Health education aims to motivate and assist students' commitment to life-long health through classroom instruction that addresses the multi-dimensions of health.
"For every dollar spent on high-quality, multicomponent health education delivered in the school, society saves more than $13 in direct cost, such as medical treatment, addition counseling, alcohol-related motor vehicle injuries and drug related crime, and indirect cost, such as lost productivity due to premature death and expenditures associated with teen pregnancy," (CDC, unpublished manuscript, 1997).
The curriculum is sequential, K-12, and addresses the physical, mental, emotional and social dimensions of health. The curriculum design helps to motivate students to maintain and improve their health, prevent disease, and reduce health-related risk behaviors. It allows students to develop and demonstrate increasingly sophisticated health-related knowledge, attitudes, skills, and practices. The Healthful Living Essential Standards (www.ncpublicschools.org/curriculum/health) includes a variety of topics such as personal health, family health, community health, consumer health, environmental health, sexuality education, mental and emotional health, injury prevention and safety, nutrition, prevention and control of disease, and substance use and abuse. The Healthful Living program promotes behaviors that contribute to a healthful lifestyle and improved quality of life for all students. The Healthful Living Essential Standards, when fully integrated, supports and reinforces the goals and objectives of its two major components health and physical education. When the concepts of these two areas are integrated, learning is enhanced to its maximum.
North Carolina Comprehensive School Health Training Center
The School Health Training Center offers training for teachers and other school personnel in the skills-based North Carolina Framework for Healthful Living Education. The School Health Training Center activities is funded in part by North Carolina Healthy Schools through a cooperative agreement with the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.
Successfully Teaching Middle School and High School Health
NCAAHE in cooperation with the NC School Health Training Center updated both the Middle School and High School Successfully Teaching Health Manuals in 2012. Manuals include 7-step lesson plans, support materials, and technology for teaching all Clarifying Objectives in the new Essential Standards in Healthful Living Education. Materials are on a USB flash drive with up-to-date, medically accurate content, PowerPoints, Prezis, authentic assessment and a skills approach to prevention of health risks for youth. To order online from NCAAHPERD/NCAAHE, click here: http://www.ncaahperd.org/cgi/page.cgi/shop.html
NC Institute of Medicine's Comprehensive Child Health Plan
Improving school health education is one of the top priorities established in the Comprehensive Child Health Plan.
- Comprehensive Child Health Plan: 2000-2005. Task Force Report to the North Carolina Department and Human Services (pdf, 1.3mb)
- Executive Summary. May 2000 (pdf, 104kb)
Chartered in 1983 by the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Institute of Medicine (NCIOM) is an independent, nonprofit organization that serves as a non-political source of analysis and advice on issues of relevance to the health of North Carolina’s population.