State law addresses personal health and wellness.
Code of State Rules 44E Next Generation Health Education 5-12 Content Standard and Objective for West Virginia Schools (252.5)
HEALTH EDUCATION Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Health Behaviors . acquire basic health concepts and functional . research and apply health knowledge health enhancingbehaviors . reduce harmful and risk taking behaviors . develop foundation for promoting health . accept personal enhancing behaviors responsibility for health . encourage the practice of healthy behaviors Health Information and Services Culture, Media, and Technology . identify and access valid health information and . understand that health health-promoting products and services is impacted by a variety of positive and negative influences within . reject unproven sources society . apply analysis, comparison, and evaluation of . identify and health resources understand the diverse internal and external factors that influence health . develop health literacy practices and behaviors Decision Making Communication . identify, implement, and sustain health . communicate enhancing behaviors effectively to enhance personal, family, and community health . make healthy decisions . use verbal and non-verbal skills to develop and . collaborate with others to improve quality of maintain healthy
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention HE.1 Compare and contrast components of total wellness (e.g., physical, mental, emotional, social, spiritual, occupational, intellectual). HE.2 Differentiate between the positive and potentially negative effects of local and global environmental health problems (e.g. pollution/hazards, food production, energy, disease, public health issues). HE.3 Analyze and interpret ways public health and social policies, along with government regulations, influence health promotion and disease prevention (e.g., local, state, federal, and world health organizations). HE.4 Differentiate between the causes of communicable and non-communicable diseases and identify/apply skills to prevent them (e.g. STDs/STIs, HIV/AIDS, bacteria/viral infections, universal precaution).