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Logo - Children's Lifestyle and School-performance Study (CLASS)
The Children’s Lifestyle and School-performance Study (CLASS) is a province-wide research project that looks at the relationships between health, nutrition, physical activity, mental health and school performance of children in Nova Scotia.

CLASS I was completed in 2003 with over 5000 Grade 5 students and their parents/guardians in 282 schools across the province. Since 2003 there have been many changes in Nova Scotia schools through increased investment in health promotion policies and initiatives.

CLASS II will help to understand how these changes have influenced children’s health and school performance by collecting similar information from Grade 5 students in 2011.

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Related publications:

Kirk S, Kuhle S, McIsaac JL, Williams PL, Rossiter M, Ohinmaa A, Veugelers P. (2015) Food security status among Grade 5 students in Nova Scotia, Canada and its association with health outcomes. Public Health Nutrition. available on CJO2014. doi:10.1017/S1368980014001414.

McIsaac, JD Read, K, Williams, PL; Raine, K Veugelers, PJ; Kirk, SFL. (2018) Reproducing or reducing inequity? Considerations for school food programs. Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research. 79. doi:10.3148/cjdpr-2017-029

Fraught, E., Asbridge M, Willows, N, Williams PL, Veuglers, P. (2017) The association between food insecurity and academic achievement in Canadian school-aged children. Public Health Nutrition. Oct;20(15):2778-2785.

McIsaac JL, Li Chu Y, Blanchard C, Rossiter M, Williams PL, Kirk S, Veugelers P, Raine K. (2015) The impact of school policies and practices on students’ diets, physical activity levels and body weights. A province-wide practice-based evaluation. Canadian Journal of Public Health. 106(2):e43–e51

Rossiter MD, Colapinto CK, Khan MK, McIsaac JL, Williams PL, Kirk S, Veugelers PJ. (2015) Breast, formula and combination feeding in relation to childhood obesity in Nova Scotia, Canada. The Maternal and Child Health Journal September. 19(9):2048-2056.