Students Learn Healthy Habits with UArizona Project Healthy Schools (PHS)

Project Healthy Schools, an evidence-based childhood obesity prevention program, began its fourth semester in February 2020 at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School. 

Undergraduate and graduate students from the UArizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health lead 10 sessions on developing healthy eating and physical activity habits. Through service-based learning, 24 UArizona students have dissminated PHS to over 200 middle school students. 

According to the PHS self-reported survey, 68% of students reported that they became more aware of healthy behaviors and their importance; 72% reported increased daily fruit and vegetable intake. More than half of students reported choosing less sugary foods and beverages. 

For more information regarding UArizona Project Healthy Schools, contact Sabrina Plattner (

Lesson 6: Students create a nutritious and delicious "Rainbow of Color" salad.