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Health Education Curriculum, History of

  • 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

Health education curricula have evolved from a limited focus on personal hygiene and prevention of communicable diseases to voluntary adoption of healthy habits to enhance quality and quantity of life. State and local government authorities establish minimum guidelines for age-appropriate and sequential health content for PreK through secondary grades. Health curriculum content areas include a focus on the health of the individual across the life span, family, peers, and society. Topics include consumer health, sexuality, mental and emotional health, injury prevention and safety, nutrition, disease prevention and management, and substance use and abuse.

Health Education Curriculum Development

Critics of health education prior to the 20th century noted that most educators were poorly prepared and delivered insufficient content despite a large number of available texts. Beginning in the ...

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