Starting Healthy

News And Updates

Starting Healthy, a Comprehensive Preschool Health Education Program

NCHE is proud to present the new 2005 edition of Starting Healthy©, a Comprehensive Preschool Health Education Program. Starting Healthy© provides a healthy foundation for children ages 3-5 and their parents. Starting Healthy© is modeled after NCHE’S nationally recognized and evaluated K-6 Growing Healthy® curriculum and addresses the components of comprehensive health education through 74 active, engaging, age, and developmentally appropriate lessons and activities. The Starting Healthy© curriculum also includes teacher instructions and parent brochures. The Starting Healthy© content areas are:

  • Growth and Development
  • Mental and Emotional Health
  • Personal Health
  • Family Life and Health
  • Nutrition
  • Disease Prevention and Control
  • Safety and First Aid
  • Substance Use and Abuse
  • Community and Environmental Health Management

Mind It!, a Mental and Emotional Health Curriculum for Grades 6-8

Mind it! is NCHE's new addition to its family of educational curricula for schools. This mental and emotional health curriculum is geared toward middle school students in grades 6-8. Mind It! is comprised of 35-40 lessons for each grade level. The lessons are designed to be flexible and easy-to-use, and can be implemented in the classroom according to the needs of the teacher and students. Mind It! is designed to be a curriculum that can stand on its own, to be used as a supplement to NCHE's Growing Healthy®, or to complement other academic curricula. The Mind it! curriculum includes teacher guidelines, student and parent brochures, and assessment tools for teachers. The program is modeled after Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) standards.

The topics of the Mind it! curriculum are:

  • Self direction and regulation
  • Self-esteem and self-image
  • Personal safety and safe behavior
  • Social and working relationships
  • Responsibility and integrity
  • Mental wellness
  • Mental illness

NCHE Curricula in Development

NCHE is currently developing a variety of other health education materials and curricula. These include a Family Life/Sexuality Education curriculum, a Medicine Education curriculum, and a Physical Education curriculum. Please continue to check this website for updates.


National Health Education Week 2006 - Healthy Kids: Creating Safe Communities and Schools

NCHE has announced that the theme for National Health Education Week (NHEW) 2006 will be Healthy Kids: Creating Safe Communities and Schools. NHEW 2006 will be celebrated October 16-20, 2006. For more information and free downloadable materials, click here.

National Health Education Week 2005

NCHE is pleased to announce the winners of the 2005 National Health Education Week competition, whose theme was Healthy Choices: Family Life Education. The winners of the NHEW competition were Ashlee Cooper, Health Education Association of Utah State University, and Audrey Shively, National Capital Area Chapter, SOPHE.

National Health Education Week 2004 Commentary

NCHE President, Dr. John P. Allegrante, writes in the December 1, 2004 issue of Education Week about how schools have an important—perhaps critical—stake in children’s health if they want to achieve academic goals.