Academic journal article Journal of School Health

Preface

Academic journal article Journal of School Health

Preface

Article excerpt

For the first time at the secondary school level, a large-scale controlled study involving almost 5,000 students, 150 teachers, and schools in seven states across the nation has demonstrated that a self-reported reduction in drug use, alcohol consumption, and cigarette smoking can be achieved in schools using a comprehensive school health education curriculum. This significant work, Teenage Health Teaching Modules (THTM) Evaluation, conducted by Macro Systems, Inc., between 1986 and 1989, is reported in the following six articles, delineating the background, design, methods, findings, and implications of the study. The Centers for Disease Control shared responsibility for technical oversight with an external committee of experts in the field.

The heartening result that students in experimental senior high schools reported changes in health behavior not only validates an important method for improving public health, but more importantly, I believe, directs us to continue unceasingly our efforts to reclaim for this generation the right to healthy, productive lives. This study builds upon the earlier findings of the landmark School Health Education Evaluation (SHEE) which provided similar evidence for the elementary school level.

In an era of limited resources, we have a special obligation to invest those resources as prudently as possible, especially in the health and education marketplace where one of the products is the youth of this nation. …

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