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National Survey of youth smoking behaviour is underwayJune 13, 2006, Waterloo, ON - In the fall and winter of 2006-2007, over 320 schools from 10 provinces are being invited to help Health Canada track changes in the attitudes and behaviour of Canadian children and adolescents regarding tobacco use.
Steve Manske is a Senior Scientist at the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact and a Research Associate Professor in Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo. He trained at the University of Toronto (EdD in Adult Education) and University of Waterloo (MSc in Health Behaviour).
Steve's primary focus is promoting youth health, with a goal of supporting communities to pinpoint best opportunities to improve youth health, identify best intervention approaches and access intervention resources. He provides leadership for the development and implementation of the School Health Action, Planning and Evaluation System or SHAPES. SHAPES can collect health behaviour data from students and school policy/program information from school staff. SHAPES uses these data to create a computer-generated "health profile" of the school. Data can also be aggregated regionally, provincially or nationally to identify trends and evaluate initiatives. SHAPES is currently used to assist intervention planning, evaluation, surveillance and research (and integration of these activities) across Canada.
Current highlights of Steve's work include directing the 2010-2011 Youth Smoking Survey (YSS). This fifth national survey of youth smoking will collect data in over 300 schools (grades 6 to 12). He supports complementary work in Prince Edward Island, where SHAPES is used to survey all students, grades 5 to 12 regarding smoking, physical activity, healthy eating and mental health (64 schools). He also led Ontario's School Health Environment Survey of 535 Ontario schools and which reported results and recommendations. Work with the Joint Consortium on School Health has adapted SHAPES school-level modules for the Healthy School Planner, available online.
A variety of research projects underpin SHAPES, including work to validate each module and ensure content is relevant to policy and program indicators needed in Canada. A wide variety of publications document both the work done to establish SHAPES, and results of particular projects. A number of students have used SHAPES data to answer thesis and dissertation questions.