Strategies for Improving a School Health Education Program

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  • 0:00 School Health Education
  • 0:34 Local Strategies
  • 2:06 National Strategies
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Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

In this lesson, you're going to learn about a few local and national strategies that can improve a school health education program and thus a student's pertinent learning experience.

School Health Education

A school health education program is a comprehensive set of classes, strategies, programs, support networks, and personnel aimed at improving a child's health and safety. These programs are not static entities, but rather ever evolving programs that depend on constant reassessment and improvements based on the latest research; research that deals with new education strategies, local issues, and national concerns. This means that a school health education program can be improved by monitoring and/or working with local and national events.

Local Strategies

How can we improve such programs on a local level? There are quite a few strategies, so let's take a look at a few of them.

One important part of improving the program from a local perspective is simply engaging with the community. What do the parents of the students believe is important? Is it nutritional concerns? Exercise? Both? Or something else? Parents are on the front lines of what goes on behind the scenes when the child is engaged in active life. They will be able to spot troubling patterns that may not be visible in the classroom.

Another strategy is to ask, 'What does the community as a whole think is important?' Perhaps as a whole, the community believes that children aren't playing enough outside because they're not given the opportunity to do so. Maybe the school will build a bigger and better park as a result and integrate that park with sports activities and their classroom teachings.

Another way to improve the program is to engage with key leaders and experts in the local community. Doctors, nutritionists, sexual health advocates, and many others can come into the classroom and be guest speakers for the students, teaching them real world applications of what they learn in the class. Perhaps the community you live in has a lot of different organic farmers and ranchers students could visit on a field trip to learn more about the benefits of organic food. Or maybe the school can actually partner with these producers to provide healthy meals in the school cafeteria, more in line with what kids learn about nutrition in the classroom and less in line with what corporate fast food America wants kids to eat.

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