Educational or Curriculum

The PATH curriculum

Initiative Description: School-based intervention program on cardiovascular disease risk factors in urban girls. The PATH curriculum was taught as a personal wellness course that integrated vigorous exercise, health and nutrition education, and behavior modification. PATH student manuals15 were developed to provide students with information about the anatomy and physiology of the heart, cardiovascular risk factors, the heart disease process, proper exercise and nutrition, stress management, cigarette smoking avoidance and cessation techniques, and strategies for modifying high-risk health behaviors. The PATH program consisted of 30-minute classes conducted 5 days per week for 12 weeks.

Study Results: Significant differences in body fat, systolic and diastolic blood pressure & heart health knowledge.

Reference: Bayne-Smith, M., Fardy, P. S., Azzollini, A., Magel, J., Schmitz, K. H., & Agin, D. (2004). Improvements in heart health behaviors and reduction in coronary artery disease risk factors in urban teenaged girls through a school-based intervention: The PATH Program. American Journal of Public Health, 94(9), 1538–1543.

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good