Elementary Health Education

National Health Education Standards (2004)

The student will

  1. Comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention.
  2. Analyze the influence of family, peers, culture, media, technology and other factors on health behaviors.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to access valid information, products, and services to enhance health.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to use interpersonal communication skills to enhance health and avoid or reduce health risks.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to use decision-making skills to enhance health.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to use goal-setting skills to enhance health.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to practice health-enhancing behaviors and avoid or reduce health risks.
  8. Demonstrate the ability to advocate for personal, family and community health.

Six Adolescent Risk Behaviors (CDC)

  1. Tobacco use

  2. Dietary patterns leading to disease

  3. Sedentary lifestyles

  4. Sexual behaviors

  5. Alcohol and other drug use

  6. Behaviors resulting in intentional and unintentional injury

Suggested Elementary Health Curriculum

Suggested Units of Instruction* Suggested Content Scope
The Human Body Skeletal, muscular, integumentary (skin), respiratory, circulatory, digestive, nervous, endocrine, reproductive
Nutrition Food pyramid (food groups), nutrients, food labeling, calories, healthy meals, healthy snacks
Mental and Emotional Health Heredity, risk factors & behaviors, resistance skills, self- responsibility & discipline, managing stress, expressing emotions
Family and Social Health Family relationships, conflict resolutions, healthy friendships, recognizing harmful relationships, adjustment to family changes
Personal Cleanliness and Personal Health Regular medical screenings, dental health, adequate rest & sleep, developing & maintaining health-related fitness, personal cleanliness & grooming
Substance Use and Substance Abuse Prescription & over the counter drugs, practicing resistance skills, legal & illegal drugs, recognizing the results of drug use
Communicable and Chronic Diseases Behaviors that reduce risk of disease, predisposed diseases, ways to manage diseases such as asthma, diabetes, and allergies, managing a personal health record, chronic health conditions
Consumer and Community Health Selecting good sources of health information, consumer rights, advertisements, wise decisions about health care providers, health advocacy, health careers
Environmental Health Environmental issues (local & nation), air & water pollution, conservation techniques, natural environment, advocating for safe environment
Injury Prevention and Safety Safety precautions that reduce risk of unintentional injuries, prevention of intentional injuries, bike & motor vehicle safety, bus safety, respecting authority & laws governing safety, avoiding gangs, first aid & CPR procedures.
* Order of units in the curriculum and content in units can be determined by grade level.


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