It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver. – Mahatma Gandhi
Health education, integral to the success of students in Utah’s educational setting, provides opportunities for students to acquire knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for life-long, health-enhancing behaviors. Schools can better achieve their basic educational mission if students are healthy and fit physically, mentally, socially, and emotionally. Habits that young people establish will affect their future health status in a positive or negative manner. Schools share the responsibility with parents and communities to help prevent unnecessary injury, disease, and chronic health conditions that lead to a low quality of life, disability, or early death.
The Utah Health Education Core Curriculum emphasizes developing positive, life-long, health-related attitudes and behaviors. Although these attitudes and behaviors begin in the home, the school, in partnership with local school boards and community agencies, can provide support and reinforcement for parents and families. The primary goal of health education in the state of Utah is to develop the knowledge, skills, and behaviors essential to become health-literate. A health-literate person understands the medically accurate principles of health promotion, and disease prevention and is able to apply the knowledge to personal attitudes and behaviors that support healthy living.
Please nominate a teacher, or yourself, who is using innovative and exciting methods to engage students in health and physical education. Each month a teacher will be chosen as the Spotlight and be featured in the monthly Health and Physical Education Newsletter. Fill in the Teacher Spotlight for Health and Physical Education to complete the nomination.
Utah State Board of Education (USBE) Educator Licensing
The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) is aware the current Health Core Standards contain outdated law and policy information. We are currently in the process of updating these standards!
Health Education Core Essential Questions
If you need this information in an accessible format, please contact the department directly.
Health Education Core
Utah Education Network (UEN)
Team Nutrition: MyPlate
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
In addition, there are supporting posters, handouts, games and songs. The website has the address from which materials can be ordered. Schools must be Team Nutrition schools to order, but sign-up is easy. You just need to click "Join the Team" at the top link on the left side of this page.
American Dental Association (ADA): Smile Smarts Dental Health Curriculum
Smile Smarts! is dental health curriculum for preschool through grade eight students offering flexible, modular lesson plans, support materials, hands-on classroom demonstrations, student activity sheets, and suggestions for future dental health activities.
American Heart Association
A healthy school environment can result in greater academic achievement, healthier students and school staff. Good habits are the key to good health. Healthy students perform better academically, have better attendance and behave better in class. Lessons available for elementary and middle school.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators: Health, Physical Education, and Fitness.
Harvard University: The Talk: How Adults Can Promote Young People’s Healthy Relationships and Prevent Misogyny and Sexual Harassment
This is the talk we need to have with young people. Many adults—especially parents—often fret about youth and the "hook-up culture." But research suggests that far fewer young people are "hooking up" than we are commonly led to believe. Making Caring Common's new report, The Talk: How Adults Can Promote Young People’s Healthy Relationships and Prevent Misogyny and Sexual Harassment, explores these issues and offers insights into how adults can begin to have meaningful and constructive conversations about them with the young people in their lives.
Healthy Lifestyles Strategies with Technology
A virtual tour created by the Utah Education Network (UEN) to introduce you to different technology strategies and methods that will enhance your curriculum, whether you are using computers in a lab situation or a classroom.
Books, journals, videos, software, distance education courses, job opportunities, and more in sports, fitness, physical education, and the sport and exercise sciences.
Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) America
Formerly Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD)
A nonprofit, educational organization whose mission is to promote and support creative and healthy lifestyles through high quality programs in health, physical education, recreation, dance and sport, and to provide members with professional development opportunities that increase knowledge, improve skills, and encourage sound professional practices.
University of Utah College of Health Nutrition and Integrative Physiology: Clinical and Community Outreach
The Utah Center for Community Nutrition has created curriculum designed to motivate groups to take action to reduce their sugar consumption, increase their physical activity, and eat more fresh healthy food. Correlating with this curriculum is the film “Sugar Babies: The Bittersweet Truth About Diabetes.” DVD’s are available at no cost to health teacher.
Utah Newborn Safe Heaven
The state of Utah enacted the Newborn Safe Haven Law in 2001. The Newborn Safe Haven Law allows desperate parents to anonymously relinquish an infant in a safe, legal and confidential manner at any hospital in the state of Utah.
Each day over a 1000 people in the United States suffer a heart attack. Sadly, only 12% of those individuals are likely to survive. Immediate High School Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) use can triple the rate of survival but not enough people know how to perform effective CPR or use an AED.
With support from the Utah State Legislature, American Heart Association, and the Utah Department of Health, the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) will provide a reimbursement of $6.00 per pupil specifically for the high-quality CPR and the use of an AED. These funds are available 2017-2018 school year. This is specifically for hands-on training in proper use of CPR/AED, not certification.
These funds support high school Health classes. Districts must apply by October 1, 2018 for these per pupil funds. Funds will be distributed twice a year through the reimbursement process.
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