McIsaac JL, Sim SM, Penney TL, Kirk SFL, Veugelers PJ (2012)
Purpose: To describe the context and nature of policies
that relate to school health in the province of Nova Scotia.
Key findings: At
the provincial level, formal policies (55%) were more common than other policy
categories. These policies ranged in health topic areas, such as safety (25%), mental
health (20%), physical activity (13%) and healthy eating (12%).
the school district level, the vast majority of policies were formal in nature
(95%) and most frequently focused on the topic of safety (50%), followed by
mental health, physical activity, healthy eating and substance use and misuse
(17, 11, 8, 7% respectively).
there are supportive health promotion policies within school settings, we
observed differences in priorities and enforcement practices between the
province and school districts.