State law addresses personal health and wellness.
General Statutes of Connecticut Sec. 10-16b. Prescribed courses of study
(a) In the public schools the program of instruction offered shall include at least the following subject matter, as taught by legally qualified teachers, the arts; career education; consumer education; health and safety, including, but not limited to, human growth and development, nutrition, first aid, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation training in accordance with the provisions of section 10-16qq, disease prevention and cancer awareness, including, but not limited to, age and developmentally appropriate instruction in performing self-examinations for the purposes of screening for breast cancer and testicular cancer, community and consumer health, physical, mental and emotional health, including youth suicide prevention, substance abuse prevention, including instruction relating to opioid use and related disorders, safety, which shall include the safe use of social media, as defined in section 9-601, and may include the dangers of gang membership, and accident prevention; language arts, including reading, writing, grammar, speaking and spelling; mathematics; physical education; science, which may include the climate change curriculum described in subsection (d) of this section; social studies, including, but not limited to, citizenship, economics, geography, government, history and Holocaust and genocide education and awareness in accordance with the provisions of section 10-18f; African-American and black studies in accordance with the provisions of section 10-16ss; Puerto Rican and Latino studies in accordance with the provisions of section 10-16ss; computer programming instruction; and in addition, on at least the secondary level, one or more world languages; vocational education; and the black and Latino studies course in accordance with the provisions of sections 10-16tt and 10-16uu. For purposes of this subsection, world languages shall include American Sign Language, provided such subject matter is taught by a qualified instructor under the supervision of a teacher who holds a certificate issued by the State Board of Education. For purposes of this subsection, the “arts” means any form of visual or performing arts, which may include, but not be limited to, dance, music, art and theatre.
Healthy and Balanced Living Curriculum Framework (2006)
Comprehensive School Health Education Content Standard 1: Core Concepts Curricular Outcome: Students will comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention to enhance health. Concepts include but are not limited to: human growth and development, community and environmental health, human sexuality, injury and disease prevention, HIV/AIDS, sexually-transmitted diseases, mental and emotional health, nutrition and physical activity, and alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. By Grade 8, students will: M.1.2. Describe the interrelationship of mental, emotional, social and physical health during pre-adolescence/ adolescence M.1.3. Explain how health is influenced by the growth and interaction of body systems M.1.4. Examine how families and peers can influence the health of adolescents M.1.5. Analyze ways in which the environment and personal health are interrelated M.1.6. Use appropriate strategies to prevent/reduce risks and promote well-being M.1.7. Explain how appropriate health care can prevent premature death and disability M.1.8. Describe how pathogens, family history, individual decisions and other risk factors are related to the cause or prevention of disease and other health problems M.1.9. Identify and discuss causes, modes of transmission, symptoms and prevention methods of communicable and noncommunicable diseases (e.g. HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, diabetes, cancer, heart disease) Content Standard 3: Self-management of Healthy Behaviors Curricular Outcome: Students will demonstrate the ability to practice health-enhancing behaviors to avoid and reduce health risks. By Grade 8, students will: M.3.2. Examine personal health status to determine needs M.3.3. Distinguish between safe, risky or harmful behaviors involving themselves and/or others M.3.4. Apply strategies to improve or maintain personal and family health by examining influences, rules and legal responsibilities that affect decisions