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Health Education Requirements

Iowa Code section 279.50 Human growth and development instruction (summary).
1. Each school board provides instruction in kindergarten which gives attention to experiences relating to life skills and human growth and development. School districts use research to evaluate and upgrade their instructional materials and teaching strategies for human growth and development.

2. Each school board provides age-appropriate and research-based instruction in human growth and development including instruction regarding human sexuality, self-esteem, stress management, interpersonal relationships, domestic abuse, HPV and the availability of a vaccine to prevent HPV, and acquired immune deficiency syndrome, in grades one through twelve.

281--Iowa Administrative Code 12.5(256) Education program (health education requirement excerpts).
Prekindergarten program -  learn to use and manage their bodies and to extend their interests and understanding of the world about them. The prekindergarten program shall relate the role of the family to the child’s developing sense of self and perception of others.

Kindergarten program - experiences designed to develop healthy emotional and social habits and protect and increase physical well-being and development of life skills and human growth and development.

Elementary program - grades 1-6 :

  • Health -  personal health; food and nutrition; environmental health; safety and survival skills; consumer health; family life; substance abuse and nonuse, encompassing the effects of alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and poisons on the human body; human sexuality, self-esteem, stress management, and interpersonal relationships; emotional and social health; health resources; and prevention and control of disease, and the characteristics of communicable diseases, including acquired immune deficiency syndrome.
  • Traffic safety - pedestrian safety; bicycle safety; auto passenger safety; school bus passenger safety; seat belt use; substance education; and the application of legal responsibility and risk management to these concepts.

Junior high program - grades 7 and 8:

  • Health -  personal health; food and nutrition; environmental health; safety and survival skills; consumer health; family life; substance abuse and nonuse, encompassing the effects of alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and poisons on the human body; human sexuality, self-esteem, stress management, and interpersonal relationships; emotional and social health; health resources; and prevention and control of disease and the characteristics of communicable diseases, including sexually transmitted diseases and acquired immune deficiency syndrome.
  • Family and consumer education - development of positive self-concept, understanding personal growth and development and relationships with peers and family members in the home, school and community, including men, women, minorities and persons with disabilities. Subject matter emphasizes the home and family, including parenting, child development, textiles and clothing, consumer and resource management, foods and nutrition, housing, and family and individual health.
  • Career education -  exploration of employment opportunities, experiences in career decision making, and experiences to help students integrate work values and work skills into their lives.
  • Technology education - awareness of technology and its impact on society and the environment; furthering students’ career development by contributing to their scientific principles, technical information and skills to solve problems related to an advanced technological society; and orienting students to technologies which impact occupations in all six of the required service areas. The purpose of this instruction is to help students become technologically literate and become equipped with the necessary skills to cope with, live in, work in, and contribute to a highly technological society.

High school program -grades 9-12: Health, one unit, (a course or equivalent related components or partial units taught throughout the academic year) is offered and taught as the minimum program:

  • Health (one unit) -  personal health; food and nutrition; environmental health; safety and survival skills; consumer health; family life; human growth and development; substance abuse and nonuse; emotional and social health; health resources; and prevention and control of disease, including sexually transmitted diseases and acquired immune deficiency syndrome, current crucial health issues, human sexuality, self-esteem, stress management, and interpersonal relationships.
  • Vocational education—school districts (three units each in at least four of the six service areas). A minimum of three sequential units, of which only one may be a core unit, is taught in four of the following six service areas: agricultural education, business and office education, health occupations education, home economics education, industrial education, and marketing education.
  •  “Health occupations education programs” prepare individuals for employment in a variety of occupations concerned with providing care in the areas of wellness, prevention of disease, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation. Instruction offered encompasses varied activities in such areas as dental science, medical science, diagnostic services, treatment therapy, patient care areas, rehabilitation services, record keeping, emergency care, and health education.
  •  “Home economics education programs” 1. “Consumer and family science” programs may be taught to prepare individuals for a multiple role of homemaker and wage earner and may include such content areas as food and nutrition; consumer education; family living and parenthood; child development and guidance; family and individual health; housing and home management; and clothing and textiles.

Human Growth and Development Materials and Resources

This following document includes examples of age-appropriate and research-based materials and resources which schools and school districts may use to update their human growth and development curricula regarding sexual exploitation by means of the Internet, health and wellness literacy, sexually transmitted diseases (including HPV), and human sexuality. These items are not intended to represent an exhaustive list. This list will be reviewed/updated on an annual basis. The list addresses Iowa Code section 279.50, Iowa Code section 256.11, and Iowa Code section 256.9 to develop and make available to school districts, resource-based materials and resources. Additional research-based materials and resources are available from many other sources including survey data.

Health Literacy (21st Century Skills) in the Iowa Core

The Iowa Core, our statewide academic standards, sets learning goals for students in 21st century skills, including health literacy.  The Iowa Core is a set of common expectations, not a curriculum, so decisions about how to help students meet learning goals remain in the hands of local schools and teachers.

Essential Concept and/or Skill are listed by grade:

Kindergarten; 1st Grade; 2nd Grade; 3rd Grade; 4th Grade; 5th Grade; 6th Grade; 7th Grade; 8th Grade 9th Grade; 10th Grade; 11th Grade; 12th Grade

Team Nutrition

Team Nutrition is an initiative of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service to support the Child Nutrition Programs through training and technical assistance for foodservice, nutrition education for children and their caregivers, and school and community support for healthy eating and physical activity.  Team Nutrition provides FREE printed, nutrition education lessons, posters, and stickers. 

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on February 09, 2016 at 6:56pm.