It is well-accepted that being physically active contributes to the health and well-being of children. One approach used to promote health behaviour changes in children is through community-based interventions. Community- based interventions most often refer to using the community setting (e.g., schools, local parks, neighbourhoods) as a target for intervention initiatives to promote population level changes, or changes in a subset of the population (e.g., children). Community- based approaches have been used to promote physical activity in children with varying effectiveness. As such, effective community- based interventions may be a useful strategy to promote active play.
This Evidence Brief asks: What types of community-based interventions are being implemented to promote active play in children and youth aged 0 to 12, and are they effective?
Published By: Public Health Ontario
Publication Date: October 2015