Learning Objective 1: The learner will be able to aware of the effectiveness of the health education program on the school-age students body weights.
Learning Objective 2: The learner will be able to understand the significance of the health education program in promoting healthy lifestyles,positive self-efficacy and healthy body weights.
Methods: A convenience sample of 1,273 school- age students (aged 11-12 years) was recruited and participated in the health education program which included healthy diet, healthy lifestyles, and reinforcement of positive self-efficacy on health-promotion behaviors. A Quasi-Experimental design was performed to examine the effectiveness of the health education program on healthy body weights.
Results: Participants ranged in age from 11 to 12 years, with a mean of 11.67 years. 52% of participants were male. The results demonstrated that body mass index of participants after the health education program was lower than that before the health education program(p<.001) and participants with daily physical activity more than 30 minutes and eating full-grain food significantly had lower body mass index (p<.001). Self-efficacy results demonstrated that participants who received the health education program scored higher on positive self-efficacy when compared to those who did not receive the health education program(p<.01).
Conclusion: The health education program is effective for school-age children in promoting healthy body weights. Positive self-efficacy, school policies and families’ diet habits can also help to control school-age children body weights. School-age children eat breakfasts and dinners with family can increase family member interactions but reduce risks of dietary habits.
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