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 or Physical Education Google Form to complete the nomination.
Application for the Utah State Board of Education Health Endorsement Form
Utah State Board of Education Educator Licensing
The Utah School Board of Education approved new Health Education Core Standards on April 4, 2019. The new standards are now available to use for the pilot year 2019-2020 and will be fully implemented in 2020-2021. Local Education Agencies (LEA's) may continue using the 1997 Elementary and 2009 Secondary Standards during the pilot year. Please note, the old standards do contain outdated law and policy information.
Health Terms and Law and Policy for Health Education
This document contains definitions and Utah Code relevant to the Utah Core Standards for Health Education.
Health Education Core
Utah Education Network (UEN)
The Core Guides for Health Education were created by teachers, community partners and Utah State Board of Education staff to support teachers in each grade. These guides have sample activities and reliable resources for each standard. This is not intended to be curriculum, and all curriculum must be approved at the local level.
Notice: In utilizing the Core Guides be aware that all hyperlinks are meant as separate resources and not as approval or alignment to an entire website’s domain.
Protecting Students from the Harmful Effects of Pornography in Schools
Utah Code requires the instruction on the harmful effects of pornography in Health I and Health II. This document is intended to give teachers the information they need to teach this as part of the safety standards of the Health Core.
Health and Wellness
Provides educators with a wide variety of tools and resources that are free to educators in Idaho and Utah.
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)
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.
Teen Dating Violence in Utah
Utah Department of Health
Your Birth Control Choices
Reproductive Health Access Project
Adolescent and School Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Adolescent School Health (DASH)
Promotes the health and well-being of children and adolescents to enable them to become health and productive adults.
CDC Healthy Schools, Healthy Students, Ready to Learn
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Information about nutrition, physical activity, obesity prevention, chronic conditions, the link between health and academics, recess in schools, and more provided by the CDC.
Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators: Health, Physical Education, and Fitness.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Smoking and Tobacco Use
Information on electronic cigarettes including health effects, risks for youths, an youth tobacco prevention.
Human Kinetics Online Product Access Steps
Books, journals, videos, software, distance education courses, job opportunities, and more in sports, fitness, physical education, and the sport and exercise sciences.
Mouth Healthy Resources
American Dental Association (ADA)
A 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.
Nutrition and Integrative Physiology Clinical and Community Outreach
University of Utah College of Health
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.
Professional Resources for the Educator
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.
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.
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.
Utah Education Network (UEN)
Connects all Utah school districts, schools, and higher education institutions to a robust network and quality educational resources. Access lesson plans, Utah's Online Library, and more!
Utah Newborn Safe Heaven Resources
Utah Department of Health
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 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 2019-2020 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, 2019 for these per pupil funds. Funds will be distributed twice a year through the reimbursement process.
As part of the Utah State Board of Education's Strategic Plan: Safe and Healthy Schools Strategy B - "Increase adoption of evidence-based student health and wellness practices" the Utah State Board of Education has created a document for recess best practices. Recess guidelines are beneficial for informing physical activity and recess components of local wellness policies. These policies are required to include specific goals for physical activity especially those that promote student wellness. Recess is a key component for a preventative policy.
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