Title

A healthy lifestyle program: promoting child health in schools

Document Type

Article

Peer Reviewed

1

Publication Date

12-1-2002

NLM Title Abbreviation

J Sch Nurs

Journal/Book/Conference Title

The Journal of school nursing

PubMed ID

12463769

Abstract

The problem of overweight children is an increasing public health concern in the United States. Many children today consume diets that are high in fat, lack regular physical activity, and receive minimal amounts of nutrition education at school. School-based education about nutrition and healthy lifestyles provides an opportunity for intervention with all children. A program for 4th- and 5th-grade students was designed to increase the student's knowledge about nutrition and healthy lifestyles. After implementation of the program, there was a significant increase in student knowledge of nutrition and healthy lifestyles as determined by a pretest and posttest evaluation. The results have implications for school nurses because childhood behaviors have such a profound impact on future adult lifestyle choices.

Keywords

Child, Child Welfare, Educational Measurement, Health Education/organization & administration, Health Promotion/organization & administration, Humans, Life Style, Midwestern United States, Nursing Evaluation Research, Nutritional Sciences/education, Obesity/epidemiology/etiology/prevention & control, Program Evaluation, School Nursing/organization & administration

Published Article/Book Citation

The Journal of school nursing, 18:6 (2002) pp.322-328.

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URL

https://ir.uiowa.edu/nursing_pubs/953