Vermont law defines comprehensive health education as “systemic and extensive” educational program and requires this education for K-12 students. School health programs for K-12 students prove to be more effective in changing health behaviors than occasional programs on a single health topic. Vermont Education Quality Standards (EQS) stipulate each Supervisory Union/Supervisory District/Unified District (SU/SD/UD) have a written and delivered curriculum aligned with standards approved by the State Board of Education that enables students to engage annually in rigorous, relevant and comprehensive learning opportunities that allows them to demonstrate proficiency in seven content areas, including health.
Health Education Standards
Health literacy is defined as "the capacity of individuals to obtain, interpret and understand basic health information and service, and the competence to use such information and services in ways that enhance health." The State Board of Education adopted The National Health Education Standards (NHES) in May 2015 to be used as a framework for schools to develop a health curriculum that will help ensure that our young people will acquire the knowledge and skills through proficiency-based learning. This approach empowers young people to create a foundation of good health for the future.
Linking Health & Learning – A Newsletter for Vermont’s Health and Physical Educators
Health Education Resources
- SHAPE America Download Library - Health
Classroom-ready & teacher-friendly resources you can use right now to help your students on the path to health and physical literacy.
EVERFI: EVERFI has resources for teaching students to make healthy choices in a safe environment. EVERFI partners with sponsors nationwide to offer interactive, online health resources to K-12 schools free of charge.
KidsHealth: KidsHealth offers educators free health-related lesson plans for PreK through 12th grade. Teacher guides include discussion questions, classroom activities and extensions, printable handouts, and quizzes and answer keys – all aligned to National Health Education Standards.
Learn to be Healthy: Learn to be Healthy is a standards-based resource that includes lesson series on several health topics.
Vermont Department of Health: The Vermont Department of Health website includes information, resources and curricula for educators who help students understand their own health and important public health issues.
The Health Teacher: Current, relevant, adaptable resources for connecting health curriculum to the world we live in.
Agency of Education Sexual Health Education Resources: The Agency of Education (AOE) is responsible for helping to increase the awareness of sexual health related information and services that are available to promote student wellness and increase academic success.
The Technical Assistance Resource Guide (TARG), created by the Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force pursuant to Act 1 of 2009 and updated in 2014, provides guidance for schools to build their capacity for and knowledge of sexual violence prevention. Additional resources for schools and educators:
Act 151 of 2012 requires that information regarding and practice of compression-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of automated external defibrillators becomes a part of comprehensive health education.
Email Susan Yesalonia, Ed.D. or call (802) 828-6553.