Rhode Island - Teaching skills for healthy lifestyles: Standards

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regulation; standard

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

200-RICR-20-10-1 Basic Education Program

  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.

200-RICR-20-10-1 Basic Education Program

  1. Each LEA shall ensure that the coherent and coordinated K-12 curriculum for health includes:
    • a. Instruction in all content areas: personal health, mental and emotional health, injury prevention (including violence prevention), nutrition, sexuality and family life, disease prevention and control, and substance use and abuse prevention - including specific topic areas required by state statute;
    • b. An emphasis on developing the key skills (i.e., accessing information and services, analyzing social influences on health, assessing personal risks, goal-setting, decision making, communication, negotiation, and advocacy) that cut across all health content areas and on practicing health-enhancing behaviors;
    • c. Sequential, comprehensive, and developmentally appropriate instruction K-12;
    • d. Medically accurate information; and
    • e. Compliance with statutory requirements for instructional time as well as with other requirements in the Rules and Regulations for School Health Programs.

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.
Source: Thrive: Rhode Island Coordinated School Health Program

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