Participants can expect the following conference streams:
- Low Socio-Economic Status
- Immigrant/New Canadian
- Qualitative and/or quantitative evidence demonstrating success in promoting healthy schools
Call for Presenters is now closed
Agenda at a Glance
Dr. Jonathan McGavock, Robert Wallace Cameron Chair in Evidence-Based Child Health at the Manitoba Institute of Child Health in Winnipeg. His talk will begin by discussing the factors that lead to childhood obesity and finish with the role of schools in addressing these factors. Dr. McGavock will highlight the failures of past school-based initiatives and the impact of emerging peer-based initiatives on improving weight status in children.
Dr. Kim Raine, Co-Director of the Alberta Policy Coalition for Cancer Prevention (APCCP) will be co-presenting with APCCP Policy Analyst, Shandy Reed about the marketing tactics of food and beverage companies and their influence on children within the school community. The Alberta Policy Coalition for Cancer Prevention (APCCP) represents a broad range of practitioners, policy-makers, researchers and community organizations who have come together to coordinate efforts, generate evidence, and advocate for policy change in order to reduce cancer and other chronic diseases in Alberta. Marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages within school communities is an priority area for action by the APCCP.
Dr. Steve Manske is a Scientist for the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact and a Research Associate Professor in Health Studies and Gerontology in the faculty of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo. Dr Manske heads Propel's Youth Health team with a goal of supporting communities with system models that enable them to pinpoint best opportunities to improve youth health, identify best intervention approaches and access intervention resources. He also leads the development and implementation of the School Health Action, Planning and Evaluation System or SHAPES. SHAPES can collect health behaviour data from all students in a school, which can then be used to create a computer-generated “health profile” of the school.