Health and Safety Education
Health Education in schools, as a planned, sequential and comprehensive program, teaches students the necessary knowledge and skills to develop healthful living practices by emphasizing the development of positive, lifelong health-related attitudes and behaviors. Health education incorporates a view of health that focuses on physical, emotional, social, and intellectual well-being.
Campaign for Healthier Schools
The School District of Philadelphia (SDP) was a key partner in Philadelphia’s Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) nutrition and physical activity initiative in 2010-2012. In partnership with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH), The Food Trust (TFT), and the Bicycle Coalition (BC) this initiative focused on increasing the availability of healthy foods, nutritional awareness and increasing physical activity for all students. This work continues in the District and the city initiative, Get Healthy Philly.
The physically educated student understands the importance of physical activity and realizes that skills learned in Physical Education are applied to lifelong recreation and activity. Physical Education class teaches students movement, teamwork, decision-making, self-reliance and the overall enjoyment and benefits of fitness.
Scope and Sequence
Our children are responsible for making daily decisions that have lifelong impact on their health and well-being. It is the responsibility of schools and families to teach children how to be healthy because children and youth cannot learn if they are not healthy. There is sound research connecting health and academic achievement. The Scope and Sequence provides a grade level framework for teachers to teach the Health and Physical Education curriculum.
HIV/Teen Pregnancy Prevention
The goal of the SDP HIV Prevention Education Program is to expand and strengthen comprehensive school health education with a particular emphasis on preventing HIV infection, other sexually transmitted infections, and unintended pregnancy. The program includes designing and offering of professional development opportunities, maintaining a comprehensive resource center for teachers, reviewing Human Sexuality materials and presentations to be used in the classroom, development of strategies to reduce the rate of HIV/AIDS students throughout Philadelphia, and conducting the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS).
EAT.RIGHT.NOW. Nutrition Education Program
The EAT.RIGHT.NOW. Nutrition Education Program provides free nutrition outreach and services to all students and their caregivers in the Philadelphia School District. This unique program is funded by the USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) under SNAP. This funding provides nutrition education programs and services to SNAP eligible adults and children in the Philadelphia community.