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  • 4 août 2016

    The Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ) [Québec’s public health institute] was mandated by Québec’s Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS) [ministry of health and social services] to produce a report on the effects of group prenatal classes. In Québec, prenatal classes are meant to provide pregnant women and their partners with information and to prepare them for childbirth and their new role as parents.

    The purpose of this report is to identify the effects of group prenatal classes based on the recent scientific literature in order to better position their contribution to the service offering in Québec.

    Methodology

    Bibliographic research was conducted with a focus on publications dated between 2004 and 2015 in the...

  • 16 juin 2016

    At the request of the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux, the Institut national de santé publique du Québec conducted a study entitled Étude clinique sur l’état de santé buccodentaire des élèves québécois du primaire 2012-2013 (ÉCSBQ) [clinical study on the oral health of Québec elementary school students in 2012-2013]. This study assessed the oral health status of Grade 2 and Grade 6 students in Québec and highlighted trends in their oral health since the late 1990s.

    For the first time in Québec, ÉCSBQ 2012-2013 used a new visual assessment system, making it possible to study not only non-reversible dental caries, which have been the focus of attention to date, but also reversible dental caries. Reversible...

  • 16 juin 2016
    • In Québec, more than half (52%) of secondary school students had not eaten junk food for lunch during the week preceding the study, while a little less than half (48%) had eaten junk food for lunch one or more times.
    • Close to 40% of students in Québec public secondary schools have access to at least two fast-food restaurants within 750 metres.
    • Consumption of junk food two or more times per week is associated with obesity and other negative health measures among young people.
    • The proportions of young people consuming junk food two or more times per week are significantly higher in schools with two (27%) or three (26%) fast-food restaurants within a 750-metre radius than in those with only one (19%) or none (19%).
    • Other factors also influence the...