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Health and Physical education instruction for students should be designed to strategically increase students’ health and physical literacy.

The Health Education Framework for California Public Schools defines health-literate students as those who understand basic health information, directions, and services needed to make informed personal health decisions which may also contribute to healthier communities. Health-literate and health-informed students are:

  • Critical thinkers and problem-solvers when confronting health issues
  • Self-directed learners who have the competence and skills to use basic health information and services in health-enhancing way
  • Effective communicators who organize and convey beliefs, ideas, and information about health issues, translating their knowledge to applied practices
  • Responsible and productive citizens who help ensure that their community is kept healthy, safe, and secure

Physical literacy describes the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life.  (Margaret Whitehead, 2014 as cited by the International Physical Literacy Association, 2015.)

It is critical that learning experiences are structured to develop meaningful engagement that empowers students with the knowledge, skills, behaviors, attitudes and motivation to attain and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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  • SDCOE Professional Learning
  • Customized Professional Learning
  • Federal Program Monitoring (FPM) Support
  • Ed Code Compliance Consultation on Physical Fitness Testing and California Healthy Youth Act 
  • Strategic Planning and Program Updates

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