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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



850-245-0978

Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity. -John F. Kennedy

What's new in Health Education

2014 Healthy Schools Summer Academy

A special thanks to all 2014 Summer Academy participants and presenters. The presentations and highlights will be on the Safe and Healthy Schools website in July.

Health Education Topics (Six Risk Behaviors of Youth)

Legislation

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.

Helpful Links

July Health Observances