CDC Healthy Schools (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – US) have published an informative report on Characteristics of an Effective Health Education Curriculum.
Countries have direct contact with the major portion of young people aged 5 to 17 years during the critical periods of their social, psychological and intellectual development. “Schools play an important role in promoting the health and safety of children and adolescents by helping them to establish lifelong health patterns.”
When school health policies and practices are put in place, healthy students can grow to be healthy and successful adults.
Today’s state-of-the-art health education curriculum reflects a growing body of research that emphasizes key characteristics. The characteristics are taken from reviews of effective programs and curricula and experts in the field of education.