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The comprehensive school health education is one of the eight components in the Coordinated School Health Program model. It consists of a K-12 curriculum that addresses the physical, emotional, mental, and social dimensions of student health. The classroom instructions are designed to motivate and assist students to maintain and improve their health, prevent disease, and reduce health-related risk behaviors. Tailored to each age level, the comprehensive curriculum include the following topics:

    • Personal health
    • Family health
    • Community health
    • Consumer health
    • Environmental health
    • Sexuality education
    • Mental and emotion health
    • Injury prevention and safety
    • Nutrition
    • Prevention and control of disease
    • Substance use and abuse



In response to requests from schools for effective prevention programs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed the Programs that Work project to help educators identify curricula that effectively reduce sexual risk behaviors that contribute to HIV and other STD infections and unintended pregnancy and tobacco-use behavior.

The purpose of Programs that Work (PTW) is to identify curricula with credible evidence of effectiveness in reducing health risk behaviors among young people. PTW also provides information and training for interested educators from state and local education agencies, departments of health, and national nongovernmental organizations. The CDC identifies and disseminates information on Programs that Work to help inform local and state choices. The choice to adopt a curriculum ultimately rests with local decision makers and must address community standards and needs.

  • HIV Prevention Fact Sheets - These are examples of programs that have been proven effective in reducing HIV risk behaviors.
  • Tobacco Use Prevention Fact Sheets - These are examples of programs that have been proven effective in reducing tobacco use.


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