In 2003, the Children's Lifestyle and School-performance Study (CLASS) collected information from over 5000 grade five students and their parents in 282 of the 291 elementary schools in Nova Scotia.

Students were asked about Parents were asked about
  • The foods they eat
  • The type of activities they do
  • Their friendships
  • Their self-esteem
  • Most students were also asked to have their height and weight measured.
  • Where they live
  • Their fifth grade child's activities
  • Their fifth grade child's health
  • Their fifth grade child's friendships and behaviours
  • Their household (sociodemographic information)

The research team met with different stakeholders to share the research findings from CLASS. This knowledge provided support for a variety of policies and programs in Nova Scotia, including the Food and Nutrition Policy for Nova Scotia Schools and the Nova Scotia Health Promoting Schools Program.

In 2009, a dynamic research team received a four-year grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (FRN: 93680) to conduct follow-up research.

The objective of CLASS II is to investigate the impact of Provincial and School Board level healthy eating and active living policies and programs on school practices and diet, activity, body weights and other outcomes of children in Nova Scotia using a four step research design:

  1. Policy inventory
  2. School survey
  3. Parent and student surveys
  4. School case studies