Comprehensive Health Education
"The first wealth is health." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Comprehensive Health Education
Health Education provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to be healthy throughout their lifetime. The intent of a comprehensive health education program is to motivate students to maintain and improve their health, prevent disease, and avoid or reduce health related risk behaviors.
Comprehensive health education addresses 12 component areas under Florida State Statute 1003.42 (2)(n) - Required Instruction
- Community health
- Consumer health
- Environmental health
- Family life
- Injury prevention and safety
- Internet safety
- Mental and emotional health
- Personal health
- Prevention and control of disease
- Substance use and abuse
- Teen dating violence
Healthy Schools in Action…Continuing the Conversation Webinar Series
Guided by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model, the Office of Healthy Schools facilitated a series of statewide virtual meetings to support teaching and learning strategies for health and physical education.
Created to offer additional support given the COVID-19 pandemic, this series is titled "Healthy Schools in Action... Continuing the Conversation." To foster continuous professional connections and learning opportunities for educators, these webinars occurred every Tuesday from April 14th through June 9th, 2020. Featuring a variety of school district partners, school districts, and best practices, recordings from each webinar are linked below:
Student Voices | Florida Students United
The Office of Healthy Schools coordinates the collaboration of student representatives from approximately 10 student-led, adult-supported organizations in Florida. Student-led, adult-supported groups engage in developing strategies and opportunities related to student support, engagement, and collective impact. Considering the traumatic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and social injustice on families and communities, students will discuss and implement opportunities and solutions as Florida Students United. We appreciate remarks of support offered by FDOE Chancellors, Florida Association of School Administrators (FASA), and the Florida Parent Teacher Association (PTA). The recordings from the Student Voices Educators Forum (May 29, 2020) and Families Forum (June 1, 2020) are linked below. For further information about Student Voices, please contact Dr. Tamara Gibson-Alonso.
Health Education Related Rule Information
In July, August, and September of 2019, the State Board of Education adopted three rules related to health education. This section provides DPS (Division of Public Schools) memos from Chancellor Jacob Oliva, a FAQ document for the mental and emotional health education rule, and optional implementation plan templates (updated 10/24/19) that each school district can use to submit to the department and post on their school district website.
Visit the Health Education Rules Implementation Plans webpage to view each school districts implementation plans.
- Mental and Emotional Health Education, DPS Memo, July 19, 2019 (PDF)
- Mental and Emotional Health Education, Updated FAQs, September 17, 2019 (PDF)
- Mental and Emotional Health Education Implementation Plan Template (Word)
- Substance Use and Abuse Health Education, DPS Memo, August 23, 2019 (PDF)
- Substance Use and Abuse Health Education Implementation Plan Template (Word)
- Child Trafficking Prevention Education, DPS Memo, September 20, 2019 (PDF)
- Child Trafficking Prevention Education Implementation Plan Template (Word)
- Required Instruction Reporting, DPS Memo, September 20, 2019 (PDF)
- Implementation Plans for Health Education State Board of Education Rules, Memo (PDF)
Florida Standards for Health Education
The Florida Standards for Health Education are based upon established health behavior theories, models, and evidence-based research, as well as "best practices." The revised NGSSS for Health Education yielded the reformatted eight standards in K-12 progression and adopted the following corresponding National Health Education Skills and corresponding standards:
- Core Concepts- Comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention to enhance health.
- Internal and External Influence- Analyze the influence of family, peers, culture, media, technology, and other factors on health behaviors.
- Accessing Information- Demonstrate the ability to access valid health information, products, and services to enhance health.
- Interpersonal Communication- Demonstrate the ability to use interpersonal-communication skills to enhance health and avoid or reduce health risks.
- Decision Making- Demonstrate the ability to use decision-making skills to enhance health.
- Goal Setting- Demonstrate the ability to use goal-setting skills to enhance health.
- Self-Management- Demonstrate the ability to practice advocacy, health-enhancing behaviors, and avoidance or reduction of health risks for oneself.
- Advocacy- Demonstrate the ability to advocate for individual, peer, school, family, and community health.
The standards are structured by Standards and Benchmarks. The Standard is a general statement that identifies what the student is expected to achieve. The Benchmark identifies what the student will know and be able to do at the end of each of the grade.
Health Education Toolkits
Health Education Topics (Risk Behaviors of Youth)
- Alcohol and Other Drug Use
- HIV/AIDS Prevention, Pregnancy Prevention, and Human Sexuality Education
- Injury and Accident Prevention
- Physical Activity
- Tobacco Use
School Health Profiles Report
- Florida State Statute 1003.41 - Sunshine State Standards
- Florida State Statute 1003.42 (2)(n) - Required Instruction
- Florida State Statute 1003.4282 - General Requirements for High School Graduation; Revised
- Florida State Statute 1003.46 - Health Education; Instruction in Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
- Florida State Statute 787.06 - Human trafficking
Professional Development and Training Opportunities
- Florida School Health Association Annual Conference, May 6-8, 2020 at Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando, Florida
- Florida Statewide Tobacco Prevention Course for Educators
- Healthy Schools Summer Academy - resources, presentations, and follow-up events
- SHAPE Florida Convention, October 18-20, 2020
Human trafficking is defined under Florida law as the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjugation to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, slavery, or a commercial sex act. Human trafficking is modern slavery.
If you suspect a child is a victim, please call the Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE or 911.
For more information and resources, please visit the FDOE Human Trafficking webpage: http://www.fldoe.org/schools/healthy-schools/human-trafficking.stml
- CDC Healthy Schools
- Child Abuse Prevention
- Florida SEL CASEL Collaboration – Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning
- Green Schools
- Health & Academics
- Internet Safety
- Living Healthy in Florida
- School Connectedness
- Multiagency Network for Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities (SEDNET)
- Student Support Services