Teaching Health

Teaching Health

There are a lot of different parts to health. Of course you will teach more detailed and age appropriate. A lot of this can be done at all levels. This list is for all ages and it is up to you as the parent to decide what and when you teach. However in New York, we are required to cover alcohol, drug, tobacco as well as highway safety, bike safety and fire safety.


  • Analyzing Influences
  • Accessing Information
  • Decision Making
  • Goal Setting
  • Interpersonal Communication

Self Management

  • Advocacy


  • Recognize and respond to social and emotional health issues 
  • Depression and suicide
  • Self-injury
  • Eating disorders
  • Relate body image to the development of eating disorders
  • Analyzing Influences
  • Analyze influences on social and emotional health o Body image
  • Accessing Information
  • Access a variety of credible resources for issues related to social and emotional health
  • Students will comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention 
  • Students will analyze the influence of family, peers, culture, media, technology, and other factors on health behaviors.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to access valid information, products, and services to
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to use interpersonal communication skills to enhance health and avoid or reduce health risks.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to use decision-making skills to enhance health.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to use goal-setting skills to enhance health.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to practice health-enhancing behaviors and avoid or
  • reduce health risks.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to advocate for personal, family, and community

Interpersonal Communication

  • Explain and apply skills for effective communication (I statements, active listening, body language, conflict resolution)
  • Analyze barriers to effective communication

Decision Making and Goal Setting

  • Explain, apply, and evaluate the decision-making process to personal health issues
  • Apply strategies and skills needed to attain personal health goals


  • Demonstrate, evaluate, and analyze strategies to manage stress Apply strategies to promote a positive body image.


  • Analyze benefits and strategies for maintaining a healthy weight
  • Concepts –BMI (pros/cons), weight control, nutrient density o Benefits – nutrition, energy, reduced risk of disease
  • Strategies – energy balance, physical activity, avoid fad diets
  • Analyzing Influences
  • Analyze personal nutrition and eating behaviors Accessing Information
  • Access and evaluate current, accurate information for nutrition and weight management


  • Identify areas of personal eating behaviors that need improvement
  • Create an eating plan that targets identified areas.


  • Demonstrate the ability to respond appropriately to emergency and nonemergency situations o Laws/Codes/Regulations pertaining to emergency situations
  • Ways to deter abuse and violence (including bullying, harassment, and sexual assault)
  • Demonstrate skills related to cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator(AED)
  • Compression-only CPR
  • Locations and proper use of AEDs
  • Differentiate between healthy and unhealthy use of technology through internet, email, websites,
  • instant messaging, and telephone/cell phone use
  • Analyzing Influences
  • Analyze factors that influence risky situations and violent behaviors


  • Child abuse
  • Date rape
  • Dating violence/sexual assault 
  • Gang involvement
  • Sexual harassment 
  • Human trafficking
  • Accessing Information
  • Investigate resources for first aid, personal safety, and injury prevention
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Assess conflict resolution strategies that promote and sustain interpersonal relationships
  • Respond appropriately to harassment, sexual aggression, and other violent behaviors
  • Practice assertive communication in relation to personal safety


  • Apply strategies to prevent injuries and violence Advocacy
  • Advocate for an issue related to safety and injury prevention.


  • Summarize physical, psychological, social and legal consequences of use, misuse, and abuse of prescription, gateway/illegal, and OTC drugs

Analyzing Influences

  • Identify factors that influence the use of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs Accessing Information
  • Access and evaluate current, accurate information for substance abuse and addiction Interpersonal Communication
  • Demonstrate strategies for refusal and intervention of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs 

Decision Making and Goal Setting

  • Apply a decision making process to issues related to tobacco, alcohol and other drugs


  • Advocate for an issue related to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs o Rules, policies, laws
  • Healthy choices.


  • Examine the transmission, symptoms, prevention, and treatment, of communicable diseases o STIs, including HIV/AIDS
  • Flu, common cold, other
  • Examine the symptoms, prevention, and treatment of non-communicable diseases o Congenital
  • Cancer, heart disease, diabetes
  • Evaluate the impact of disease on the individual, family, and society
  • Analyzing Influences
  • Analyze influences on transmission, prevention, and treatment of disease 
  • Genetics
  • Medical technology 
  • Environment
  • Accessing Information
  • Describe roles and responsibilities of health-related agencies for disease prevention and control at local, state, and federal levels
  • Identify resources for reliable information, assessment, and treatment of communicable and noncommunicable disease or disability
  • Access information about a disease advocacy group or project


  • Create a personal disease-prevention plan that includes screenings, vaccinations and regular checkups


  • Advocate for an issue related to disease.


  • Explain fertilization, fetal development, and the birth process
  • Identify the most prevalent congenital and hereditary conditions that affect the fetus
  • Evaluate different ways to prevent pregnancy
  • Examine risks and consequences of sexual activity
  • Describe components of sexual responsibility
  • Gain knowledge about sexuality and sexual health
  • Choose a values system that makes sexuality a positive force in your life
  • Talk with parents/guardians, teachers, and counselors when necessary
  • Set limits and communicate to partners
  • Report incest, rape, sexual abuse, and the spread of STIs to the appropriate authorities

Analyzing Influences

  • Analyze factors that influence an individual’s decisions concerning sexual behavior
  • Investigate factors that contribute to sexual identity
  • physical, psychological, social components
  • gender identity, transgender, sexual orientation

Accessing Information

  • Access valid information, products, and services that promote sexually healthy youth

Interpersonal Communication

  • Analyze how interpersonal communication affects relationships
  • Analyze effective communication skills for sexual issues, including consent

Decision Making

  • Utilize a decision-making process for situations involving sexual behavior


  • Advocate for the health benefits of abstinence
  • Advocate for respecting individual and others’ sexual limits.

I'm the mom to Matthew, which we run and own Matthew's Kitchen. I'm 27 and studying to be a pastry chef. I love to cook and bake but my passion is in the pastry arts. Matthew is a 5 year old who began cooking when he was 1. Through the years he has not only gained valuable skills but has grown his palette. Together we want to share our passion for food with you and your family
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