ERIC Number: ED330080
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Healthy Kids for the Year 2000: An Action Plan for Schools.
American Association of School Administrators, Arlington, VA.
Education is key to helping people make informed, healthy choices. Children must be healthy in order to learn. Each year approximately 2.5 million children and adolescents are victims of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse or neglect. A similar number of teens become infected with sexually transmitted diseases. To combat these and other health-related problems, school health programs are becoming more comprehensive. Good programs have direct instruction, health services or referrals, and a healthy school environment. Ideally, health programs start in kindergarten and continue through grade 12, include teacher training, have research and evaluation components, and are coordinated by a professional health educator. Developing a comprehensive program consists of 12 steps: (1) making student and staff health a priority; (2) making a policy commitment; (3) forming an advisory committee; (4) assessing health attitudes, behaviors, values, and needs; (5) setting goals and evaluation criteria; (6) deciding on curricula; (7) appointing a coordinator; (8) investing in a staff wellness program; (9) providing staff development; (10) generating long-term funding and commitment; (11) fostering community involvement; and (12) ensuring evaluation and accountability. Appendix A provides a self-evaluation form for school districts' health education activities. Appendix B lists agencies that offer assistance in health promotion. Appendix C lists the school-related objectives of the Public Health Service. (EJS)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society), Health Education, Health Materials, Health Programs, Health Promotion, School Health Services, Student Welfare, Well Being
Publications, American Association of School Administrators, 1801 North Moore Street, Arlington, VA 22209-9988 ($2.50 each, prepaid, for orders under $20.00; quantity discounts).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Public Health Service (DHHS), Rockville, MD. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.; Metropolitan Life Foundation.
Authoring Institution: American Association of School Administrators, Arlington, VA.