New Mexico - Teaching skills for healthy lifestyles: Standards

Area: 
Standards
Policy Type: 
Regulation
Summary: 

State law requires teaching knowledge, attitudes, and skills for making health-promoting decisions and healthy behaviors.

New Mexico Administrative Code 6.12.6.7 DEFINITIONS:

D. "Health education" means the instructional program that provides the opportunity to motivate and assist all students to maintain and improve their health, prevent disease, and reduce health-related risk behaviors. It allows students to develop and demonstrate increasingly sophisticated health-related knowledge, attitudes, skills, and practices. It meets the content standards with benchmarks and performance standards as set forth in 6.30.2.19 NMAC.


New Mexico Administrative Code 6.29.6.9 CONTENT STANDARDS WITH BENCHMARKS AND PERFORMANCE STANDARDS FOR HEALTH EDUCATION, Grades 5-8:

A. Content standard 1: Students will comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention. Students will:

  • (1) grades 5-8 benchmark 1: explain the relationship between positive health behaviors and the prevention of injury, illness, disease and premature death;
    • (b) grades 7-8 performance standards:
      • (i) understand risk factors and their association with health consequences in the areas related to sexuality; nutrition; alcohol, tobacco and other drug use; physical activity; personal safety; mental, social and emotional well-being;
      • (ii) understand how healthy alternatives can replace unhealthy behaviors (i.e., abstinence, condom use, other pregnancy prevention methods, selection of healthy food choices, "natural highs," etc.);
      • (iii) analyze how personal daily choices can affect future health status;

New Mexico Administrative Code 6.29.6.10 CONTENT STANDARDS WITH BENCHMARKS AND PERFORMANCE STANDARDS FOR HEALTH EDUCATION, Grades 9-12:

A. Content standard 1: Students will comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention. Students will:

  • (1) grades 9-12 benchmark 1: analyze how behavior can impact health maintenance and disease prevention; grades 9-12 performance standards:
    • (a) differentiate between risks and benefits regarding choices in the areas related to sexuality; nutrition; alcohol, tobacco and other drug use; physical activity; personal safety; mental, social and emotional well-being;
    • (b) identify alternatives to health risk behaviors in the areas related to sexuality; nutrition; alcohol, tobacco and other drug use; physical activity; personal safety; mental, social and emotional well-being (i.e., abstinence, condom use, other pregnancy prevention methods, selection of healthy food choices, "natural highs," etc.);
    • (c) identify ways to avoid health risk behaviors in the areas related to sexuality; nutrition; alcohol, tobacco and other drug use; physical activity; personal safety; mental, social and emotional well-being; discuss and analyze the difference(s) between healthy and unhealthy relationships;
    • (d) explain how attitude(s) and behavior(s) affect health of self and others;
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