Bureau of Standards and Instructional Support
Bureau of Standards and Instructional Support
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Comprehensive Health Education
Health Education Coordinator
325 W. Gaines Street, Suite 444
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
"A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses." Hippocrates
March is National Nutrition MonthNutrition 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:
- Comprehensive Health Education
- Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
- Florida Department of Health Nutrition Education
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- United States Department of Agriculture
What's new in Health Education
- Child Human Trafficking Tool Kit Chapter (PDF)
- The Florida Department of Education is conducting the final paper/pencil School Health Profiles (Profiles) survey of secondary principals and lead health education teachers. An electronic survey format will begin in 2016.
- The 2012 Profiles Overview (PDF)
Upcoming Trainings and Webinars
- 2014 FSHA Annual Training and Conference in Orlando April 30 - May 2, 2014
- 2014 Healthy Schools Summer Academy: 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 now open until Friday, April 4, 2014.
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
LegislationAnnouncement: 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 EducationFlorida'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:
- 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.
- Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators
- Human Trafficking 101 Webinar presentation by Tyson Elliott, Department of Juvenile Justice Human Trafficking Director (PowerPoint, 16MB)
- Teen Dating Violence