Today, health status is determined more by one's personal behaviors rather than advances in medical technology, availability of health services, or other factors; and research demonstrates that education in schools can influence the health-related behaviors of students.
Healthful Living is a combination of health education and physical education. The two courses should complement each other. Students should experience a sequential educational program that will involve learning a variety of skills that enhance a person's quality of life.
Research continues to support the need for comprehensive sequential instruction to reduce risk-taking behaviors and encourage health-promoting behaviors among youth. The North Carolina Healthful Living Essential Standards, as well as other resources posted here are designed to assist schools with implementing policies, programs, and strategies that support the teaching and learning of essential health-related knowledge and skills leading to healthy active lifelong behaviors for North Carolina’s school-aged youth.
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