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Erica Burnison

Program Manager, Mathematics Curriculum and Instruction;
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Health Education

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What is Health Education?

One of the primary goals of health education is health literacy for all students in California. Health-literate students can understand basic health information, directions, and services needed to make informed personal health decisions which may also contribute to healthier communities. Health-literate and health-informed students are:

  • Critical thinkers and problem solvers when confronting health issues
  • Self-directed learners who have the competence and skills to use basic health information and services in health-enhancing way
  • Effective communicators who organize and conveys beliefs, ideas, and information about health issues, translating their knowledge to applied practices
  • Responsible and productive citizens who help ensure that their community is kept healthy, safe, and secure

These four essential characteristics of health-literate individuals are woven throughout the health education standards.

California's Environmental Principles and Concepts

Principle I - The continuation and health of individual human lives and of human communities and societies depend on the health of the natural systems that provide essential goods and ecosystem services.

Principle II - The long-term functioning and health of terrestrial, freshwater, coastal and marine ecosystems are influenced by their relationships with human society.

Principle III - Natural systems proceed through cycles that humans depend upon, benefit from, and can alter.

Principle IV - The exchange of matter between natural systems and human societies affects the long-term functioning of both.

Principle V - Decisions affecting resources and natural systems are based on a wide range of considerations and decision-making processes.