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Year
2021
Category
Early Bird
Language
English
Author(s)
P. Morin, A. Boulanger
Institution(s)
Faculty of Human Kinetics, University of Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, QC
Area of Support
School Nutrition
Title
School Information System: A bridge between decision makers, stakeholders and schools for healthy school environments
Introduction
A unique and user-friendly self-diagnosis web-based platform that provides information to schools, stakeholders and decision-makers regarding the school food environment has been set up by researchers from the University of Sherbrooke, Laval University and University of Montréal.
Objective
Each school is invited to complete online questionnaires about the school food environment. For each completed questionnaire, the respondent and school’s principal receive an automated personalized report including the strengths and areas for improvement as well as practical suggestions related to the theme being evaluated (main food service’s offer at lunchtime and meal context). Stakeholders are thus able to target the changes to be prioritized in their schools. The data compiled by the School Information System (SIS) also provides a global portrait of Quebec school environments that can serve as a scientific basis for the authorities responsible for developing relevant and effective food policies and projects.
Methods
A structured partnership of university researchers and various actors and stakeholders in the school environment, situated at the local, regional, and provincial levels, allow to develop the SIS in accordance with the concerns, needs and priorities of the Quebec school
network.
Results
It is recommended to develop bridges between dietitians and researchers from other provinces to improve, adapt and deploy the SIS in relation with provincial and territorial orientations. This collaboration would make it possible to establish the portrait of the Canadian school food offer to guide future comprehensive prevention actions.
Conclusions
The SIS is being implemented in the Quebec school environment, facilitating the creation and monitoring of a healthy school food environment, with the support of an interdisciplinary and intersectoral partnership.
Significance
The SIS provides dietitians with the tool they need to support schools, in accordance with their needs and the challenges diagnosed, in the implementation of orientations and policies as well as in the implementation of interventions promoting a healthy food environment. This tool also facilitates the assessment of the implemented interventions by measuring the evolution of these environments.
Funded by
Government of Quebec (Inter-ministerial Action Plan 2017-2021 of the Government Policy on Health Prevention, measure 1.4, action 2) and Quebec Research Funds-Health (FRQS, ref.#31022).

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