K-3: Primary Division

Power to Play! works!

Power to Play! is a cross-curricular healthy eating and active living program for Ontario students in Kindergarten to Grade 3.

In 2009/2010, a comprehensive evaluation assessed the program's impact on student knowledge retention and skill development around healthy eating and physical activity, and verified the level of teacher satisfaction and student engagement.

The evaluation included:

  • An on-line survey with teachers who had received the Play to Play! program
  • Pre and post knowledge tests with eight Treatment classes that participated in the Power to Play! program and eight Control classes that did not.  Treatment and control groups were paired by grade level within a school; classes represented four different school boards from both rural and urban schools.
  • One-on-one post program interviews with 8 teachers and 21 students 

What we learned about the program:

Compared to the Control group (260 students), the Treatment group (287 students):

  • Scored significantly better overall on the post knowledge test than on the pre-test
  • Scored significantly better than the Control group on the post knowledge test
  • Was significantly better able to correctly classify a variety of foods into the four food groups
  • Was significantly better at planning a meal with foods from all four food groups

What teachers thought about the program:

(465 teachers surveyed)

  • 100% would recommend Power to Play! to another teacher
  • 92% rated their satisfaction with the Power to Play! program 4/5 or 5/5*
  • 92% rated students' knowledge retention after the program 4/5 or 5/5*
  • 91% rated students' level of engagement with the program 4/5 or 5/5*

* The scale ranged from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest.

  • 63% noticed improvements or changes in students' behavior as a result of the program, including:
    • Changes in eating behaviours
    • Changes in knowledge and attitudes to healthy eating
    • Increased physical activity

Power to Play! Evaluation (2010), Proprietary Research for Dairy Farmers of Canada.

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