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Comprehensive School Health Education

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“The health of people is really the foundation upon which all their happiness and all their powers as a state depend.”  

 -Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield (July 23, 1877)

 

Nutrition Education in the Cafeteria

The district has implemented a "point-of-sale" nutriiton promotion program in all school cafeterias.  Students are prompted to apply health education principles of healthy eating as they make choices in the cafeteria.  In elementary schools, colorful samples of "My Plate" are displayed throughout the caferia and foods are labeled by food group to help students develop the skills to build a balanced play.  At secondary schools, digital screens display menu choices, calorie counts, and healthy lifestyle messages.  Samples of the materials are located under related documents at right.

Comprehensive School Health Education

Comprehensive School Health Education (CSHE) includes curriculum, instruction, and assessment that is sequential from kindergarten through high school and that meets the health education standards outlined in the Maine Parameters of Essential Instruction (aka – Maine Learning Results).  CSHE addresses physical, mental, emotional, and social aspects of health, and provides knowledge and skills that promote and enhance lifelong health behaviors. CSHE motivates and enables students to maintain and improve their health, prevent disease, and reduce health-related risk behaviors. 

CSHE has ten mandated content areas:

  • community health
  • consumer health
  • environmental health
  • family life education
  • growth and development
  • personal health, including mental and emotional health
  • nutritional health
  • prevention and control of disease and disorders
  • safe and accident prevention
  • substance use and abuse prevention