Comprehensive Health Education

"The greatest wealth is health." ~Virgil

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
  • Nutrition
  • Personal health
  • Prevention and control of disease
  • Substance use and abuse
  • Teen dating violence

Health Education Toolkits

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:

  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.


  • 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)

Professional Development and Training Opportunities

  • 2017 Florida School Health Association Conference "Lead, Educate & Inspire through School Health" is May 17-19 at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Florida.
  • 2017 Health Schools Summer Academy is June 14-15 at the Safe Schools Institute in Boca Raton, Florida. Registration is open at
  • Florida Statewide Tobacco Prevention Course for Educators

Human Trafficking Awareness

Human trafficking is defined under Florida law as the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjugation to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, slavery, or a commercial sex act. Human trafficking is modern slavery.

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.

For more information and resources, please visit:

Health Observance

Helpful Links

Contact Information

Michelle L. Gaines
Health Education Coordinator
Bureau of Standards and Instructional Support
Healthy Schools
325 W. Gaines Street, Suite 444
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400