Table 1

Description of the school nutrition and physical education environment of schools, British Columbia, Canada
Elementary Schools Middle/High Schools
2007–08 (n = 384) 2011–12 (n = 351) 2007–08 (n = 118) 2011–12 (n = 125)
Mean (SD)/%
Availability of Food and Beverages
Sugar-sweetened Beverages 5.5% 5.7% 62.7% 44.8%
French Fries 0 0.3% 41.5% 25.6%
Chocolate and Candy 0 0 37.3% 10.4%
Regular Salty Snacks 0.3% 1.14% 40.7% 7.2%
Regular Baked Goods 2.9% 4.3% 53.4% 26.4%
Low-fat Salty Snacks 6.3% 8.0% 78.8% 75.2%
Low-fat Baked Goods 10.4% 13.7% 70.3% 74.4%
Pizza, Hotdogs, Hamburgers 13.3% 18.0% 63.6% 68.0%
Fruit 28.9% 39.3% 74.6% 78.4%
100% Fruit Juice 49.0% 34.5% 95.8% 92.8%
Vegetables 9.4% 17.4% 69.5% 66.4%
Physical Education
Grade 6 - -
< 150 min PE/week 65.9% 51.9%
≥150 min PE/week 34.1% 48.1%
Grade 8 - -
PE minutes/week 180.1 (30.4) 199.1 (47.1)
Linear vs. Semester - - 67.0% 79.0%
Grade 10 - -
PE minutes/week 184.0 (23.7) 194.0 (38.2)
Linear vs. Semester - - 50.5% 39.8%
Support for Nutrition Policies
General Social pressure 2.73 (0.70) 2.71 (0.66) 2.74 (0.68) 2.62 (0.66)
Principal Support 3.49 (0.52) 3.34 (0.51) 3.39 (0.54) 3.29 (0.49)
Staff Support 2.77 (0.58) 3.16 (0.44) 2.67 (0.66) 3.06 (0.45)
Student Support 2.57 (0.61) 2.70 (0.63) 2.42 (0.74) 2.44 (0.65)
Parent Support 2.79 (0.63) 2.92 (0.53) 2.77 (0.78) 3.0 (0.59)
Support for Physical Education Policies
General Social Pressure 2.43 (0.69) 2.64 (0.68) 2.18 (0.69) 2.33 (0.58)
Principal Support 2.57 (0.66) 2.70 (0.65) 2.57 (0.66) 2.70 (0.65)
Staff Support 2.89 (0.60) 3.15 (0.48) 2.29 (0.67) 2.73 (0.60)
Student Support 3.34 (0.57) 3.21 (0.48) 2.50 (0.69) 2.66 (0.36)
Parent Support 2.40 (0.63) 3.11 (0.47) 2.14 (0.69) 2.79 (0.52)

Watts et al.

Watts et al. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2014 11:50   doi:10.1186/1479-5868-11-50

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