Educational or Curriculum

Project Healthy Schools

Initiative Description: The Project Healthy Schools program attempts to improve cardiovascular risk factors through both educational and environmental change focusing on five primary goals: (1) increasing intake of fruits and vegetables, (2) decreasing intake of high-sugar beverages, (3) performing 150 min of exercise per week, (4) decreasing intake of fast and fatty food, and (5) decreasing time spent with television and computer games while increasing time spent with enriching activities such as music and reading. The educational component of the program consisted of 10 learning modules addressing the five primary goals.

Study Results: Significant improvement in risk factors for early atherosclerosis among sixth-grade students including total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, random glucose levels, and diastolic blood pressure.

Reference: Cotts, T. B., Goldberg, C. S., Palma Davis, L. M., DuRussel-Weston, J. E., Aaronson, S. M., Lin, K., & Eagle, K. A. (2008). A school-based health education program can improve cholesterol values for middle school students. Pediatric Cardiology, 29(5), 940–945.

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good