School Health Education

Guidance Documents & Position Statements

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Featured Position Statement
New!  Released: 2021
Sex Education Is a Critical Component of School Health Education
SHAPE America supports age- and developmentally appropriate sex education as a critical component for all K-12 students in the United States. Standards-based sex education should be skills-based and comprehensive in scope. It should use accurate information and be responsive and affirming to the culture, identities, and lived experiences of students, families, and the community.
Featured Guidance Documents
New!  Released: 2019
Health Education Program Checklist
This guidance document is designed to help school administrators, principals, teachers of health education, and parents review their school health education program to ensure it addresses what SHAPE America has identified as the “essential components” of health education.
Featured Guidance Documents

New!  Released: 2019
Essential Components of Health Education
The Essential Components of Health Education guidance document outlines the essential components that provide the structure for an effective health education program, as well as evidence supporting why health education is a key element of a well-rounded education for all students.
Position Statements

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Physical Education
Physical Activity

Books New Releases

The Essentials of Teaching Health Education, Second Edition

The Essentials of Teaching Health Education, Second Edition, presents a skills-based approach to teaching K-12 health education that prepares students for success in the 21st century. It provides educators all they need to build, teach, and assess a health education program that will help their students become health literate, develop self-efficacy, and gain the 21st-century skills they need to maintain or improve health and well-being.