In the elementary school, health education is taught by the elementary classroom teacher as part of the classroom curriculum. In both the middle school grades and the high school, health education is taught by a certified Health Educator.
A comprehensive health education program provides an introduction to the human body and to factors that prevent illness and promote or damage health.
It is highly recommended a middle school student take a minimum of a quarter (9 weeks) of health education at each middle school grade level. Students are vulnerable to peer pressure at this stage of development and benefit from the core information provided in the health education course.
The middle years of childhood are extremely sensitive times for a number of health issues, especially when it comes to adopting health behavior that can have lifelong consequences. Your student might be exposed to a variety of health themes in school: nutrition, disease prevention, physical growth and development, reproduction, mental health, drug and alcohol abuse prevention, consumer health, and safety (crossing streets, riding bikes, first aid, the Heimlich maneuver). The goal of this education is to increase your child's health knowledge, to create positive attitudes toward his own well-being and to promote healthy behavior. Children are taught and provided opportunities to apply life skills, beyond academic mastery.
DoDEA Health Education Instructional Systems Specialist
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Alexandria, VA 22350-1400