Bureau of Standards and Instructional Support
Bureau of Standards and Instructional Support
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Health Education Coordinator
325 W. Gaines Street, Suite 444
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
"Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have." - Winston Churchill
Comprehensive Health EducationHealth Education provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to be healthy throughout their lifetime. The intent of a comprehensive health education program is to motivate students to maintain and improve their health, prevent disease, and avoid or reduce health related risk behaviors.
Comprehensive health education addresses 12 component areas under Florida State Statute 1003.42 (2)(n) - Required Instruction
- Community health
- Consumer health
- Environmental health
- Family life
- Injury prevention and safety
- Internet safety
- Mental and emotional health
- Personal health
- Prevention and control of disease
- Substance use and abuse
- Teen dating violence
Health Education Topics (Six Risk Behaviors of Youth)
- HIV/AIDS Prevention, Pregnancy Prevention, and Human Sexuality Education
- Tobacco Use
- Physical Activity
- Alcohol and Other Drug Use
- Injury and Accident Prevention
Spotlight on Health Education
- 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Results (PDF)
- Child Human Trafficking Tool Kit Chapter (PDF)
- Healthiest Weight Florida
- The Department of Education memorandum regarding House Bill 7141 on Human Trafficking (PDF)
- Living Healthy in Florida
- The 2012 Profiles Overview (PDF)
- Walk to School Day is October 8th
Professional Development and Training Opportunities
- The Statewide Online Tobacco Prevention Teacher Training- open through June 5, 2015
- Third Annual Florida Chronic Disease Prevention Coalition Summit- October 1-2, 2014 in Kissimmee, Florida
- 2014 Florida Human Trafficking Summit- October 9-10 at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL
- 2014 SHAPE Florida Convention- Saturday, October 18, 2014 at the Tradewinds Island Resort on St. Petersburg Beach, FL
- 2015 Florida School Health Association Annual Conference- May 13th-15th at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, FL
- 2015 Healthy Schools Summer Academy dates June 23-24, 2015 at the University of Florida Straughn Extension Center in Gainesville, FL
LegislationOne 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
Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for Health EducationThe Florida Standards 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:
- Core Concepts- Comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention to enhance health.
- Internal and External Influence- Analyze the influence of family, peers, culture, media, technology, and other factors on health behaviors.
- Accessing Information- Demonstrate the ability to access valid health information, products, and services to enhance health.
- Interpersonal Communication- Demonstrate the ability to use interpersonal-communication skills to enhance health and avoid or reduce health risks.
- Decision Making- Demonstrate the ability to use decision-making skills to enhance health.
- Goal Setting- Demonstrate the ability to use goal-setting skills to enhance health.
- Self-Management- Demonstrate the ability to practice advocacy, health-enhancing behaviors, and avoidance or reduction of health risks for oneself.
- 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.
September Health Observances
- School Backpack Awareness Day- September 17
- National Women's Health and Fitness Day- September 24
- Family Health and Fitness Day (PDF)- September 27
- Suicide Prevention Week- September 7-13
- Child Passenger Safety Week- September 14 - 20
- Cholesterol Education Month
- Fruits & Veggies - More Matters Month
- National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
- Pain Awareness Month
- Sports Eye Safety Month