June 03rd 2015
Health education and healthy living curriculum guides are ready for teachers. They support the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development’s curriculum framework for health education in grades primary to six and healthy living in grades seven and nine.
Encouraging people to “eat less and move more” without ensuring broader supports and changes in our physical and social environments is not effective. Work is underway in many places across the province to create healthier environments, but there is a need to ensure that future generations are more “health literate.” The curriculum helps young Nova Scotians learn to access, understand, and act on health information as well as recognize misinformation.
The curriculum addresses 21st century competencies and is based on the World Health Organization’s Life Skills Framework which has three conceptual strands—coping and self-management skills, decision-making and critical thinking skills, and communication and interpersonal skills. It addresses six priority areas including physical activity, healthy eating, injury and disease prevention, mental and emotional health, substance use and gambling, and sexual health. Each outcome is organized in three streams— healthy self, healthy relationships, and healthy community.
Curriculum guides for each grade level will support teachers with suggestions for assessment, learning, and teaching. Active living consultants, teachers, and public health subject experts have been involved in the development of the guides. Teachers can access the guide by signing into the EduPortal.