Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


Liberal Studies


The purpose of this study is to determine how to improve student engagement in health education. The participants for the Capstone Project included 22 first-grade students in a Title 1 public elementary school located in the California Central Coast. The researcher considered three options to implement at the community partner school: Knowledge in Action strategies, a physical education specialist, and health promoting school methods. The researcher implemented Knowledge in Action methods in the classroom for a lesson about the cardiovascular system. It was found that Knowledge in Action was an effective method to engage first-grade students in health education topics. 16 out of the 22 students that participated were considered to have met the lesson objectives. The author will working towards her Master’s degree and will be doing further research on how to improve health education for elementary school students.