California - HE K-12 curriculum—personal health and wellness (ES): Curricula
California Education Code 51890.
(a) For the purposes of this chapter, “comprehensive health education programs” are defined as all educational programs offered in kindergarten and grades 1 to 12, inclusive, in the public school system, including in-class and out-of-class activities designed to ensure that:
- (1) Pupils will receive instruction to aid them in making decisions in matters of personal, family, and community health, to include the following subjects:
- (A) The use of health care services and products.
- (B) Mental and emotional health and development.
- (C) Drug use and misuse, including the misuse of tobacco and alcohol.
- (D) Family health and child development, including the legal and financial aspects and responsibilities of marriage and parenthood.
- (E) Oral health, vision, and hearing.
- (F) Nutrition, which may include related topics such as obesity and diabetes.
- (G) Exercise, rest, and posture.
- (H) Diseases and disorders, including sickle cell anemia and related genetic diseases and disorders.
- (I) Environmental health and safety.
- (J) Community health.
- (2) To the maximum extent possible, the instruction in health is structured to provide comprehensive education in health that includes all the subjects in paragraph (1).
- (3) The community actively participates in the teaching of health including classroom participation by practicing professional health and safety personnel in the community.
- (4) Pupils gain appreciation for the importance and value of lifelong health and the need for each individual to take responsibility for his or her own health.
- (5) School districts may voluntarily provide pupils with instruction on preventative health care, including obesity and diabetes prevention through nutrition education.