Healthy Schools

Comprehensive Health Education

"The first wealth is health." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Comprehensive Health Education

Health 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
  • Nutrition
  • Personal health
  • Prevention and control of disease
  • Substance use and abuse
  • Teen dating violence

Healthy Schools in Action…Continuing the Conversation Webinar Series

Guided by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model, the Office of Healthy Schools facilitates a series of statewide virtual meetings to support teaching and learning strategies for health and physical education.

Created to offer additional support given the COVID-19 pandemic, this series is titled "Healthy Schools in Action: Continuing the Conversation." To foster continuous professional connections and learning opportunities for educators, these webinars occurred every Tuesday from April 14th through June 9th, 2020. Beginning July 7th, webinars occur every first Tuesday of the month at 10:00 AM EDT. Featuring a variety of school district partners, school districts, and best practices, recordings from each webinar are linked below. Key presentations included:

Student Voices | Florida Students United

The Office of Healthy Schools coordinates a collaboration with student representatives from approximately 10 student-led, adult-supported organizations in Florida. These groups engage in developing strategies and opportunities related to student support, engagement, and collective impact. Considering the traumatic impact of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic and social injustice on families and communities, students will discuss and implement opportunities and solutions as Florida Students United.

Groups involved with Student Voices include: Boys & Girls Club Florida Alliance, Florida Association of Student Councils, Florida Key Club, Gang Alternatives Program, Health Improvement Project, Healthy Teens Coalition, Mindfull Me, One Love, Sandy Hook Promise, Students Working Against Tobacco, Tampa Teens and the Children’s Trust of Miami.

We appreciate remarks of support offered by FDOE Chancellors, Florida Association of School Administrators (FASA), and the Florida Parent Teacher Association (PTA). Recordings from the Student Voices Educators Forum (May 29, 2020) and Families Forum (June 1, 2020) are linked below. For further information about Student Voices, please contact Dr. Tamara Gibson-Alonso.

Student Voices Educator Forum

Student Voices Families Forum

Health Education Related Rule Information

In July, August, and September of 2019, the State Board of Education adopted three rules related to health education. This section provides DPS (Division of Public Schools) memos from Chancellor Jacob Oliva, a FAQ document for the mental and emotional health education rule, and optional implementation plan templates (updated 10/24/19) that each school district can use to submit to the department and post on their school district website.

Visit the Health Education Rules Implementation Plans webpage to view each school districts implementation plans. Annual Reports are linked at the Florida Required Instruction webpage. View the DPS Memo from May 29, 2020 regarding the FDOE Required Instruction Reporting portal.

Florida Standards for Health Education

The 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:

  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.

Health Education Toolkits

Health Education Topics (Risk Behaviors of Youth)

School Health Profiles Report


Professional Development and Training Opportunities

Human Trafficking Awareness

Human trafficking is defined under Florida law as the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjugation to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, slavery, or a commercial sex act. Human trafficking is modern slavery.

If you suspect a child is a victim, please call the Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE or 911.

For more information and resources, please visit the FDOE Human Trafficking webpage:

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