The Health Education Program at the Sterling Community School is based on a planned, sequential comprehensive school health education curriculum that addresses the physical, mental, emotional, and social dimensions of health. It enables children and youth to become healthy and productive citizens and establish and practice health-enhancing behaviors over a lifetime. The curriculum is designed to motivate children and youth to maintain and improve their health, prevent disease, reduce health-related risk behaviors, and develop and demonstrate health-related knowledge, attitudes, skills, and practices. A certified and effective teacher provides comprehensive school health education, which is one component of a coordinated approach to school health. Formal instruction in health education in Sterling is currently provided to students in grades seven and eight only.
The major components of the program are as follows:
Students comprehend concepts related to health-promotion and disease prevention to enhance health.
Accessing Health Information
Students demonstrate the ability to access valid health information and products and services to enhance health.
Self-Management of Healthy Behaviors
Students demonstrate the ability to practice health-enhancing behaviors to avoid and reduce health risks.
Analyzing Internal and External Influences
Students analyze the influence of family, peers, culture, media, technology, and other factors on health.
Students demonstrate the ability to use interpersonal communication skills to enhance health and avoid or reduce health risks.
Students demonstrate the ability to use decision-making skills to enhance health.
Students use goal-setting skills to enhance health.
Students demonstrate the ability to advocate for personal, family and community health.