Essential Concept and/or Skill: Obtain, interpret, understand and use basic health concepts to enhance personal, family, and community health.

Know and use concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention

  • Describe the influence of risk and protective factors
  • Identify examples of physical, emotional, intellectual, environmental, social, sexual and spiritual wellness during childhood
  • Analyze how heredity, environment and personal health are related
  • Explain proper prevention/management of health crises
  • Identify where to find help with health care when needed
  • Describe the impact of personal health behaviors on the functioning of body systems
  • Identify how personal choices impact health and disease prevention
  • Describe preventive physical and mental health measures, including proper diet, nutrition, exercise, risk avoidance and stress reduction

Analyze influencing factors on health enhancing behaviors

  • Describe how diverse families, peers, cultural practices and attitudes influence health related decisions
  • Describe how media, technology, research and medical advances impact health
  • Recognize how national and international public health and safety issues affect personal and family health status


Essential Concept and/or Skill: Utilize interactive literacy and social skills to establish personal family, and community health goals.

Demonstrate social and communication skills that enhance health and increase safety

  • Demonstrate appropriate verbal and nonverbal communication skills to enhance health of self and others
  • Practice strategies to manage or resolve conflict
  • State methods of obtaining help for self and others
  • Demonstrate ways to communicate care, consideration, empathy and respect for self and others

Advocate for personal, family and community health

  • Identify personal, family and community health needs
  • Demonstrate how to influence and support others to make positive health choices
  • Describe ways to improve family and community health
  • Articulate effective communication related to health care practices
  • Use assertive communications skills to consistently advocate for a healthy, violence-free environment


Essential Concept and/or Skill: Demonstrate critical literacy/thinking skills related to personal, family, and community wellness.

Demonstrate decision making skills

  • Explain different approaches to making decisions
  • Describe the effectiveness of health-related decisions
  • Demonstrate the ability to seek assistance when making health related decisions
  • Recognize that health related decisions have an impact on individual, family, community, and environment

Demonstrate goal-setting skills

  • Develop goals to enhance health status


Essential Concept and/or Skill: Recognize that media and other influences affect personal, family and community health.

Analyze the influence of family, peers, health professionals, culture, media, technology, and other health factors

  • Demonstrate appropriate responses to negative and positive health influences
  • Recognize public health policies that aid in the prevention and maintenance of school and community health
  • Describe the influence of cultural diversities on health behaviors
  • Explain how information from school and family influences health
  • Identify characteristics of valid health information sources
  • Recognize the techniques used by print and non-print media sources

Access valid information, products and services

  • Identify factors that influence the selection of health products and services


Essential Concept and/or Skill: Demonstrate behaviors that foster healthy, active lifestyles for individuals and the benefit of society.

Achieve and maintain health enhancing level of physical activity

  • Identify personal physical strengths and weaknesses
  • Engage in physical activities to improve fitness components

Practice preventive health behaviors

  • Demonstrate appropriate and effective stress management
  • Assess risk factors that contribute to healthy choices
  • Choose healthy foods
  • Demonstrate behaviors that contribute to holistic wellness for individuals, families and communities