What Teachers Are Saying about Comprehensive Health and Essential Health:

“It is so cutting edge and up-to-date with the latest statistics, and really seems geared toward teenagers.”
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Eating nutritious foods today lowers risk of developing diseases later in life.

Linking Healthy Students and Academic Success

Recent studies show that healthy students are better learners. If students are not healthy, they cannot achieve their academic goals. Because today's students face challenges that range from unhealthy diets and lack of physical activity to injury and violence (including suicide) to risky sexual behaviors and beyond, schools across the nation have an increased emphasis on health education programs to provide the knowledge and skills that lead to healthy choices.

Create a Lifetime of Healthy Behaviors…Now!

According to the National Association of School Nurses, educating and supporting students to develop healthy behaviors and effective coping strategies now can improve their overall health and contribute to patterns of healthy behaviors that will extend into adulthood.

The Key Component

The key is developing a comprehensive health education program—and Goodheart-Willcox can provide the resources for that program. Our Comprehensive Health and Essential Health titles provide the most up-to-date content, are available in print and digital format, and provide an extensive range of student and instructor resources.

Comprehensive Health and Essential Health offer a complete solution for high school health classes. These titles present the study of health and wellness as a dynamic discussion, relevant to students’ lives. In addition to standard topics (nutrition, fitness, hazardous substances, and mental health), these titles contain in-depth coverage of cyberbullying, sleep, body image, e-cigarettes, and more. Both titles align with the National Health Education Standards.

Comprehensive Health also covers pregnancy prevention and sexuality, and is also aligned to the National Sexuality Education Standards.

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150 minutes of physical activity per week is needed to achieve cardiorespiratory fitness.
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30–60 minutes
minutes of daily exercise reduces risk of diabetes and other diseases.
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2.6 million
receive outpatient services annually.
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8.5–9.5 hours
of sleep helps maintain good physical and mental health.
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