State law requires teaching knowledge, attitudes, and skills for making health-promoting decisions and healthy behaviors.
200-RICR-20-10-1.2.1 A Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum
L. Comprehensive Health 1.A high quality health education program of study leads to health literacy for all students, providing students with the knowledge and skills necessary to maintain healthy lifestyles. Health Literacy for All Students: The Rhode Island Health Education Framework outlines the seven Standard for health education and the concepts and skills expected of all students at grade spans K-4, 5-8, 9-10, and 11-12. These expectations are further outlined in the companion document, Comprehensive Health Instructional Outcomes, by grade span within each health content area.
Health Literacy for All Students
"Comprehension of health promotion strategies and disease prevention concepts enables students to become health-literate, self-directed learners and establishes a foundation for leading healthy and productive lives."
The Rhode Island Health Education Framework
These categories balance knowledge of content, skills and attitudes, and are intended as the themes that will permeate every facet of school curriculum in all discipline areas from kindergarten through high school. For example, no longer are communication skills seen as the concern of the English teacher alone. Their development becomes the concern of the mathematics, science and health teachers as well. Problem solving is taught through art and physical education and to kindergartners as well as high school seniors. The common body of knowledge shared by all literate Americans is transmitted through first grade music as well as advanced placement history. The full range of educational experiences of children and young adults becomes opportunities for teaching various dimensions of responsibility.