Date of Award

2014

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.H.K.

Department

Kinesiology

First Advisor

Woodruff, Sarah

Keywords

EQAO scores, fruit and vegetable intake, physical activity, sedentary behaviour

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine associations among fruit and vegetable intake, physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) scores in grade six students in Northern Ontario. Students from 26 schools in Porcupine and Algoma Public Health Units completed an online survey in May, 2014. Results suggested that EQAO scores (retrieved from the EQAO website; EQAO, 2014) were not associated with fruit and vegetable intake, physical activity, sedentary behaviour, gender, and/or school location [F(5,20) = 1.091, R² = 0.214, adj R² = 0.018]. EQAO scores were also not associated with knowledge of fruits and vegetables, knowledge of Canada's Food Guide, knowledge of Canada's Physical Activity Guidelines, gender, and/or school location [F(5,20)= .759, R² =0.160, adj R²= -0.051]. Although null results were observed, future research should investigate longitudinal and intervention based research to determine the nature of which EQAO scores are associated with health behaviours.

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