Comprehensive Health Education Summary

The Connecticut State Department of Education’s Guide to Curriculum Development in Health and Safety states the following: “The primary goal of health and safety education is to provide students with the ability to acquire information, develop skills, learn to think critically and make appropriate decisions that will result in a healthy lifestyle.”


The components of this guide, as outlined in the next section, generally focus on achieving the goals of health and safety education as they are outline in Section 10-16b of the Connecticut General Statures which includes the following statement:


“In the public schools the program of instruction offered shall include at least the following subject matter, as taught by legally qualified teachers,… health and safety, including but not limited to, human growth and development, nutrition, first aid, disease prevention, community and consumer health, physical, mental and emotional health, including youth suicide prevention, substance abuse prevention and safety and accident prevention….”


In order to effectively teach these topics within the available instructional timeframe, teachers must integrate the required topics into a comprehensive program that clearly articulates interrelationships among the topics and stresses knowledge, skills, attitudes and attributes.