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ERIC Number: EJ936053
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4391
How Do Health Policies Affect My Health?: A Performance Task for High School
Wycoff-Horn, Marcie R.; Caravella, Tracy J.
Journal of School Health, v81 n5 p288-293 May 2011
It is well known that chronic diseases are the most common, costly, and preventable of all health issues in the United States. Chronic diseases continue to be a major health concern. Of the top 10 leading causes of mortality, 7 are identified as chronic. More recently, the prevalence of these chronic conditions has increased among the adolescent population. School districts can influence disease prevention and health promotion practices by adopting and enforcing policies that have a positive impact on the health of adolescents. A coordinated approach that addresses disease prevention and health promotion within the school environment, as well as the classroom, would result in the most effective outcomes. An example for the school environment is a wellness policy that promotes healthier options in vending machines and a la carte lines. An example for the classroom setting is health educators who assist adolescents in understanding the seriousness of chronic diseases and teach them skills so they can be empowered to make positive behavior changes. The purpose of this performance task is to help adolescents (1) analyze influences (i.e., school/state/national policies) on their behaviors; and (2) identify ways they can take more responsibility for their own health. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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