Utah - Teaching skills for healthy lifestyles: Standards

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

Utah State Office of Education: Elementary Core Curriculum. Responsible Healthy Lifestyles 3-6.

Responsible Healthy Lifestyles: Level 3

Course Description (Levels K-6)
Health Education offers students an opportunity to acquire knowledge, practice skills, and develop attitudes that can benefit them throughout life. Building a solid foundation of good decision-making skills can contribute to a variety of healthy choices for self and others. Although the knowledge components are addressed through seven different content sections, the development of skills and attitudes has been woven throughout each of the seven areas.

Utah State Office of Education: Secondary Health Core Curriculum

The Utah State Health Education Core Curriculum emphasizes developing positive, life-long, health-related attitudes and behaviors. Although these attitudes and behaviors begin in the home, the school, in partnership with local school boards and community agencies, can provide support and reinforcement for parents and families. The standards and objectives in the Health Education Core Curriculum incorporate the National Health Education Standards providing Utah’s students commonality with students across the nation.

Utah State Office of Education: Secondary Health Core Curriculum

The primary goal of Utah’s Health Education Core Curriculum is to develop the knowledge, skills, and behaviors essential to become “health-literate.” A health-literate person understands the medically accurate principles of health promotion, and disease prevention and is able to apply the knowledge to personal attitudes and behaviors that support healthy living. A health-literate person is able to:

  • Access valid health information and health-promoting products and services.
  • Analyze the influence of culture, media, technology, and environment on health.
  • Develop understanding and respect for self and others.
  • Practice goal-setting, decision-making, and self-management skills to enhance health.
  • Practice health-enhancing and risk-reducing behaviors.
  • Use interpersonal communication skills to improve health and relationships.
  • Advocate for personal, family and community health.
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