The Science of Healthful Living Project

Overview

The Science of Healthful Living is a 5 year (2011-2016), $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to design, implement, assess, and disseminate a science-based approach to middle school physical education consistent with National and State Essential Standards. Dr. Catherine Ennis is the principal investigator. See Abstract.

Objective

To design and field test a science-enriched middle school Science of Healthful Living curriculum to increase students’ knowledge and interest in health-related science, enhance their intention to pursue a life science-related career, and improve their family members’ understandings of NIH funded clinical and basic research results.

 Goals

  • To evaluate the extent to which a science-enriched Healthful Living curriculum can increase students’ knowledge of health-related science and the science inquiry process.
  • To evaluate the extent to which students’ personal experiences with the science-based Healthful Living curriculum can increase their interest in and understanding of effective science practices and their vision of themselves as future scientists.
  •  To evaluate the extent to which students’ participation with their families in Science of Healthful Living-related events can increase their family’s trust in and use of NIH-sponsored results to enhance their health choices.