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    Kids Jumping on a Hill
    Frannie Kendall, Health and Physical Education Specialist (904)390-2557
    Heather Crowley, Director (904)390-2315 
     
    The Health Education curricula's emphasis on providing students with information that will enable them to make healthy, informed choices regarding their health and well-being. The ultimate goal is to provide students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors that will help them take responsibility for their own health.
     
    Requirements for K-12 Comprehensive Health Education
     
    Florida law requires Comprehensive Health Education in grades K-12.
     
    Grade-level specific, age- and developmentally-appropriate curricula resources have been provided for teachers to address Florida's Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for Health Education, aligned with the National Health Education Standards, and are aimed at providing students with information and skills to help them make healthy and responsible choices. Throughout all lessons, abstinence from sexual activity outside of marriage is the expected standard for school-age students.
     
    Comprehensive Health Education addresses concepts of community health; consumer health; environmental health; family life, including an awareness of the benefits of sexual abstinence as the expected standard and the consequences of teenage pregnancy; mental and emotional health; injury prevention and safety; Internet safety; nutrition; personal health; prevention and control of disease; and substance use and abuse. The health education curriculum for students in grades 7 through 12 shall include a teen dating violence and abuse component that includes, but is not limited to, the definition of dating violence and abuse, the warning signs of dating violence and abusive behavior, the characteristics of healthy relationships, measures to prevent and stop dating violence and abuse, and community resources available to victims of dating violence and abuse. Parents are encouraged to review the instructional materials identified for use in the Health Education curricula. In accordance with Florida Statutes and Duval County School Board Policy, parents may exempt their child from instructional lessons on reproductive health, and disease prevention to include HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted disease. 
     
    Standards

    Florida's Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS) for Health Education are based upon established health behavior theories, models, and evidence-based research, as well as "best practices." The revised NGSSS for Health Education yielded the reformatted eight standards in K-12 progression and adopted the following corresponding National Health Education Skills and corresponding standards:

    1. Core Concepts- Comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention to enhance health.
    2. Internal and External Influence- Analyze the influence of family, peers, culture, media, technology, and other factors on health behaviors.
    3. Accessing Information- Demonstrate the ability to access valid health information, products, and services to enhance health.
    4. Interpersonal Communication- Demonstrate the ability to use interpersonal-communication skills to enhance health and avoid or reduce health risks.
    5. Decision Making- Demonstrate the ability to use decision-making skills to enhance health.
    6. Goal Setting- Demonstrate the ability to use goal-setting skills to enhance health.
    7. Self-Management- Demonstrate the ability to practice advocacy, health-enhancing behaviors, and avoidance or reduction of health risks for oneself.
    8. Advocacy- Demonstrate the ability to advocate for individual, peer, school, family, and community health.

    The standards are structured by Standards and Benchmarks. The Standard is a general statement that identifies what the student is expected to achieve. The Benchmark identifies what the student will know and be able to do at the end of each of the grade.

    Resources
     
    Office of Healthy Schools  http://www.fldoe.org/BII/CSHP/
    Healthy Floridians  http://www.floridahealth.gov/ 
    Centers for Disease Control and Preventionhttp://www.cdc.gov