Health Education Program Checklist

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According to the CDC's Characteristics of an Effective Health Education Curriculumtoday’s state-of-the-art health education curricula reflect the growing body of research that emphasizes:

  • Teaching functional health information (essential knowledge).
  •  Shaping personal values and beliefs that support healthy behaviors.
  • Shaping group norms that value a healthy lifestyle.
  • Developing the essential health skills necessary to adopt, practice, and maintain health-enhancing behaviors.

  • This Health Education Program Checklist is designed to help school administrators, principals, teachers of health education, and parents review their school health education program to ensure it addresses what SHAPE America has identified as the “essential components” of health education:


    • Policy and Environment
    • Curriculum
    • Appropriate Instruction
    • Student Assessment
    Use the Health Education Program Checklist to identify which policies and practices from the essential components are in place in your school district or school — and to identify opportunities for growth to make your health education programs even stronger!

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