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Health Education

Bedford Central School District

Department of Health, Physical Education and Interscholastic Athletics

Mr. Chris Coughlin, Interim Director

Mr. Joseph Klausz, Curriculum Coordinator – Health & Physical Education

Ms. Barbara Zatarga, Department Secretary

 

 

HEALTH EDUCATION (grades K - 12)

 

Formalized Health Education classes are taught in grades 6, 7, 8 and 10.  It is the goal of the Middle School Health Department to create a safe and comfortable environment where students will acquire the essential knowledge and skills necessary to promote health and become responsible members of their families and communities.  We envision the Middle School Health student becoming health literate based on National Health Education Standards.  Students will leave the middle school as critical thinkers, responsible citizens, self-directed learners and effective communicators.

 

National Health Education Standards:

  1. Students will comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention.
  2. Students will demonstrate the ability to access valid health information and health promoting products and services.
  3. Student will demonstrate the ability to practice health-enhancing behaviors and reduce health risks.
  4. Students will analyze the influence of culture, media, technology and other factors on health.
  5. Students will demonstrate the ability to use interpersonal communication skills to enhance health.
  6. Students will demonstrate the ability to advocate for personal, family, and community health.

In the High School, Health Education is a one semester course required by the State Education Department, usually taken in tenth grade.  In the Middle School, Health Education is a one quarter course which meets daily and is required by the State Education Department for all 7th and 8th graders.  Health is taught in the 6th grade daily for a five week period of time.  Areas of study include substance abuse, mental health, tobacco/drugs, nutrition, first aid, human sexuality, family life, disease, human growth and development, CPR, decision making, and HIV/Aids education.  At the Elementary level, Health Education utilizes the topics found in the nationally renowned "Here's Looking At You" curriculum and is taught in conjunction with Physical Education.