Health Education

Health Education is a unique and separate academic discipline. It influences individual, family, and societal development, knowledge, attitudes and behavior and seeks the improvement of individual, family and community health. Health education helps individuals seek that which moves them toward optimal stages of wellness. It means also to aid individuals and families in overcoming the debilitating effects of economic deprivation, the lack of balance, disease and accidents of life.

Mission of Health Education

The mission of health education is to motivate young people to maintain and improve their health, prevent disease, and avoid or reduce health-related risk behaviors. It is the role of the health educator to provide young people with the knowledge and skills they need to be healthy for a lifetime and to utilize these health enhancing skills as a means for achieving life’s goals.

The National Health Education Standards states:

  • Standard 1: Students will use functional health information to support health and well-being of self and others.
  • Standard 2: Students will analyze influences that affect health and well-being of self and others.
  • Standard 3: Students will demonstrate the ability to access valid and reliable resources to support health and well-being of self and others.
  • Standard 4: Students will demonstrate the ability to use interpersonal communication skills to support health and well-being of self and others.
  • Standard 5: Students will demonstrate the ability to use a decision-making process to support health and well-being of self and others.
  • Standard 6: Students will demonstrate the ability to use a goal-setting process to support health and well-being of self and others.
  • Standard 7: Students will demonstrate the ability to demonstrate practices and behaviors to support health and well-being of self and others.
  • Standard 8: Students will demonstrate the ability to advocate to promote health and well-being of self and others.

SAVE THE DATE

SHAPE NEBRASKA CONFERENCE

in Lincoln November 3-5, 2024

Walk to Unlock Nebraska

Creativity is a necessity when working with youth. Walk 2 Unlock Nebraska allows classrooms and out-of-school clubs the opportunity to engage youth to learn about agriculture, nature, historical, and science-based content along one of four Nebraska trails. Two trails are currently open. The next two will be built over the 2023-2024 school year.

Walk 2 Unlock supports the whole child, working to provide activities to support body and mind. The program features an interactive map of Nebraska that allows users to track their locally achieved physical activity miles to make progress on virtual trails across the state. As students travel across the virtual trails, they will encounter checkpoints to learn more about the state through STEAM lessons appropriate for grades K-8th. Check out for Walk to Unlock Nebraska for more information.

Walk to Unlock Nebraska is a program of the Nebraska Department of Education Healthy Schools Program in partnership with Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation’s Agriculture in the Classroom, Nebraska Game and Parks, Nebraska Tourism, Midwest Dairy, History Nebraska, and Nebraska Public Media.

Updated June 25, 2024 8:54am