Promoting Fitness and Safety in Elementary Students: A Randomized Control Study of the Michigan Model for Health

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JAMESM. O'NEILL, PhD / JEFFREYK. CLARK, HSD, FASHA / JAMESA. JONES, PhD

In elementary grades, comprehensive health education curricula have demonstrated effectiveness in addressing singular health issues. The Michigan Model for Healthtm (MMH) was implemented and evaluated to determine its impact on nutrition, physical fitness, and safety knowledge and skills.

The results of the study demonstrated that students who received the curriculum had better nutrition, physical activity, and safety skills than the control-group students. Intervention students also reported higher consumption of fruits; however, no difference was reported for other types of food consumption.

Citation: O'Neill JM, Clark JK, Jones JA. Promoting fitness and safety in elementary students: a randomized control study of the Michigan Model for Health. J Sch Health. 2016; 86: 516-525

Source: View the full research article provided by the Journal of School Health (JOSH), American School Health Association (ASHA) "Promoting Fitness and Safety in Elementary Students: A Randomized Control Study of the Michigan Model for Health"

About the MMH Curriculum

The Michigan Model for HealthTM is a nationally recognized, research-based comprehensive and sequential Pre-K through 12th grade health education curriculum. The MMH curriculum aims to give school-aged children and youth (ages 4-18) the knowledge and skills needed to practice and maintain healthy behaviors and lifestyles. It provides age-appropriate lessons addressing the most serious health challenges facing school children and youth, including: 

purple-icon-SEH.gifSocial and Emotional Health
green-icon-NPA.gifNutrition and Physical Activity
blue-icon-SAF.gifSafety
teal-icon-TOB-AOD.gifAlcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs
pink-icon-PHW.gifPersonal Health and Wellness
orange-icon-HIV.gifHIV/AIDS & Other STIs


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