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Maljak, Kimberly; Ball, James W.; Valley, Julia – Health Educator, 2020
Regardless of age, sex, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status (SES), education level, or geographic region, obesity rates have increased considerably and one key factor is the lack of daily physical activity (PA) for children. Therefore, it is necessary for schools to implement PA options outside of the regular physical education (PE) curriculum,…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Student Attitudes, Females, Physical Activities
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Yu, Hairui; Sheu, Jiunn-Jye – Health Educator, 2020
About three in ten Americans with hypertension do not take medication to control their blood pressure. The risk and protective factors of non-adherence to prescribed anti-hypertensive medication have not been well investigated. Participants who were aware of their hypertension, advised by healthcare professional to take anti-hypertensive…
Descriptors: Risk, Drug Therapy, Adults, Hypertension
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Bice, Matthew R.; Ball, James W.; Hollman, Angela; Meyer, Dick; Ringenberg, Jourdan – Health Educator, 2020
For many schools, the opportunity for more time to teach health continues to be a struggle. School gardening programs come as a result of farm-to-fresh initiatives that aim to link students with food production, increase access to healthy and local foods, and serve as an educational opportunity. The purpose of this study was to examine how one…
Descriptors: Gardening, Health Education, Middle School Teachers, Rural Schools
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Marshall, S. Alexandra; Hudson, Heather K.; Stigar, Lorraine V. – Health Educator, 2020
School-based sexuality education is widely supported by most Americans. However, there is debate over the topics that should be taught. Also, a better understanding of desires adolescents and parents have for equipping youth to make healthy decisions is needed. This study gathered perceptions from parents and students about the sexuality education…
Descriptors: Sex Education, Parent Attitudes, Student Attitudes, High School Students
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Visker, Joseph; Cox, Carol; Banez, J. Christian; Azim, Sabiya; Wang, Anna; Dunsieth, Nicole; Lasser, Ben – Health Educator, 2020
A self-report instrument was used to assess trends over time in student views of Developmental Assets in a rural Missouri county where youth report high rates of substance use. Based on 2012 survey results, a community/school-based prevention coalition provided intensive prevention education curricula integrated into the district's afterschool…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Student Attitudes, Attitude Change, Substance Abuse
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Scarbrough, Amanda W.; Xie, Yue; Ratnapradipa, Dhitinut – Health Educator, 2019
As young adults transition from secondary education to post-secondary education, they enter a time of life when they are able to independently and potentially for the first time make all of their own food decisions. This shift from childhood to young adulthood and the new-found freedom to make food decisions makes students vulnerable to weight…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Health Behavior, Behavior Patterns, Decision Making
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Pember, Sarah E.; Usdan, Stuart L.; Guyotte, Kelly W.; Birch, David A.; Nickelson, Jen; Knowlden, Adam P. – Health Educator, 2019
Graduate students are an ever-growing population in the United States that has historically lacked targeted health behavior research and promotion. This paper presents findings from a larger study based on a qualitative application of the Integrated Model of Behavioral Prediction to interpret the eating behaviors of graduate students. Through a…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Health Behavior, Intention, Eating Habits
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Ohneck, Mallory; McKenzie, Nicole; Teeple, Karen; Copa, Claire; Thompson, Amy; Glassman, Tavis – Health Educator, 2019
Nearly all lifelong smokers start as children or young adults, and the tobacco industry targets these specific age groups. A key public health effort to limit the use of tobacco products by people under the age of 21 years is the promotion of the "Tobacco 21" initiative. This initiative promotes and supports efforts to establish bills…
Descriptors: Advocacy, Barriers, Smoking, Case Studies
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Garney, Whitney R.; Nelon, Jordan; Esquivel, Christi H.; Muraleetharan, Daenuka; Garcia, Kristen M.; Lautner, Shelby C. – Health Educator, 2019
In 2007 the Oregon Legislature passed a policy requiring students receive a minimum weekly amount of physical activity in school: 150 minutes for elementary and 225 minutes for middle school students. However, no implementation guidance for teachers or school districts were included in the policy. This pilot study examines the differences between…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Physical Activity Level, Elementary Schools, Middle Schools
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Bice, Matthew R.; Ball, James; Bickford, Nate; Bickford, Sonja H.; Hollman, Angela; Coughlin, Ava; Dinkel, Danae; Meyer, Richard C.; Ranglack, Dustin H. – Health Educator, 2018
Considering over one-third of the United States' population is now considered obese, childhood obesity has become a highlighted public health concern. Educators and health professionals have spent a significant amount of time examining how to approach the obesity epidemic, specifically childhood obesity, yet there is still no clear solution. An…
Descriptors: Gardening, School Community Programs, Public Health, Food
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Huelskamp, Amelia C. – Health Educator, 2018
Schools often credit instructional gardens with improving fruit and vegetable consumption and physical activity in children. Many schools are able to obtain funding and supplies to establish a garden program, but there are challenges to program sustainability that often result in garden failure. This systematic review compares recommendations for…
Descriptors: Gardening, Sustainability, Barriers, Child Health
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Knippen, Kerri Lynn; Thompson, Amy; Masters, Andrea – Health Educator, 2018
Worksite wellness programs continue to demonstrate a high return on investment by controlling and reducing employer shares of health care expenditures. Health risk assessments (HRA) are commonly used to establish priorities. This crosssectional study utilized an online HRA grounded by constructs from the Health Belief Model and the Theory of…
Descriptors: Wellness, Work Environment, At Risk Persons, Depression (Psychology)
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Shipley, Meagan; Holden, Caitlin; McNeill, Elisa Beth; Fehr, Sara; Wilson, Kelly – Health Educator, 2018
Unhealthy relationships have a devastating impact on adolescents' academic performance, including poor attendance, difficulty concentrating, and feeling unsafe at school. Schools provide an ideal setting to positively influence adolescents' attitudes, knowledge, and relationship skills by integrating healthy relationship lessons into sexuality…
Descriptors: Interpersonal Relationship, Interpersonal Competence, Adolescents, Student Behavior
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Holden, Caitlin; McNeill, Elisa Beth; Shipley, Meagan; McDonald, Skye – Health Educator, 2018
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for school age youth, with 1 in 12 high school students reporting seriously contemplating suicide over the past year (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2014). The majority of students and teachers have not received adequate mental health training (Jacobs, 2006); thus, there is a need to…
Descriptors: Suicide, Adolescents, Mental Health, Training
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Thompson, Amy; Jordan, Timothy R.; Brookins-Fisher, Jodi; Karmaker, Monita; Evans, Natasha – Health Educator, 2018
The increase of chronic disease in the United States has created a strong demand for health education specialists (HESs) who are trained to facilitate behavioral, environmental and policy changes through program implementation and evaluation. However, it is difficult for colleges and universities to prepare future health educators to be competent…
Descriptors: Urban Universities, Chronic Illness, Health Education, Teaching Methods
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