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Comprehensive Health Education

Michelle L. Gaines
Health Education Coordinator
Healthy Schools
325 W. Gaines Street, Suite 444
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400


Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy wealthy and wise. -Benjamin Franklin

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Substance Use/Abuse education is required under Florida State Statute 1003.42 (2)(n) for K-12 Health Education instruction.

There are numerous resources available to assist in your delivery and instruction. Please check out the following websites for tips and resources:

  2. EIN News
  5. National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.
  6. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

What's new in Health Education

Upcoming Trainings and Webinars

  • 2014 FSHA Annual Training and Conference is April 30 - May 2, 2014 in Orlando at the Rosen Centre Hotel- Register today at
  • 2014 Healthy Schools Summer Academyis June 9 - 10 at the University of Florida's Straughn Extension Center in Gainesville, Florida. The academy is a professional development opportunity for teachers of health education and physical education content with special emphasis on other subject area courses with integrated health education benchmarks. Online Academy registration is open.
  • The Statewide Online Tobacco Prevention Course registration deadline is May 2, 2014

Health Education Topics (Six Risk Behaviors of Youth)


Announcement: New One Credit Graduation Requirement in Physical Education to include Integration of Health! Click on the Physical Education page to view related documents.
  • Florida State Statute 1003.41 - Sunshine State Standards
  • Florida State Statute 1003.42 (2)(n) - Required Instruction
  • Florida State Statute 1003.428 General Requirements for High School Graduation; Revised
  • Florida State Statute 1003.46 - Health Education; Instruction in Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome

Florida State Statute 1003.42 (2)(n) - Required Instruction

Comprehensive health education that addresses concepts of community health; consumer health; environmental health; family life, including an awareness of the benefits of sexual abstinence as the expected standard and the consequences of teenage pregnancy; mental and emotional health; injury prevention and safety; Internet safety; nutrition; personal health; prevention and control of disease; and substance use and abuse. The health education curriculum for students in grades 7 through 12 shall include a teen dating violence and abuse component that includes, but is not limited to, the definition of dating violence and abuse, the warning signs of dating violence and abusive behavior, the characteristics of healthy relationships, measures to prevent and stop dating violence and abuse, and community resources available to victims of dating violence and abuse.

Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for Health Education

Florida's Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS) for Health Education are based upon established health behavior theories, models, and evidence-based research, as well as "best practices." The revised NGSSS for Health Education yielded the reformatted eight standards in K-12 progression and adopted the following corresponding National Health Education Skills and corresponding standards:
  1. Core Concepts- Comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention to enhance health.
  2. Internal and External Influence- Analyze the influence of family, peers, culture, media, technology, and other factors on health behaviors.
  3. Accessing Information- Demonstrate the ability to access valid health information, products, and services to enhance health.
  4. Interpersonal Communication- Demonstrate the ability to use interpersonal-communication skills to enhance health and avoid or reduce health risks.
  5. Decision Making- Demonstrate the ability to use decision-making skills to enhance health.
  6. Goal Setting- Demonstrate the ability to use goal-setting skills to enhance health.
  7. Self-Management- Demonstrate the ability to practice advocacy, health-enhancing behaviors, and avoidance or reduction of health risks for oneself.
  8. Advocacy- Demonstrate the ability to advocate for individual, peer, school, family, and community health.

The standards are structured by Standards and Benchmarks. The Standard is a general statement that identifies what the student is expected to achieve. The Benchmark identifies what the student will know and be able to do at the end of each of the grade.

The Statewide Online Tobacco Prevention Course

The 2013 - 2014 course is open until June 6, 2014. The enrollment deadline is May 2, 2014 at 4:00 pm and your last chance for 60 points this school year.

Helpful Links

April Health Observances