Comprehensive Health Education

The following are the key elements for a comprehensive approach to coordinated school health programs, policies, and action steps:

  1. A documented, planned, and sequential program of health instruction for students in grades kindergarten through twelve.
  2. A curriculum that addresses and integrates education about a range of categorical health problems and issues at developmentally appropriate ages.
  3. Activities that help young people develop the skills they need to avoid: tobacco use; dietary patterns that contribute to disease; sedentary lifestyle; sexual behaviors that result in HIV infection, other STDs and unintended pregnancy; alcohol and other drug use; and behaviors that result in unintentional and intentional injuries.
  4. Instruction provided for a prescribed amount of time at each grade level.
  5. Management and coordination by an education professional trained to implement the program.
  6. Instruction from teachers who are trained to teach the subject.
  7. Involvement of parents, health professionals, and other concerned community members.
  8. Periodic evaluation, updating, and improvement.

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