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Oral Defence - Tara McGoey (Doctor of Philosophy)

25 Jul 2016
9:00 AM

Tara McGoey
Doctor of Philosophy
The Ontario Daily Physical Activity​ (Dpa) Policy: A Description of Factors Influencing its Implementation and a Review of Physical Activity Interventions in Children
Monday 25th July, 2016 at 9:00 am
Nipissing University, North Bay Campus, F214


The Ontario Ministry of Education (OMOE) implemented the Daily Physical Activity (DPA) policy (OMOE, 2005), which mandates that children receive 20 minutes of sustained moderate to vigorous physical activity (PA) during instructional time daily. The purpose of this thesis was to describe how and to what extent the DPA policy is being implemented, and to generate strategic recommendations to optimize its delivery across Ontario. Two separate studies surveyed teachers (n = 66; Study 1) and parents (n = 172; Study 2) to characterize DPA implementation strategies and fidelity, and to identify associated facilitators, predictors and barriers. Results indicate that the directives of the DPA policy are not being satisfied by teachers and are not being communicated to parents. A third study reviewed the internal and external validity of published PA interventions in children to identify effective strategies for PA behaviour change. Together, findings from the three studies identified modifiable predictors of DPA delivery and family-based support, and informed future research and recommendations.


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