A need was identified by Missouri teachers to educate adolescents and young adults on prenatal health and risk factors. In 1999, a comprehensive, research-based curriculum was developed to address this need.

This curriculum resource, An Ounce of Prevention (revised in 2011, third edition), addresses preconception health and preventative factors related to birth defects, folic acid, the effects of alcohol and tobacco during pregnancy, family health history, newborn screening, STD/STIs and HIV, and healthy relationships.

The target audience is junior high and high school students, and participants in related programs and services through state and county departments of health or human service agencies.

The 2011 revision includes resources for classroom use, a variety of learning activities, assessments, visual aids and e-learning tools.

The curriculum can be ordered from MU Extension publications:
CB15, An Ounce of Prevention
Price: $80
MU Extension Publications
2800 Maguire Blvd.
Columbia, MO 65211
Call toll-free: 1-800-292-0969
Or order online: http://extension.missouri.edu/p/CB15

Development of An Ounce of Prevention was supported by funds from the March of Dimes Foundation, MU Hospitals and Clinics, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, and MU Extension, with collaboration from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.