Vermont law (16 V.S.A § 131) defines comprehensive health education as “systemic and extensive” educational program and requires this education for K-12 students. School health programs for K-12 students prove to be more effective in changing health behaviors than occasional programs on a single health topic. Vermont Education Quality Standards (EQS) stipulate each Supervisory Union/Supervisory District/Unified District (SU/SD/UD) have a written and delivered curriculum aligned with standards approved by the State Board of Education that enables students to engage annually in rigorous, relevant, and comprehensive learning opportunities that allows them to demonstrate proficiency in seven content areas, including health. This web page includes information about Vermont’s Health Education standards, a portrait of a graduate considering Health and Physical Education, links to the Linking Health and Learning newsletter, and resources that support health education and sexual health education.

    Spotlight on Equity Resources

    Educational equity means that every student has access to the resources, opportunities, and educational rigor they need at the right moment in their education, whatever their race, gender/identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, language, ability, family background, or family income may be. (Adapted from CCSSO, Leading for Equity.) The Spotlight on Equity Resource below provides a list of considerations and resources for the purpose of supporting equity and access while emphasizing high-quality and culturally sustaining learning opportunities for all students.

  • PK - 8 Health Curriculum
    THE GREAT BODY SHOP is aligned with state and national standards for health education as well as the Healthy People 2020 initiative. Their annual review process incorporates changes in state or district standards on an ongoing basis.

    When health and safety or other pertinent curricular issues emerge, those issues are incorporated into the program immediately. That is why THE GREAT BODY SHOP is more than just another health program. It contains the most reliable and up-to-date information that our students and teachers need.

    THE GREAT BODY SHOP is a comprehensive health education curriculum that is sequential, developmentally appropriate, culturally sensitive, and medically accurate. THE GREAT BODY SHOP is aligned to the National Health Education Standards, the National Sexuality Education Standards, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Characteristics of Effective Health Education Curricular, and the core concepts recommended by CDC’s HECAT.

    Every school district has very specific needs when it comes to implementing a health education program. We constantly strive to be responsive to those needs. Our annual review process allows us to incorporate changes in district and state standards on an ongoing basis.