| Health education is a planned, sequential, pre K-12 curriculum and program that addresses the physical, mental and emotional, and social dimensions of health. The activities of the curriculum and program are integrated into the daily life of the students and designed to motivate and assist students to maintain and improve their health, prevent disease and reduce health-related risk behaviors. It allows students to develop and demonstrate increasingly sophisticated health-related knowledge, attitudes, skills, and practices. The curriculum and program include a variety of topics such as personal health, family health, community health, consumer health, environmental health, family living, mental and emotional health, injury prevention and safety, CPR, nutrition, prevention and control of disease and substance use and abuse. Qualified professionals such as health educators, teachers, school counselors, school health nurses, registered dietitians, and community health care professionals provide health education.
TN DOE Health Education Home Page
- NIDA for Teens: The Science Behind Drug Abuse - This web site was created with the help of teens to educate adolescents ages 11 through 15 (as well as their parents and teachers) on the science behind drug abuse. Elements such as animated illustrations, quizzes, and games make learning fun through interaction.
- Kids Health- Includes great basic health information with individualized sections for kids, teens and parents. Also includes activities to help teach the mental component (dealing with emotions), healthy recipes, and information about the body.
- Learn to be Healthy- Interactive health science activities for grades 1 - 5. Includes lesson plans aligned to national health standards for children and teens.
- Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids- Lots of tobacco related facts and figures as well as state specific information.
- Too Smart to Start- An underage alcohol use prevention initiative for parents, caregivers, and their 9-to-13 year-old children.
- Get Fit TN! -GetFitTN is a statewide awareness program developed to address the rising epidemic of Type 2 diabetes and its risk factors like obesity.