Health Standards Support

Inspired by the National Health Education Standards1, the reference points that are bolded below can enhance your health instruction.


Incorporate videos in health classes that share how evidence was gathered to provide access to valid information.

  • Emphasize the importance of using accurate information to learn about health and puberty with author Robie Harris.

  • Prompt a discussion about healthy eating and nutrition using this Meet-the-Author Movie with Eric Schlosser and Charles Wilson, authors of Chew on This.

  • Reflect on how we’re able to think deeply about physical symptoms when we have facts on the inner workings of our bodies with this video book trailer for The Way We Work by David Macaulay.

  • Invite conversation about making good food choices with this video book reading of Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Jen Corace.


Explore resources that promote conversations about health and health risks.


Highlight the strength needed to both face serious challenges and maintain quality of life.

  • Provide a variety of resources to frame sensitive conversations around health crises faced in John Green's The Fault in Our Stars.

  • Access the guest post by Aaron Philip to spark discussion about the challenges faced by people with disabilities and how strength and positivity matter.

  • Consider how support from those around you gives strength to persevere even in the most challenging times with this audiobook excerpt for A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams.

  • Discuss the fortitude found in community and in sharing real, raw, and personal stories around mental health with this Meet-the-Author Recording for (Don’t) Call Me Crazy.


Model self, family, and community health advocacy.

  • Access this Meet-the-Author Recording with Joanna Ho for Eyes that Kiss in the Corners to discuss the idea and definition of beauty.

  • Capture the enduring spirit of five entrepreneurial women who improved the environment and changed the culture of their community through recycling with Miranda Paul's Meet-the-Author Recording for One Plastic Bag.

  • Celebrate your body by participating in activities like this Invitation to Imagine with Renée Watson, author of Love is a Revolution.

  • Listen to this Meet-the-Author Recording with Nora Raleigh Baskin for Anything But Typical and reflect on the words “tolerance” and “acceptance.”


1. Referenced from "National Health Education Standards." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, https://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/sher/standards/index.htm.