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Comprehensive School Health: Totally Awesome Strategies for Teaching Health, 3/e

Linda Meeks, Ohio State University (Emeritus)
Phillip Heit, Ohio State University (Emeritus)
Randy M. Page, University of Idaho

ISBN: 0072521309
Copyright year: 2003


Tell me, I forget. Show me, I remember. Involve me, I understand

Comprehensive School Health Education: Totally Awesome Strategies for Teaching Health®has been the leading teacher resource book used to prepare future and current elementary, middle, and secondary teachers to teach health since the publication of the first edition in 1991. It also has been the most widely used teacher resource book selected by state departments of education, school districts, and departments of health for inservice and train-thetrainers programs. Our ongoing commitment to improve the quality of life of children and adolescents and to assist our colleagues prompted us to write a third edition. We examined the latest research available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the goals and objectives identified in Healthy People 2010. We reviewed the suggestions of professionals affiliated with professional associations, college professors, directors of state departments of education, educators at health departments, curriculum coordinators, elementary teachers, middle school teachers, high school teachers, and undergraduate and graduate students for their suggestions. We also visited elementary, middle, and secondary schools to observe and evaluate the use of our Totally Awesome Teaching Strategies®. Then we began the "awesome" task of producing a complete revision, which includes everything teachers need in order to have the background and skills to teach health.

What are the key components in this teacher resource book that make it the most widely used for comprehensive school health education?

Section 1. Comprehensive School Health Education includes five chapters and is designed to provide you with a framework for comprehensive school health education. In Chapter 1, you will learn about the six categories of risk behaviors that affect today's students; the national initiatives that support the need for comprehensive school health education, including Healthy People 2010; CDC guidelines for school health programs to promote healthy behavior among children and adolescents; the Safe and Drug Free Schools Program; the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescence Health; the eight components of the coordinated school health program; and the Meeks Heit Umbrella of Comprehensive School Health Education. Chapter 2 prepares you for your role in school health services. You will learn about 21st century learning centers, school-based health centers, accommodations for special school health services, emergency care in schools, and student health concerns. This chapter includes the Encyclopedia of Health Concerns of School-Age Youth . . . from A to Z, which covers contemporary topics such as inhalation anthrax and smallpox. Chapter 3 describes a healthful and safe school environment. You will learn how to provide a healthful school environment, including ways you can create a positive emotional climate. You will learn how to provide a safe school environment. The text highlights special concerns in today's school environment, such as what to do about violence, sexual harassment, drug use, environmental tobacco smoke, and exposure to bloodborne pathogens. The text includes a discussion of how to provide adequate nutrition during the school day. Also included are suggestions for planning and implementing health-promotion programs for staff. Chapter 4 will acquaint you with the comprehensive school health education curriculum. You will learn the framework for developing a curriculum that includes health literacy, the National Health Education Standards, and performance indicators. A philosophy is included. Step-by-step directions are included for teaching each of the National Health Education Standards, the design of the Totally Awesome Teaching Strategies® is described, and instructions are provided for designing effective assessment of students, teachers, and school health education programs. Chapter 5 focuses on instructional strategies and technologies that help students gain health knowledge and develop and practice life skills/health goals.

Section 2. Health Content contains more than 200 pages of health content so that you are well-informed with up-to-date health knowledge in the ten areas of health. The following chapters are included:

  • Chapter 6: Mental and Emotional Health
  • Chapter 7: Family and Social Health
  • Chapter 8: Growth and Development
  • Chapter 9: Nutrition
  • Chapter 10: Personal Health and Physical Activity
  • Chapter 11: Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs
  • Chapter 12: Communicable and Chronic Diseases
  • Chapter 13: Consumer and Community Health
  • Chapter 14: Environmental Health
  • Chapter 15: Injury Prevention and Safety

Section 3. Totally Awesome Teaching Strategies®explains how to design your classroom as a laboratory in which students develop and practice life skills and achieve health goals. You will learn how to use Totally Awesome Teaching Strategies®. Then you are provided with Totally Awesome Teaching Strategies® for each grade level K-12 for each of the ten health content areas. Each of the Totally Awesome Teaching Strategies® is designed to help students develop and practice life skills to achieve health goals and be able to master the National Health Education Standards. Teaching masters, student masters, family health newsletters, and health behavior contracts also are included.

Section 4. The Health Resource Guide includes the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses for agencies and organizations involved in promoting health in each of the ten health content areas in the curriculum. Whenever possible, tollfree numbers are listed for your convenience.

Section 5. The Meeks Heit K-12 Health Education Curriculum Guide is a state-of-the-art curriculum guide that includes a statement of goals and philosophy; grade-level-appropriate steps for teaching each of the National Health Education Standards; a discussion of character education; a discussion of abstinence education; a discussion of children's literature, curriculum infusion, and health literacy; a discussion of the inclusion of students with special needs, service learning, multicultural infusion, family involvement, and evaluation; and the K-12 Scope and Sequence Chart.

The Appendix contains a copy of the Opportunity-to-Learn Standards for local agencies, community agencies, state agencies, teacher preparation institutions, and national health agencies. The Glossary includes vocabulary words and definitions. The Index provides a listing of page numbers that will help you quickly locate topics.

We created the third edition of Comprehensive School Health Education: Totally Awesome Strategies for Teaching Health®especially for you. We want you to use it as you engage in a most important task-educating today's youth about health!

Linda Meeks
Philip Heit
Randy Page

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