Every year PARC conducts research and evaluation on topics related to physical activity.
Literature Reviews & Evidence Energizers
Physical Activity In the Elementary School Setting
The school setting is a common environment where children and youth are physically active as there are a variety of ways that children and youth can get active over the course of the school day. For instance, quality Health & Physical Education (H&PE) provides an inclusive and supportive learning environment for all children and youth to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to live a healthy, active life. PARC aims to produce unbiased evidence energizers that synthesize evidence based on relevant, reliable information on physical activity trends. The purpose of this information is to support physical activity promoters in public health and community health in executing upon their roles. This Evidence Energizer presents PARC’s key messages related to physical activity in the elementary school setting, and provides an evidence-based rationale for each message along with a complete bibliography of sources. These key messages are relevant to anyone promoting physical activity and the implementation of quality H&PE in elementary schools in Ontario.
Physical Literacy Assessment Key Messages
Physical literacy assessment key messages were developed by Ophea and the Ontario Association for the Support of Physical and Health Education (OASPHE), the Ontario subject associations for Health and Physical Education. These messages align with the 2015 Health and Physical Education Curriculum and related Ontario policies. Given that the messages are relevant for educators, public health, and others supporting assessment within the educational context, PARC was pleased to be involved in the content review as well as support production and dissemination to create awareness provincially of this evidence-informed piece.
In 2015/16 PARC conducted a needs assessment with physical activity promoters and other Health Promotion Resource Centres to learn more about how we can better serve you. You can see highlights of what we learned by downloading the Needs Assessment Infographic Poster we developed. Some of the interesting things we learned include, PARC stakeholders reported that activity costs and fees are the number one barrier to accessing physical activity opportunities in their communities, and the PARC Professional Speaker Series is one the most popular services we offer.
Online Research Resources
As part of PARC’s commitment to research and evaluation, PARC has partnered with the McMaster Optimal Aging Portal with the shared goal of promoting the research-supported benefits of physical activity for older adults.
The McMaster Optimal Aging Portal is a website developed by McMaster University to provide public access to evidence-based information about prevalent seniors’ conditions and health concerns. The content is presented in a consumer-friendly format and is based on the latest, systematically reviewed research evidence.
The partnership focuses on ensuring that physical activity promoters and key stakeholders in Ontario have access to evidence-supported information about the benefits of physical exercise to support our aging population.