Health Education

Health education is a planned, sequential Pre-K-12 curriculum and program that addresses the physical, mental and emotional, and social dimensions of health. The activities of the curriculum and program are integrated into the daily life of the students and designed to motivate and assist students to maintain and improve their health, prevent disease and reduce health-related risk behaviors. It allows students to develop and demonstrate increasingly sophisticated health-related knowledge, attitudes, skills, and practices. The curriculum and program include a variety of topics such as personal health, family health, community health, consumer health, environment health, family living, mental and emotional health, injury prevention and safety, CPR, nutrition, prevention and control of disease and substance use and abuse. Qualified professionals such as health educators, teachers, school counselors, school health nurses, registered dieticians, and community health care professionals provide health education.

Michigan Model for Health

The Michigan Model for Health is a nationally recognized, research-based comprehensive and sequential K- 12 education curriculum. It aims to give school-aged children (ages 5-19 years) the knowledge and skills needed to practice and maintain healthy behaviors and lifestyles. It provides age-appropriate lessons addressing the most serious health challenges facing school children, including social and emotional health; nutrition and physical activity; alcohol, tobacco and other drugs; personal health and wellness; safety; and HIV. The Michigan Model for Health facilitates learning through a variety of interactive teaching and learning techniques. Skill development through demonstration and guided practice is emphasized resulting in the development of positive lifestyle behaviors for students and families. School Counselor Laura Murray commented, "I have used the Michigan Model and found it to be very beneficial and helpful during guidance lessons." If you are looking for new ideas to teach lessons from feelings and friendship to safety at home to conflict resolution to nutrition and exercise, the Michigan Model is a wonderful resource.

Take 10!

Do you need to TAKE10! Well, Blythe-Bower School had the first elementary faculty to be trained and to receive TAKE10! materials. Ushering in the 2010-2011 school-year, Yates Primary received Take 10! materials and training on August 4th. Principals DeeDee Finison and Kellye Bender brought Take 10! training and materials to their Mayfield and Arnold schools during the November 2nd, 2010 Professional Development Day.

TAKE 10!

10-minute periods of physical activity integrated with academic lessons that are grade/age appropriate for use in the elementary classroom. Created by teachers, this curriculum benefits teachers and students by: reinforcing curriculum concepts, addressing multiple learning styles, communicating positive nutrition messages, and providing opportunities to de-stress and re-energize!