Promoting Health at the Community Level is the first book to provide a systematic examination of community-based health promotion. Edited by Doug Easterling, Kaia Gallagher, and Dora Lodwick, this innovative text uses seven case studies to evaluate community-driven health promotion and present promising strategies for initiating and sustaining community-based efforts. Individual chapters describe real-world, multi-site health initiatives and summarize their evaluation outcomes. Offering unique lessons for community-based coalitions and supportive organizations, Promoting Health at the Community Level will also inspire academics and students to further explore this innovative approach to health promotion and disease prevention.
Chapter 7: The Colorado School Health Education Initiative: Promoting School Health Education Through Capacity Building
The Colorado School Health Education Initiative: Promoting School Health Education Through Capacity Building
The majority of illnesses, deaths, and social problems among young people are caused by a relatively few preventable health behaviors. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, 2000), the leading causes of morbidity and mortality among youth ages 10 to 24 years in the United States are as follows:
- Unintentional injuries
- Tobacco use [Page 152]
- Alcohol or other drug use
- Sexual behaviors that lead to unintentional pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases
- Dietary behaviors
- Physical activity
Results of national surveys of children and adolescents indicate that youth engage in these health risk behaviors at alarming rates, with the onset for ...