Helena School District has intensively reviewed and developed a comprehensive health enhancement curriculum. The K-12 Health Enhancement Curriculum Committee met monthly during 2009-2010 coupled with several sub-committee teams in an effort to draft a coordinated health education plan for students in grades K-12. Helena’s K-12 Health Enhancement Curriculum Committee consisted of regular education classroom teachers, physical education teachers, health instructors, law enforcement officials, Department of Public Health and Human Services, Lewis and Clark Health Department liaisons, social service coordinators, school psychologists, administrators, parents, and other community members. Members researched best practices and state and national standards to identify a powerful foundation for drafting a curriculum which reflects a research-based comprehensive approach to health education. Components within the document identify K-12 critical competencies in the following areas:
Health Maintenance and Enhancement:
Functions and Interrelationship of Systems:
Risk Assessment and Reduction:
Each of the above categories is sub-divided into more specific areas in an effort to provide a sequenced and coordinated school health program. Helena Public School’s Health Enhancement Curriculum is designed to motivate and assist students in maintaining and improving health-related knowledge, attitudes, skills, and practices.