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Health Education Curriculum

  • By: Brian F. Geiger, Jason S. Fulmore & Karen A. Werner
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

The school health education curriculum guides classroom instruction in Grades K–12 on topics such as nutrition; prevention of tobacco, alcohol, and drug use; and stress and conflict management. Certified health educators develop age-appropriate and sequential lessons emphasizing personal and social responsibility to enhance youth and family health. There is a growing body of research examining effective content of health instruction, pedagogy, and assessment of student outcomes.

Coordinated School Health Program

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identified six priority areas to improve adolescent health: poor eating habits, physical inactivity, tobacco use, behaviors that result in intentional or unintentional injuries, abuse of alcohol and other drugs, and sexual behaviors that result in unintended consequences. The CDC promotes adoption of a coordinated school health program ...

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