State law requires teaching knowledge, attitudes, and skills for making health-promoting decisions and healthy behaviors.
Code of Maine Rules 05-071-132 Parameters for Essential Instruction
The Health Education and Physical Education Standard and performance indicators represent the essential knowledge and skills students need to be healthy individuals. Every day, students make decisions affecting their health and well-being: what foods to eat; what company to keep; what risks to take; and what to do for physical activity. These decisions often lead to habits that stay with them throughout life. The Health Education and Physical Education Standard will guide instruction that will help students make better decisions about their health. Through achievement of the Health Education and Physical Education Standard, students learn that their decisions can affect their health and set a pattern for their lives. Students also learn to protect their health by acquiring good information, by seeking good advice and friendships, and by taking responsibility for their own wellness which contributes to a healthy, active, balanced approach to life.