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ODE Definition: The study of health education prepares students to make healthy decisions and take healthy actions on matters concerning personal, family and community health. Its goal is for students to become health literate (the ability to obtain, interpret, and understand basic health information and services) and to use such information and services in health-enhancing ways.

The Oregon Board of Education adopted Health Education Content Standards in February 2005. A team of elementary health educators reviewed the Oregon Health Education Standards document and the Oregon Department of Education grade level-mapping document in health and determined specific grade level and priority ranking within the grade level to provide a comprehensive health education program including health concepts and skills.

This document identifies the eight basic health skills that students will develop in order to make healthy decisions. In addition, this document identifies the nine major health content areas, concepts to be taught, and examples of skill based activities that may be used to teach these concepts. Resources are also listed, aligning the district adopted Michigan Model for Comprehensive Health Education curricula and other district adopted health education curricula materials with the concepts to be taught. This document will help teachers determine which concepts and skills to prioritize at the different grade levels, what materials are presently available, and what areas we need to strengthen in our curricula, as we look to the future.

The eight health skills that students will develop at each grade level are: Concepts (CC), Accessing Information (AC), Self Management (SM), Analyzing Influences (INF), Interpersonal Communication (IC), Goal Setting (GS), Decision Making (DM), and Advocacy (AV). Items in the tables that are in bold are grade level benchmarks. Priority rankings are identified in three priority areas: E (Essential skills to be taught at this grade level; I (Important skills to be taught at this grade level, spend less time than on essential skills, but still important and C (condensed skills, covered in more depth at other grade levels but will be covered very briefly or reviewed at this grade level).

Resources listed in italics are not district adopted health education curricula. They are suggested as examples of possible supplemental materials that teachers may choose to use in their instructional program. A Health Education Resource Packet, developed for each grade level, is available from Central Printing and provides additional resources for the classroom teacher.