Educational or Curriculum

Health Wise Curriculum

Initiative Description: Health Wise, a high school curriculum aimed at decreasing risk behavior and promoting health behaviors including: reduce substance abuse, pregnancy, and the transmission of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections through healthy use of leisure time. Health Wise is a comprehensive program that addresses multiple, coactional risk and protective factors by means of four intervention approaches: self-awareness; skill development; community integration; and knowledge, analysis, and synthesis. Health Wise consists of 12 lessons taught in 8th grade and six
lessons in 9th grade.

Study Results: Students reported increased intrinsic and identified motivation and decreased introjected motivation and amotivation towards leisure.

Reference: Caldwell, L. L., Patrick, M. E., Smith, E. A., Palen, L.-A., & Wegner, L. (2010). Influencing adolescent leisure motivation: Intervention effects of Health Wise South Africa. Journal of Leisure Research, 42(2), 203–220.

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good