Diffusion of an integrated health education program in an urban school system: planet health

J Pediatr Psychol. 2004 Sep;29(6):467-74. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsh050.


Objective: Assessed the feasibility, acceptability, and sustainability of Planet Health, an interdisciplinary, integrated health education curriculum implemented in six public middle schools.

Methods: Workshops on Planet Health implementation were attended by 129 teachers (language arts, math, science, and social studies) over three school years (1999-2000, 2000-2001, and 2001-2002). Questionnaires were administered post-implementation and in the fall and spring of each year. Outcomes were dose, acceptability, feasibility, and intent to continue use.

Results: The average number of lessons taught per teacher per year was 1.7 to 3.1, compared to a goal of 2 to 3. Each year, teachers reported high acceptability and perceived feasibility of the intervention, and the majority indicated they intended to continue using the curriculum.

Conclusions: Planet Health was feasible and acceptable in a participatory research model involving a public school-university partnership, and it was also sustainable independent of the research effort.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Multicenter Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Boston
  • Community Participation*
  • Diffusion of Innovation*
  • Health Education / methods
  • Health Education / organization & administration*
  • Health Plan Implementation
  • Humans
  • Obesity / prevention & control*
  • Pilot Projects
  • School Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Urban Population