Evidence-Based Health Education Curriculum and Programs.

Positive Action is a comprehensive approach to health education because it features lessons and activities that teach the importance of a healthy diet and lifestyle. Students learn how to choose a healthy and balanced diet through activities and reinforcement.

Additional lessons focus on exercise and healthy activities to stay fit. Students learn the importance of staying active and taking care of their bodies.

It also moves students far beyond typical health-education issues such as how the body works, how health professionals can help, and the importance of good nutrition, physical health, and oral hygiene. Students learn that drug and alcohol use and violence are negative actions.

The program helps students realize that their thoughts, actions, and feelings accumulate to affect the way their bodies feel and how they feel about themselves. The Positive Action approach is a totally integrated wellness approach to health education.

As part of a broad effort to align Positive Action to academic standards, the curriculum has been aligned to national health education standards. This a brief summary of that alignment effort.

Students will comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention to enhance health

Unit 2 contains applicable lesson material. Physical and intellectual positive actions for a healthy body and mind are introduced for this standard. As the students increase by grade level it brings in social, emotional, intellectual and physical health, which are included in all the other unit concepts.

The whole curriculum addresses this concept by helping students use the TAF Circle, decision-making skills, and hygiene and safety lessons from Unit 2.

Students will analyze the influence of the family, peer culture, media, technology, and other factors on health behavior

Units 2, 3, 4 and 5 all contain applicable lesson material. Main areas for this standard are in physical, intellectual self-management skills, and self-honesty with peer pressure from Unit 5.

Demonstrate the ability to access valid information, products, and services to enhance health

Unit 2 talks about how you need to speak to a doctor and parents when you have more specific concerns.

Demonstrate the ability to use interpersonal communication skills to enhance health and avoid or reduce health risks

Units 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 all contain applicable lesson material. This standard includes healthy ways to express your wants and feelings, being a good listener, conflict management, conflict resolution and developing good relationships with your family, peers and others.

Demonstrate the ability to use decision-making skills to enhance health

Unit 2 introduces intellectual positive actions. Decision-making and problem-solving skills are the big focus in this standard. Teaching about the TAF Circle helps students from the beginning of the first unit, when the concept is introduced, and the Circle is addressed throughout the curriculum.

Students will demonstrate the ability to use goal-setting skills to enhance health

Units 2, 3, 5 and 6 all contain applicable lesson material. This standard is about setting health goals and keeping track of them. Self-management, valuing setting goals pertaining to students' physical health as their grade levels increase, and being in touch with reality are the main areas of focus.

Demonstrate the ability to practice health-enhancing behaviors and avoid or reduce health risks

Unit 2, 3 and 6 all contain applicable lesson material. This standard also talks about being responsible for yourself, which is found in Unit 3.

Demonstrate the ability to advocate for personal, family, and community health

Unit 1, 2 and 4 all contain applicable lesson material. From the beginning, students learn about self-advocacy. They learn more about themselves physically in Units 2 and 4 as they learn to promote positive engagement with their peers and community.

Further reading: Evidence-Based Mental Health Curriculum