Evidence-Based Health Promotion Programs for Schools and Communities
Healthy People 2020 includes an objective to increase the proportion of elementary, middle, and senior high schools that provide comprehensive health education in Pre-K through grade 12. In this article, the authors consider the role of education as part of the broader socioecologic model of health. They present results from a comprehensive literature review conducted to identify evidence-based, peer-reviewed programs, strategies, and resources to address the goals set forth in Healthy People 2020. Their findings are organized into sections on sexual health, mental and emotional health, injury prevention, tobacco and substance abuse, and exercise and healthy eating. The authors recommend the use of evidence-based implementation strategies to help achieve the Healthy People 2020 objective of increasing the prevalence of comprehensive school health education programs designed to reduce health risks for children. Modified Author Abstract.