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Massachusetts Comprehensive Health Curriculum Framework - October 1999

Consumer Health and Resource Management

Consumer Health and Resource Management addresses obtaining and evaluating health-related information, services, and products. Information on the management of the home, the workplace, and resources is included in Consumer Health and Resource Management.

A major focus of Consumer Health and Resource Management is the concept that students have choices, as well as rights and responsibilities, in the management of their personal and health resources. Although laws protect the consumer, individuals must still take personal responsibility for decisions about purchases of goods and services. Money is not the only resource over which students have control. Effective time management can have a substantial influence on physical and mental health and well being. Consumer Health and Resource Management recognizes the contribution made by science and technology and business and industry to both health care as well as consumer products and choices. The information contained in Consumer Health and Resource Management can help students become wise consumers. Topics generally covered in Consumer Health and Resource Management include: Health Care and Resource Management Practices.

PreK-12 Standard 12: Consumer Health and 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.

Learning Standards: Consumer Health and Resource Management

PreK-5 Health Care
12.1 Identify and describe health careers.
12.2 Interpret the symbols and information provided on labels for health care products and food products.
Resource Management Practices
12.3 Identify advertising techniques.
12.4 Identify resources used by individuals to manage their daily lives (such as time and money).
12.5 Name and weigh criteria for selecting a consumer product and evaluate the product's safety and health aspects.
6-8 Health Care
12.6 Describe how allowing time for healthy activities (such as exercise, preparing nutritious meals, getting adequate sleep) can improve health.
12.7 Evaluate both the physical effectiveness and cost effectiveness of health care products.
12.8 Identify ways consumer decisions and actions can influence physical and mental health.
Resource Management Practices
12.9 Describe the decision-making process when planning a budget to save money for a special purpose.
12.10 Identify ways that family and friends can positively or negatively influence consumer choices.
9-12 Health Care
12.11 Explain when and how to use self-care or professional health care services.
12.12 Identify information needed to select and maintain relationships with health care providers to meet the needs of individuals and family members.
12.13 Describe the various methods for gaining access to health care and health insurance.
Resource Management Practices
12.14 Apply planning and management skills to organize tasks and responsibilities.
12.15 Explain criteria for making consumer decisions about various kinds of products.
12.16 Review the positive and negative influences of the media that impact on health.
12.17 Describe the individual's responsibility to be a wise and informed consumer, including how to plan a budget that includes a spending and savings plan.
12.18 Analyze decisions about making specific purchases and maintaining those products or services.
12.19 Identify procedures for making consumer complaints, such as determining if/when a complaint is warranted, gathering relevant information, and identifying the appropriate agencies to contact.
12.20 Explain the contribution of business, industry, and technology to the improvement of consumer products and choices.

Selected Examples: Consumer Health and Resource Management

12.4 Students use scenarios of good or poor choices made by children using time or money resources. Discuss reasons why those choices were appropriate or inappropriate and if inappropriate, what choices could be made instead.

12.8 Students interview peers about the physical and emotional effects of excessive video game playing.

12.11 Using scenarios where health care is needed, students identify those situations in which self-care is appropriate and in which professional care is necessary.

12.13 Student teams research and report on the health care system in Massachusetts as compared to the health care system in the United States.

12.17 Given a specified income and a series of expenditures in teacher-developed case studies, students develop a budget that will meet needs while allowing for saving. Compare and analyze differences in the choices made within the class.

Interdisciplinary Learning Objectives: Consumer Health and Resource Management

6-8 12.a. (Law & Policy. Connects with History & Social Science: Civics & Government) Identify the contribution of state and federal public health laws and of government agencies for the protection of the consumer.

9-12 12.b. (Law & Policy. Connects with History & Social Science: Civics & Government) Analyze the reciprocal relationships among consumer rights, policies and laws, and business and industry.

12.c. (Health Statistics. Connects with Math: Probability & Statistics) Evaluate methods to determine the accuracy of emerging health research.


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Last Updated: October 1, 1999
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