Health Education

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.

Skills-Based Activities for Health

A skills-based approach is a planned, sequential, comprehensive and relevant curriculum that aims to help students develop the skills, attitudes, and functional knowledge needed to lead a healthy lifestyle.

The Health Teacher

Current, relevant, adaptable resources for connecting health curriculum to the world we live in.

VTOpen is Vermont's Main Group for efforts under Open Education Resources (OER). The Agency of Education established a formal partnership with OER Commons in spring of 2017 expressly for this purpose. Working with a group of dedicated VT Ambassadors, VT schools are encouraged to use this group as a repository for digital resources for all content areas, including Health and Physical Education, which can be made available to all. Share your best teaching ideas on this website!

Technical Assistance Resource Guide for Sexual Violence Prevention in Vermont

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:

CPR Instruction

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.

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