The results of the 2012-13 School Health Action Planning and Evaluation System (SHAPES-PEI) Provincial Student Health Profile were released on February 10th by the University of Prince Edward Island, along with the PEI Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and the PEI Department of Health and Wellness.
SHAPES-PEI gathers information from students in grades 5 through 12 about healthy eating, physical activity, mental fitness, and bullying. This is the third release of data since SHAPES-PEI began in 2008 and it is the first time the team included bullying questions in its survey.
Highlights from the 2012-13 SHAPES-PEI survey include:
• 70% of students report high levels of mental fitness (up from 66% in 2008)
• 26% of students reported being bullied (verbal, cyber or physical) in the 30 days prior to the survey
• 70% of students are considered to be in a healthy weight category for their age, however 27% are still considered overweight or obese (unchanged from 2010)
• 36% of students reported eating fruit or vegetables more than six times the day before the survey (down from 42% in 2008)
• 18% of students reported eating high fat/sugary/salty snacks or drinks more than seven times the day before the survey (down from 30% in 2008).
SHAPES-PEI is implemented in collaboration with the national Youth Smoking Survey (YSS), funded by Health Canada, which collects data from Island students on tobacco, drug, and alcohol use. The provincial tobacco, drug, and alcohol use results, collected by the YSS in conjunction with the SHAPES-PEI survey, is expected to be officially released by Health Canada in June 2014.
Full copies of the 2012-13 SHAPES-PEI Provincial Student Health Profile are available by request, or by visiting www.upei.ca/cshr/SHAPES or www.gov.pe.ca/healthyschoolcommunities.
For the full press release from the PEI Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, CLICK HERE.