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The current study examined high school students’ perceptions of healthy eating and exercise lessons in an obesity prevention curriculum being delivered to children in an urban area. Evaluators assessed high school student perceptions of their service learning. Forty-seven high school students participated and coached 65 children. The high school students recorded their perceptions of their experience by answering a series of questions in their journals after each teaching session. The high school students also recorded the children’s daily eating and exercise goals, roadblocks to reaching goals, and ideas for overcoming roadblocks. Results indicated that the majority of high school students (n = 45) wanted to participate in service learning in the future and that they were learning about teaching, setting goals with children, and learning about themselves as leaders. Future research should examine the long-term impact of the service experience for the high school students.

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