Educational or Curriculum

Promoting Health Among Teens (PHAT)

Initiative Description: Promoting Health Among Teens (PHAT) is a brief, culturally tailored health education intervention to decrease cardiovascular disease and cancer risk for African Americans. PHAT utilized cultural pride, goal setting, and instruction in dietary behaviors, physical activity, nutrition cognition, proper sleeping habits, and substance abuse.44-47 PHAT is designed to increase healthy behaviors of adolescents through the following: knowledge building, reexamination of beliefs regarding risk and consequences, development of skills to delineate and execute behaviors that reduce health risk, increasing self-efficacy. PHAT was conducted using group facilitation, role-playing, games, and classroom multimedia messages.

Study Results: PHAT participants had significantly greater knowledge gains and modest behavior changes compared to control group participants

Reference: Kerr, J. C., Valois, R. F., Farber, N. B., Vanable, P. A., DiClemente, R. J., Salazar, L., … & Jemmott, J. B. (2013). Effects of promoting health among teens on dietary, physical activity, and substance use knowledge and behaviors for African American adolescents. American journal of health education, 44(4), 191-202.

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good