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Planet Health—A Health Education Program for School Children

Principal Investigator
Steven Gortmaker
sgortmak@hsph.harvard.edu

Project Identifier
Core Project (1998-2004)

Funding Source
PRC Program

Project Status
Not active
 

Host Institution
Harvard University: Prevention Research Center on Nutrition and Physical Activity

Health Topics
Obesity & overweight | Physical activity | School health

Description
The Harvard PRC’s Planet Health curriculum incorporates health education into language arts, math, science, social studies, and physical education classes for 6th–8th graders. It aims to increase physical activity and improve diet. The curriculum was tested and evaluated in six of Boston’s inner-city middle schools where about 90% of teachers who trained in and used it believed it had a good effect on their students and wanted to continue teaching it. Using grants from the U.S. Department of Education and from Physical Education in Progress, the researchers sustained and expanded the program to include curricula for 4th and 5th grade students.
 
Research Setting
City/Town | School or school district | Urban area
 
 
Race or Ethnicity
No specific focus
 
 
Gender
No specific focus
 
 
Age Group
Children (4-11 years) | Adolescents (12-17 years)
 
 
Related Story of Prevention Research
Reading, Writing, and Reducing Obesity

 
Related Prevention Strategy
Planet Health for Obesity Reduction in School Children—Readily Accepted and Cost-Effective

 
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