Health Education Program
The goal of the K-12 Comprehensive Health Education Program is to support the development of the whole and healthy child. Major goals of health education include the development of skills, attitudes and functional knowledge that support physical, emotional and social wellness, as well as the prevention of substance abuse, bullying, violence and other risky behaviors. Health literate students are empowered with the knowledge and skills to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles over the course of their lifetimes.
Guiding Principles and Beliefs
Guiding principles form the basis of an effective comprehensive health education program. They drive all decisions related to instruction-- content, pedagogy, curriculum and assessment. They clearly define the attributes of a quality health curriculum at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.
- Health education is a subject that is equally important as other core subjects. It is recognized as critical to students’ education and development. The time, instruction and support devoted to health education should be similar to that of other core subjects.
- Health education has specific content and skills that are crucial for students to know, understand, and be able to do in order to achieve and maintain optimal health and minimize negative health behaviors.
- Health education skills focus heavily on personal behaviors used in real-world interactions both inside and outside the school setting and throughout life.
- Instruction focuses not only on teaching content knowledge but on teaching skills, including: decision-making, problem-solving, accessing reliable health information, goal-setting, interpersonal communication and resistance skills, negotiation and refusal, assertiveness, advocacy and understanding the consequences of health decisions.
- Health education involves parents and families.
- Health education is unique in that it typically occurs in multiple arenas throughout the school setting. Students learn about health concepts in other classes such as science, social studies, and physical education as well as from other school service providers such as nutrition services professionals, counselors, and school nurses. These learning experiences can occur in structured class settings and through observation of and learning from adults.
- Effective health education engages many aspects of the school and the community at large. Health education should be collaborative, integrative and vital within a school system and community.
- Best practice in health education includes having certified and/or highly trained health educators teaching health at all levels.
Overarching Essential Questions
- What is health and wellness?
- What knowledge, skills, and behaviors contribute to a healthy lifestyle and promote optimal wellness?
- In what ways do family, peers, culture, media, technology and other factors influence my health-related behaviors and decisions?
- Why is the ability to access accurate health information a critical skill, and where can I access accurate information, products and services?
- How do I use goal-setting strategies effectively to enhance my health and well-being?
- How do I use decision-making skills effectively to enhance my health and well-being?
- What information and skills do I need to resolve conflict and mediate disputes?
- How does effective interpersonal communication contribute to healthy relationships and overall wellness?
- What knowledge, skills, and behaviors support personal safety?
- How do I identify trusted adults who support my healthy development?
- How do I protect myself and others from violence, accidents and injuries?
- How do I advocate for personal, family and community health?
Overarching Enduring Understandings
- Health literate people recognize that their choices directly influence their ability to stay healthy and are empowered to make health-enhancing choices that lead to positive health outcomes.
- Essential skills include decision-making, interpersonal communication, analyzing influences, accessing valid and reliable information, goal setting, self-management, and advocacy.
- Healthy habits prevent disease and enhance overall wellness.
- Accurate nutrition information and healthy food choices contribute to overall wellness.
- Emotional and social health are central to individuals’ well-being.
- Managing one’s emotions and developing mediation/conflict resolution skills increases social and emotional wellness and decreases bullying and other violent behaviors.
- Awareness of one’s surroundings and protecting one’s personal space promotes personal safety.
- Practicing safe behaviors reduces the likelihood of accidents and injury.
- Use of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs negatively impact overall wellness and may lead to other risky healthy behaviors.
- Accessing and evaluating health information, products, and services improves a person’s ability to make healthy decisions and enhances one’s quality of life.
- Individuals express their sexuality in ways that are healthy and life affirming.
- Understanding physical, mental, and emotional changes that occur during puberty facilitates the transition from childhood to adolescence.
- Individuals embrace diversity as contributing members of a larger community.
CCSD Wellness Program
4700 S. Yosemite Street
Greenwood Village, CO 80111