Youth, Parents and Communities.
Growing Healthy is a developmentally appropriate, comprehensive school health education curriculum designed for use in grades Kindergarten through six whose nationwide implementation is managed by NCHE. More than 5,000,000 students in 15,000 schools throughout the United States and Canada use Growing Healthy. Students exposed to Growing Healthy learn how to confront the critical health issues facing them today-nutrition, fitness, disease prevention, substance use, HIV/AIDS and safety, among other areas. Physical, emotional, and social dimensions of health are addressed throughout the Growing Healthy curriculum, which is designed to promote understanding, self-esteem, and decision-making skills that can provide a foundation for America's youth to adopt healthy attitudes and responsible behaviors.
Growing Healthy is the result of three decades of extensive testing, evaluation, and revision that meets or exceeds each of the seven standards and performance indicators set forth in the National Health Education Standards. The Safe, Disciplined and Drug-Free Schools expert panel of the U.S. Department of Education recently evaluated Growing Healthy and designated the curriculum as "promising." In addition, the earlier School Health Education Evaluation Study determined Growing Healthy to be one of the most effective school-based health education programs available.
In addition to implementation of Growing Healthy, NCHE is leading the nation in the development of coordinated school health programming, an eight-component model that includes health education, physical education, health services, nutrition services, community, psychological and social services, healthy school environment, health promotion for staff, and family/community involvement. Through a five-year cooperative agreement with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NCHE is working with other non-profit organizations and agencies throughout the United States to build coalitions and facilitate the formation of school health councils that can effectively mobilize community resources to support the implementation of a wide range of school and community efforts to promote child health.