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Comprehensive Health Education emphasizes lifelong positive health related attitudes and behaviors that promote self-reliance and self-regulation for all students while promoting health literacy.
Health literate students have the knowledge, skills, and ability to maintain and enhance personal health and fitness, create and maintain safe environments, and manage personal and community resources.
Life skills emphasized throughout the program include goal-setting; decision-making; identifying beliefs, attitudes, and motivations; assessing information; and advocacy for personal, family and community health.
The Framework identifies what content areas are covered during the required single marking period health education courses at each middle school grade and the graduation requirement health course in high school. The recommended changes were developed and approved on June 17, 2014. Input and development included collaboration with teachers, staff, parents, students, and community members, and are aligned with national health standards. Each school will continue to provide parents with the opportunity to review the Family Life and Human Sexuality and Disease Prevention and Control units of the Framework, and allow parents to decide whether their children will participate in these units or receive alternative instruction on different health topics.
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