Educational or Curriculum – Environmental Change

Project Healthy Schools program

Initiative Description: Project Healthy Schools (PHS) is a collaboration between the University of Michigan and local community organizations, including public schools. PHS promotes 5 main goals:
eating more fruits and vegetables, choosing less sugary foods and beverages, eating less fast and fatty foods, being active every day, and spending less time in front of a screen. The educational component consists of 10 in-class, hands-on lessons that are taught to sixth-grade students by a PHS health educator & an environmental change component incorporates significant modifications in the school cafeteria.

Study Results: Total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and triglycerides improved, and for most years systolic and diastolic blood pressure improved.

Reference: Corriveau, N., Eagle, T., Jiang, Q., Rogers, R., Gurm, R., Aaronson, S., & … Jackson, E. A. (2015). The sustained benefit over four-year follow-up of Michigan’s project healthy schools. American Journal Of Public Health, 105(12), 19-25.

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good