ORAL PRESENTATIONS| Volume 35, ISSUE 2, P163, 2011

Influencing physical activity and nutrition knowledge, attitudes, and behaviours of Métis children through a Health Promoting School Intervention

      Introduction: Obesity rates are increasing among children living in Canada and disproportionately affecting Métis children. Lifestyle choices related to physical activity (PA) and nutrition are linked to the development of childhood obesity and are influenced by the social determinants of health. The Métis lifestyle historically involved activities like hunting, fishing, berry-gathering and gardening, all of which provided a nutritious and local diet. Implementing PA and nutrition interventions that integrate Métis culture, traditions and values may encourage healthy lifestyle choices in Métis children and further prevent the development of obesity. The goal of this project is to examine the effectiveness of a health-promoting school (HPS) program on PA and nutrition knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviours (KABB) of rural Métis children.
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