Planet Health is an interdiscipinary curriculum focused on improving
the health and well-being of sixth through eighth grade students while
building and reinforcing skills in language, arts, math, science, social
studies, and physical education.
Through classroom and physical education (PE) activities, Planet
Health aims to increase activity, improve dietary quality, and
decrease inactivity. Such healthy lifestyle habits can help prevent
overweight, and if sustained, can lower risk factors for diabetes,
cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancers, and osteoporosis.
The materials are designed to fit within existing curricula:
• Part I: Classroom Lessons contains 32 lessons and Power Down,
a campaign to reduce TV viewing.
• Part II: Physical Education Micro-Units and FitChecks contains 30
brief lessons and tools for self-assessment of activity and inactivity.
Teacher trainings, flexible design, and planning tools facilitate the
implementation of Planet Health.
These materials have been measured for readability by National
Cancer Institute (NCI) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Services Administration (SAMHSA). Planet Health is a tested
Principal Investigator: Steven Gortmaker, PhD
Funders: NICHD; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention;
Funding Dates: 1995-1999; 1999-2003; 2003-Present