COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL HEALTH EDUCATION
The comprehensive school health education is one of the eight components in the Coordinated School Health Program model. It consists of a K-12 curriculum that addresses the physical, emotional, mental, and social dimensions of student health. The classroom instructions are designed to motivate and assist students to maintain and improve their health, prevent disease, and reduce health-related risk behaviors. Tailored to each age level, the comprehensive curriculum includes the following topics:
Mental and emotional health
Injury prevention and safety
Prevention and control of disease
Substance use and abuse
CDC’S RECOMMENDATIONS OF “PROGRAMS THAT WORK”
In response to requests from schools for effective prevention programs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed the Programs that Work project to help educators identify curricula that effectively reduce sexual risk behaviors that contribute to HIV and other STD infections and unintended pregnancy and tobacco-use behavior.
The purpose of Programs that Work (PTW) is to identify curricula with credible evidence of effectiveness in reducing health risk behaviors among young people. PTW also provides information and training for interested educators from state and local education agencies, departments of health, and national nongovernmental organizations. The CDC identifies and disseminates information on Programs that employment to assist inform local and state choices. The choice to adopt a curriculum ultimately rests with local decision-makers and must address community standards and wishes.