Health Education

The purpose of health education is to help students acquire an understanding of health concepts and the skills needed to apply them in making healthy decisions to improve, sustain, and promote personal, family, and community health. As a result of health education instruction, the student will be able to do the following:

1.     Act with skill and reason to demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and behaviors that reduce health risks and enhance the health of self and others. (Knowledge and Skills)
The intent of this goal is for students to become health-literate, self-directed learners who skillfully apply health-promotion and disease-prevention strategies to establish a foundation for leading healthy and productive lives. This includes the development of the capacity to acquire, interpret, and
understand health concepts, and the development of a range of health skills. Through blending an understanding of health concepts with use of various health skills, students will recognize the relationship between personal behavior and personal health. By the end of their school health education experiences, students will have an understanding of health concepts related to health promotion and risk/disease prevention, and they will have the ability to use health knowledge and skills effectively to lead healthy lives.

2.     Demonstrate the ability to access, evaluate, and use health information, products, and services that influence health and wellness in a positive manner. (Information Access and Use)
The intent of this goal is for students to demonstrate their ability to identify valid and accurate health information, products, and services. The ability to access valid health information and health promoting products and services is important in the prevention, early detection, and treatment of most
health problems. Students will experience many opportunities across their school years to use information-analysis skills as they compare, contrast, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate materials, products, and services related to a variety of health issues. As they become informed consumers,
students will analyze the influence of culture, media, technology, and other factors on health. Upon the completion of the health education program, students will have the ability to influence their health and wellness in a positive manner by applying the skills of information access and evaluation and by accepting responsibility for personal health decisions and practices.

3.     Demonstrate the use of appropriate health practices and behaviors to promote a safe and healthy community when alone, with family, at school, and in other group settings. (Community Health and Wellness)
The intent of this goal is for students to become responsible, health-literate citizens who demonstrate an understanding of how to create and maintain an environment that serves to protect and promote the health and wellness of individuals, families, and communities. Upon completing their health
education program, students will demonstrate a variety of healthy practices and behaviors and advocate for ways in which peers, families, and other community groups can work together to promote safe and healthy communities.
-from Virginia Standards of Learning
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Byron Bishop,
Dec 19, 2016, 8:24 AM