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Massachusetts Comprehensive Health Curriculum Framework - October 1999


GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT Students will learn the basic characteristics of physical growth and development, including body functions and systems throughout the life cycle, and will acquire skills to promote and maintain positive growth and development.
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY & FITNESS Students will, by repeated practice, acquire and refine a variety of manipulative, locomotor, and non-locomotor movement skills, and will utilize principles of training and conditioning, will learn biomechanics and exercise physiology, and will apply the concept of wellness to their lives.
NUTRITION Students will gain the knowledge and skills to select a diet that supports health and reduces the risk of illness and future chronic diseases.
REPRODUCTION/SEXUALITY Students will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to make effective personal decisions that promote their emotional, sexual, and reproductive health.
MENTAL HEALTH Students will acquire knowledge about emotions and physical health, the management of emotions, personality and character development, and social awareness; and will learn skills to promote self-acceptance, make decisions, and cope with stress, including suicide prevention.
FAMILY LIFE Students will gain knowledge about the significance of the family on individuals and society, and will learn skills to support the family, balance work and family life, be an effective parent, and nurture the development of children.
INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS Students will learn that relationships with others are an integral part of the human life experience and the factors that contribute to healthy interpersonal relationships, and will acquire skills to enhance and make many of these relationships more fulfilling through commitment and communication.
DISEASE PREVENTION & CONTROL Students will learn the signs, symptoms, and treatment of chronic and communicable diseases, and will gain skills related to health promotion, disease prevention, and health maintenance.
SAFETY & INJURY PREVENTION Students will gain the knowledge and skills to administer first aid and carry out emergency procedures, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation, will avoid, recognize, and report verbal, physical, and emotional abuse situations, and will assess the factors that contribute to intentional and unintentional injury, including motor vehicle accidents, fire safety, and weapons safety.
TOBACCO, ALCOHOL, & OTHER SUBSTANCES USE/ABUSE PREVENTION Students will acquire the knowledge and skills to be competent in making health-enhancing decisions regarding the use of medications and avoidance of substances, and in communicating about substance use/abuse prevention for healthier homes, schools, and communities.
VIOLENCE PREVENTION Students will learn how their actions affect others, will understand the power that positive character traits can have in violence prevention, will gain skills to report incidents of violence and hurtful behavior to adults in the school and community, will avoid engaging in violence, and identify constructive alternatives to violence, including how to discourage others from engaging in violence.
CONSUMER HEALTH & RESOURCE MANAGEMENT Students will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to obtain, manage, and evaluate resources to maintain physical and mental health and well being for themselves, their family, and the community.
ECOLOGICAL HEALTH Students will gain knowledge of the interdependence between the environment and physical health, and will acquire skills to care for the environment.
COMMUNITY & PUBLIC HEALTH Students will learn the influence of social factors on health and contribution of public health, and will gain skills to promote health and to collaborate with others to facilitate healthy, safe, and supportive communities.


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