Wyoming - Content Standards: Health
The Wyoming Content and Performance Standards are based on the premise that health literacy is the key outcome of school health education. Health literacy is an asset to be achieved13 and students must be empowered to apply their knowledge and skills in ways that enable them to exert greater control over their health and health-related decisions.
What is a health literate student? A health literate student is a:
• Critical thinker – someone who can use various types of reasoning to solve health related problems, analyze how factors work together and interact to make a person healthy or unhealthy and how they impact decisions, and use systematic processes for making judgments and decisions about their health.
• Effective communicator – someone who can clearly articulate thoughts and ideas about their health, listen effectively to decipher meaning, use communication about their health for a range of purposes, utilize multiple media and technologies, and communicate effectively and respectfully in diverse environments.
• Self-directed learner – someone who can self-manage, self-monitor, and self-modify decisions and strategies to improve and/or maintain their health.
Within various levels of developmental ability, health literate students can derive and convey meaning of health information and use their knowledge and skills to enhance health and reduce or avoid health risks. Once a proficient level of health literacy has been obtained, students will have acquired a foundation for becoming responsible, productive citizens. To achieve this end, students must develop personal and social skills that are associated with taking action to enhance health and reduce health risks for themselves and for others.
These qualities of health literacy anchor the 2011 Wyoming Content and Performance Standards in Health Education.