Health Standards Support

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

Enliven health classes with videos that share how evidence was gathered to provide access to valid information.

  • Emphasize the importance of learning from accurate information about health and puberty with author Robie Harris.
  • Prompt a discussion about healthy eating and nutrition with books such as Fast Food Nation and Chew on This by authors Eric Schlosser and Charles Wilson.

Explore resources that promote conversations about health and health risks.

  • Consider the power of words with author James Howe, whose book The Misfits inspired No Name-Calling Week.

Highlight the strength needed to 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.

Model self, family, and community health advocacy.

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 of One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia.

1. Referenced from "National Health Education Standards." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,