Health education helps students acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need for making health-promoting decisions, achieving health literacy, adopting health-enhancing behaviors, and promoting the health of others. Comprehensive school health education includes curricula and instruction that address a variety of topics such as alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention, healthy eating/nutrition, mental and emotional health, personal health and wellness, physical activity, safety and injury prevention, sexual health, and violence prevention.
SUHSD explore these topics at minimum in Life Skills & Physical Education courses, as well as with other school and partner programs.
SUHSD has been a leader in Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) education. The District partnered with Addiction Education Society to pilot the Neuroscience of Addiction (NOA) program in 9th grade Life Skills classes in 2015 and it has since been taught across the District every year. Through partnerships with multiple community agencies, ongoing prevention, education, and support programs are offered to students across the district.
SUHSD implements the Kognito Friend2Friend online program for all 9th graders across the district to learn more about mental health risks, recognizing signs, and opportunities to support each other.
Health Connected offers a two-week-long sexual health education program in all SUHSD schools.
Wellness Advisory Council members also plan & provide additional projects & programs with & for students, focusing on the areas of: Student & Staff Mental Health; Substance Use Prevention & Education; Sexual Health Education.