jeunes, le Ministère de l’Éducation de l’Ontario a récemment rendu obligatoire une politique d’activité physique quotidienne (APQ), Mémorandum no. 138, visant les élèves de la première à la huitième année du cours primaire en Ontario. L’objectif de cette étude est d’examiner les stratégies de mise en application proposées.

Méthodes

L’examen des documents publics disponibles se rapportant à la politique APQ du Ministère se fera à la lumière des dix conditions préalables à une «mise en application parfaite» selon Hogwood et Gunn, afin d’évaluer si ces stratégies ont été prises en considération dans les documents se rapportant à la politique.

Résultats

Plusieurs conditions préalables (ex., l’allocation de ressources) semblent avoir été prises en considération. Cependant, la viabilité des ressources, le degré d’importance accordé à la politique et les plans pour l’évaluation sont des points auxquels une attention plus particulière devra être accordée si l’on veut que la politique APQ soit maintenue en application.

Conclusions

Bien que la prise en considération de plusieurs des conditions préalables puisse favoriser la mise en application du Mémorandum no. 138, nous concluons que l’examen de conditions préalables additionnelles ainsi qu’une évaluation de la politique peuvent être justifiés comme moyens d’améliorer davantage la mise en application de la politique et d’en déterminer les résultats.

Mots clés

école exercice activité physique politique publique 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jennifer E. Robertson-Wilson
    • 1
    Email author
  • Lucie Lévesque
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Kinesiology and Physical EducationWilfrid Laurier UniversityWaterlooCanada
  2. 2.School of Kinesiology and Health StudiesQueen’s UniversityKingstonCanada

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