Target Behavior: Healthy Eating, Physical Activity
Intervention Type: Direct Education, PSE Change
Intervention Reach and Adoption
Target Audience: Elementary School
- The 8 Principles of Healthy Living—at least one of which is emphasized in each lesson:
- Make the switch from sugary drinks to water.
- Choose colorful fruits and vegetables instead of junk food.
- Choose whole-grain foods and limit foods with added sugar.
- Choose foods with healthy fat, limit foods high in saturated fat, and avoid foods with trans fat.
- Eat a nutritious breakfast every morning.
- Be physically active every day for at least an hour.
- Limit TV and other recreational screen time to two hours or less per day.
- Get enough sleep to give the brain and body the rest they need.
- The Kid’s Healthy Eating Plate, a visual guide to help encourage children to eat well and keep moving
- 48 lessons that supply students with the knowledge and skills they need for choosing healthy eating and activity behaviors, including:
- 28 Multidisciplinary classroom lessons (14 lessons each for fourth and fifth graders)
- 4 Promotions for the classroom that build on classroom lessons and provide students with the opportunity to put knowledge into practice
- 16 Physical education lessons to compliment a school’s existing physical education curriculum, including the FitCheck tool for self-assessment of activity and inactivity
- Food service guides, recipes, preparation tips, promotional materials, classroom tie-ins and food service staff trainings
- Staff wellness workshops and training materials
- Parent and community involvement guides, parent newsletters, and fact sheets
- School wellness policies and materials
- Gortmaker, Steven L., et al. “Impact of a school-based interdisciplinary intervention on diet and physical activity among urban primary school children: eat well and keep moving.” Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine 153.9 (1999): 975-983.
|Readiness and Capacity – Short Term (ST)||Changes – Medium Term (MT)||Effectiveness and Maintenance – Long Term (LT)||Population Results (R)|
|Individual||ST1, ST3||MT1, MT3|
|Environmental Settings||MT5, MT6|
|Sectors of Influence|
However, many individual lessons and components feature tracking tools (i.e. Lesson 20, Go for H2O, provides a beverage tracking activity) and the Physical Activity Fit Check is a tool for self-assessment of activity and inactivity, which teachers and students can use to evaluate how students are progressing.
Communications Project Manager, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Director of Health Promotion and Communication, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
*Updated August 4, 2023