Health education which leads to the total well-being of each student is the goal of the diocesan “Health for Success” program. The “Health for Success” program is a complete comprehensive approach to developing our students physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and socially. It is achieved by teaching from ten content areas:
- Community Health
- Consumer Health
- Environmental Health
- Family Health
- Mental and Emotional Health
- Injury Prevention
- Personal Health and Safety
- Prevention and Control of Disease
- Substance Use and Abuse
“Health for Success” is best achieved by presenting the materials one class period a week using theTotally Awesome Health binders and materials prepared for teachers. Students in grades K-8 should have 30-36 lessons per school year. This can also be achieved in the elementary grades by teaching the content areas as part of the science curriculum, physical education curriculum, religion curriculum, and the Catholic Vision of Love curriculum.
To ensure that students learn healthy living habits, the teachings of the 10 content areas should be modeled throughout the school in the schools lunch program, healthy care program, guidance program, modeling of healthy behaviors by all teachers and staff members, and in a safe and clean atmosphere in which to learn.