Hold On to Health was created to help address the increasing health concerns among youth and their families. Overweight and obesity are on the rise, with studies finding one in four preschoolers obese and young adolescents developing preventable health conditions formerly known to be found only in adults. As youth development research has shown, the family is the key influence in the life of a child. Age-appropriate sessions and materials have been created for youth in kindergarten through the ninth grade.
The curriculum development was guided by the National Health Education Standards. Sessions are divided into six categories:
- Safety and Health Habits—fosters positive decision-making about healthy and risky behaviors.
- Healthy Eating—provides information about kitchen safety and other aspects of good nutrition.
- Fitness Fun—increases fitness through sports, games, and other forms of physical activity.
- Media and Messages—encourage critical assessment of the impact of the media on healthy attitudes.
- Mind-Body Connections—teaches about body image and other connections between mind and body.
- Healthy Family, Healthy Community—supports family health, community action, and advocacy.