Description of the Behavior Intervention Component
The BEHAVIOR (Beh) intervention component used a variety of strategies to educate, inform, encourage, and extend behaviors related to healthy lifestyle choices both in and out of school:
- In-class activities called Fun Learning Activities for Student Health (FLASH) were implemented in a variety of classrooms, including health class, science class, life skills classes, advising periods, and homeroom periods. FLASH helped students acquire core knowledge about healthy nutrition and physical activity behaviors in lessons that involved active student participation individually, in pairs, or in small groups. Behavior change activities used self-monitoring to increase awareness of eating and activity behaviors. There were 5 FLASH modules with 8-10 sessions per module, linked to the intervention theme:
|Module 1: Water and You!
|Module 2: Let’s Be Active!
|Module 3: Let’s Eat Healthy!
|Module 4: Let’s Be Balanced!
|Module 5: Healthy for Life!
- Newsletters to parents and families contained stories about families striving to make healthy behavior changes, healthy recipes, as well as tips and recommendations for families to try at home. The newsletters were designed to help families support student efforts to improve physical activity and healthy eating behaviors.
- Packages of materials given to students prior to school breaks and designed to promote continuous delivery of the key elements of the HEALTHY program: physical activity, healthy eating, and promotion of healthy lifestyle choices. The goal was to provide access to tools and resources that enhanced engagement in the goals of HEALTHY during breaks through the participation of students and their families in physical activity and healthy nutritional choices.
Materials available are:
- FLASH teacher manuals and student workbooks (latter in English and Spanish), as well as supplementary materials such as posters, game cards, wheel spinners, etc.
- Newsletter templates.
- School break challenge overview and materials.