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October Is Health Literacy Month!

Are your students learning the skills necessary to make health-enhancing choices? Use the resources below to help your students take charge of their own health.

The Goal of Health Education

The goal of health education is to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to lead healthy lifestyles. A skills-based approach is a best practice for delivering high-quality health education.

Health literacy is an important measure of the effectiveness of health education and is critical to ensuring that students have the ability to be healthy throughout their lives.

Health-literate people are able to address their own health needs along with the needs of others. They are able to obtain and apply knowledge and skills to enhance their own health and the health of others — both now and in the future as their needs change throughout their lives.

Appropriate Practices in School-Based Health Education

This SHAPE America Guidance Document gives teachers, administrators, curriculum specialists and teacher trainers a detailed blueprint for designing and delivering health education that meets national, state and local standards and frameworks. Learn More >>




Holly Alperin (Chair), University of New Hampshire, NH

Mary Connolly, Cambridge College, MA

Charlie Rizzuto, Oyster Bay High School, NY

Chia-Liang (Leo) Dai, University of Nevada - Las Vegas, NV

Stacy Furness, University of Wisconsin River Falls, WI

Rachael Gibson, NYC Department of Education, NY

Kristin McGurl, Chappaqua Public Schools, NY

Christopher Pepper, San Francisco Unified School District, CA

Cara Grant (BOD Liaison), Supervisor HPE, MD