Comprehensive Health Education
"The first wealth is health." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Comprehensive Health Education
Health Education provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to be healthy throughout their lifetime. The intent of a comprehensive health education program is to motivate students to maintain and improve their health, prevent disease, and avoid or reduce health related risk behaviors.
Comprehensive health education addresses 12 component areas under Florida State Statute 1003.42 (2)(n) - Required Instruction
- Community health
- Consumer health
- Environmental health
- Family life
- Injury prevention and safety
- Internet safety
- Mental and emotional health
- Personal health
- Prevention and control of disease
- Substance use and abuse
- Teen dating violence
Health Education Toolkits
- Elementary Comprehensive Health Education Toolkit (PDF)
- Secondary Comprehensive Health Education Toolkit (PDF)
Florida Standards for Health Education
The Florida Standards 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:
- Core Concepts- Comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention to enhance health.
- Internal and External Influence- Analyze the influence of family, peers, culture, media, technology, and other factors on health behaviors.
- Accessing Information- Demonstrate the ability to access valid health information, products, and services to enhance health.
- Interpersonal Communication- Demonstrate the ability to use interpersonal-communication skills to enhance health and avoid or reduce health risks.
- Decision Making- Demonstrate the ability to use decision-making skills to enhance health.
- Goal Setting- Demonstrate the ability to use goal-setting skills to enhance health.
- Self-Management- Demonstrate the ability to practice advocacy, health-enhancing behaviors, and avoidance or reduction of health risks for oneself.
- 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.
- Florida State Statute 1003.41 - Sunshine State Standards
- Florida State Statute 1003.42 (2)(n) - Required Instruction
- Florida State Statute 1003.4282 - General Requirements for High School Graduation; Revised
- Florida State Statute 1003.46 - Health Education; Instruction in Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
- Florida State Statute 787.06 - Human trafficking
Health Education Topics (Risk Behaviors of Youth)
- Alcohol and Other Drug Use
- HIV/AIDS Prevention, Pregnancy Prevention, and Human Sexuality Education
- Injury and Accident Prevention
- Physical Activity
- Tobacco Use
Professional Development and Training Opportunities
- Florida Statewide Tobacco Prevention Course for Educators opens August 11, 2016
- 2016 SHAPE Florida Convention 'Shaping Our Future' - November 3-5 at the Embassy Suites Lake Buena Vista South, Kissimmee.
Human Trafficking Awareness
Human trafficking is modern slavery and is criminalized under both federal and Florida law. It involves exploiting a person through force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of forced labor and/or commercial sex. Victims of human trafficking include men, women, boys, girls, and transgender individuals. Child human trafficking applies to persons under the age of 18. If the sex trafficking victim is under the age of 18, it is human trafficking regardless of whether force, fraud and/or coercion exist.
Most of Florida's school-aged children spend five days a week, six to eight hours a day at school. As a result, schools are a potential environment for a variety of prevention and intervention activities for the children. School settings provide educators and school personnel with a unique opportunity to support the health and development of students. Ensuring a safe and supportive environment for students is the responsibility of all school personnel.
If you suspect a child is a victim, please call the Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE or 911.
Human Trafficking Resources
- FDOE Human Trafficking Fact Sheet for Florida Schools
- FDOE Human Trafficking webpage
- Child Human Trafficking (PDF)
- Florida Department of Education Human Trafficking webpage
- Hillsborough County Teen Sex Trafficking Awareness PSA
- CDC Healthy Schools
- Child Abuse Prevention
- Health & Academics
- Living Healthy in Florida
- NetSmartz Workshop
- School Connectedness
Michelle L. Gaines
Health Education Coordinator
Bureau of Standards and Instructional Support
325 W. Gaines Street, Suite 444
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400