Healthful Living is a combination curriculum of health education and physical education. The two disciplines complement one another in providing students with the strategies and skills needed to assist them in leading a healthy, active lifestyle. Both include the teaching of skills as well as content. In physical education, more of the skills are psychomotor or movement skills; in health education there is a major focus on critical thinking skills, such as decision making, communication, and goal setting. The curriculum is based on the premise that knowledge in itself does not change behavior, but that learning and practicing skills promotes the adoption of learning from both discipline areas into daily life.
Physical Education and physical activity are integral to academic achievement and the emotional and physical health of our students. Research supports that healthy, active, fit children perform better academically, so keeping students safe, healthy, and ready to learn is our primary responsibility.
The district is currently in the process of integrating the New North Carolina Healthful Living Essential Standards and moving out of the NC Healthful Living Standard Course of Study. The North Carolina Healthful Living Essential Standards is a curriculum that addresses social development, character education, self-esteem, decision-making and the importance of physical activity throughout a lifetime. Effective delivery in the classroom addresses diversity, sharing, and personal development as well as many other issues.
The standards will be fully implemented beginning in August of 2012. Health education emphasizes the value of physical activity and lifetime fitness. Students will learn how to balance proper nutrition with physical activity for ideal weight management. Physical education delivered in a quality environment emphasizes student learning and the mastering of skills which enable individuals to be physically active for a lifetime.
Physical Education teachers in all Buncombe County Elementary and Middle Schools have been trained in the research based Physical Education Curriculum called SPARK, which stands for Sports, Play and Recreation for Kids. Designed as a model that can be adopted by schools nationwide, SPARK engages students in "New P.E."—a combination of activities that keeps children moving throughout the period and provides all kids with options that they can participate in and enjoy. Students in grades 3-8 participate in fitness testing twice a year using the Fitness gram assessment program as part of the Healthful Living Curriculum.
All Elementary and Middle Schools in Buncombe County strive to meet the requirements of the NC Healthy Active Child Policy. According to the NC Healthy Active Child policy, schools are to provide a minimum of 30 minutes of physical activity for all students in grades K-8. This can be accomplished through Physical Education class, recess, intramurals, or energizers in the classroom. Another requirement of the policy states that schools may not use physical activity as a punishment for students or that structured recess cannot be withheld from a student. The policy also mandates that school systems have a School Health Advisory Council – (SHAC) that meets a minimum of five times per year. The local SHAC consists of teachers, administrators, parents, students, other community members including those from business, religious organizations, civic groups, and human service agencies working together to improve the health of all students in Buncombe County.
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CPR Graduation Requirement
NC House Bill 837 states that beginning in 2015, all students graduating must be certified in Compression Only CPR. In order to meet this requirement, the Healthful Living and Career Tech programs are collaborating to teach these lifesaving skills.
Documentation of fulfilling this requirement will be placed on the students' transcript.
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Reproductive Health and Safety Education
With the passing of the Healthy Youth Act of 2009 schools are directed to provide Reproductive Health and Safety Education to students in grades 7-9. Instructors for this unit will be Health educators from Buncombe County Schools . After viewing the curriculum outline, parents are given the opportunity to waive student participation in the unit. A written request must be sent to the principal at the school in order for the student to not participate in the curriculum. An alternative health assignment will be given to work on during this instructional time. The comprehensive four-day curriculum in grades 7 and 8 and six-day curriculum in grade 9 includes developmentally appropriate materials and medically accurate information while focusing on the following points:
1. Abstinence is the expected standard for youth.
2. Reasons, decision making skills, and strategies for becoming or remaining abstinent.
3. Strategies to deal with peer pressure.
4. Abstinence is the only certain means of preventing pregnancy and diseases.
5. The best lifelong means of prevention is fidelity in marriage, and the benefits of abstinence as compared to the risks of premarital sex.
6. Factually accurate biological and pathological information related to the human reproductive system.
7. How STD’s are transmitted, the effectiveness of all FDA- approved methods for STD prevention, and information on local resources for testing and treatment.
8. Awareness of sexual assault, sexual abuse and risk reduction.
A full unit outline of each grade level is available for review at all middle and high schools as well as at the following links:
Growth and Development Curriculum
The Growth and Development (Puberty Education) Program is part of the 4th, 5th, and 6th grade Healthful Living Standards. The information is presented in grades 4th and 6th by BCS Reproductive Health Educators. The 5th grade presentations are conducted by school nurses. The outlines for the curriculum are below.
Teen Driving Safety
To assist you as a parent in promoting teen driving safety, the following are a few links to help with your quest.
The CDC has information for parents and a good sample contract agreement that parents/guardians can sign with their teens to help set guidelines to encourage safe driving. The contract is available in English and Spanish from this webpage.
The following site provides research and helpful information for parents/guardians.
For more information, please contact:
Debbie Bryant - Healthful Living Coordinator
255 - 5960 - Phone
255 - 5964 - Fax