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Health Parents/Students

An Essential Discipline 


Health education is an integral part of the education program for all students. Grounded in the body of sound education research, the health education curricula in local school districts should be organized into a scope and sequence that support the development and demonstration of increasingly sophisticated essential knowledge, attitudes, and skills. A comprehensive health education program is designed to promote healthy living and discourage health-risk behaviors among all students.


A primary goal of the health education standards is to improve academic achievement and health literacy for all students in California. Four characteristics are identified as essential to health literacy. 


Health-literate individuals are: 


  • Critical thinkers and problem solvers when confronting health problems and issues 
  • Self-directed learners who have the competence to use basic health information and services in health-enhancing ways 
  • Effective communicators who organize and convey beliefs, ideas, and information about health issues
  • Responsible and productive citizens who help ensure that their community is kept healthy, safe, and secure 


Students should have an opportunity to practice essential skills to maintain healthy lifestyles. Such a foundation is reflected in the health education content standards.


Standard 1: Essential Health Concepts All students will comprehend essential concepts related to enhancing health.

Standard 2: Analyzing Health Influences All students will demonstrate the ability to analyze internal and external influences that affect health.

Standard 3: Accessing Valid Health Information All students will demonstrate the ability to access and analyze health information, products, and services.

Standard 4: Interpersonal Communication All students will demonstrate the ability to use interpersonal communication skills to enhance health.

Standard 5: Decision Making All students will demonstrate the ability to use decision-making skills to enhance health.

Standard 6: Goal Setting All students will demonstrate the ability to use goal-setting skills to enhance health.

Standard 7: Practicing Health-Enhancing Behaviors All students will demonstrate the ability to practice behaviors that reduce risk and promote health.

Standard 8: Health Promotion All students will demonstrate the ability to promote and support personal, family, and community health.


Health Education is a requirement by the state of California. In Health Education, students will be exposed to a variety of topics including, not limited to: NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY -GROWTH, DEVELOPMENT AND SEXUAL HEALTH -INJURY PREVENTION AND SAFETY -ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, DRUGS -MENTAL, EMOTIONAL, SOCIAL HEALTH -PERSONAL AND COMMUNITY HEALTH. We will be having class discussions about Health/Wellness related topics: health organizations, famous health/medical breakthroughs, and many current events. The curriculum will be interlaced with the California Content Standards for Health Education 9-10 (9-12)


* 1 semester/5 credits of Health is a South Pasadena High School graduation requirement

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