-The St. Jude Cancer Education for Children Program was created in 2006 as part of the
outreach mandate of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
The curriculum is designed to teach schoolchildren about cancer and dispel common
misconceptions, inform students about healthy lifestyle choices that can translate to reduced
cancer risk in adulthood, and to inspire an interest in science and scientific careers. In
the 2010-2011 school year, researchers examined the impact of the program in regard to
It has always been clear that St. Jude personnel are limited to visiting a small number of
schools in person each year so in 2011, a teacher's kit to the education program was created.
The kit includes all the lesson plans needed to complete the program without the presence of
St. Jude staff members. As a result, researchers at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
want to test the feasibility of the intervention by schoolteachers, and how this mechanism of
delivery will affect student knowledge, attitudes, and health behaviors associated with
cancer and healthy living.