The health unit has established a partnership with Propel Centre for Population Health Impact, a research enterprise based out of the University of Waterloo, and 4 school boards across the region, to survey students.
The Office of Research Ethics at the University of Waterloo closely reviews the questions on surveys before they can be used. School boards and schools are also required to read and approve the questionnaire before agreeing to participate. Students can skip questions they prefer not to answer, or decline to participate at any time. SHAPES
(School Health Action, Planning and Evaluation Survey) is a survey designed collect information about tobacco use, physical activity, nutrition and mental health in children in grades 6, 7 & 8. Schools participated in the SHAPES survey in 2014 and 2017. All participating schools and school boards received reports summarizing their results. COMPASS
(Cohort study, Obesity, Marijuana use, Physical activity, Alcohol use, Smoking, Sedentary behaviour) is a longitudinal study taking place in secondary schools across Ontario, based on the SHAPES framework, which measures similar health status information for youth in grades 9-12 over the course of 9 years.
It is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and is being led by Dr. Scott Leatherdale in collaboration with a team of researchers from the University of Waterloo, the University of Alberta and the University of Toronto.
The full regional reports for SHAPES and Compass are available by clicking on the link on this page.