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  • Health in Action- This database offers a broad array of health and physical education activity ideas, developed by teachers for use by their fellow educators to help them fulfill the requirements of the Mississippi Healthy Students Act. Fully searchable, Health in Action provides all the information you need to prepare an activity for your students.
Mississippi Public School Accountability Standards:
  • Standard 32
    The basic curriculum of each high school consists of required and approved courses that generate atleast 33½ Carnegie units annually. (See Appendices B and C.) {MS Code 37-1-3(2)} (SB Policies 2902 and 2903) Note: Any request for an exemption from teaching the courses listed in Appendix B must be approved by the Commission on School Accreditation.
  • Standard 33
    The basic curriculum of each elementary or middle school (any configuration of grades K-8) consists of reading/language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, the arts, health education,and physical education, which may be taught by a regular classroom teacher. {MS Code 37-1-3(2) and 37-13-134}
    Note: Beginning in school year 2008-2009, in any configuration of grades K-8, the basic curriculum must include 150 minutes of activity-based instruction per week and 45 minutes of instruction in health education per week. Implementation of the activity-based instruction must meet or exceed the standards as approved by the State Board of Education. A regular classroom teacher may provide instruction in the arts, health education, and physical education in a self-contained classroom setting.
  • Standard 37.2
    37. The district complies with the following requirements for Safe and Healthy Schools:
    37.2 Each school has on file a school wellness policy developed by a local school health council that addresses the eight components of a coordinated approach to school health and that has been approved by the local school board. (Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act of 2004) (See the Guide for Development of Local School Wellness Policy, www. {MS Code 37-13-134}(SB Policy 4012)
    Note: The policy must address standards for physical education, health education, nutrition services, counseling, psychological services, staff wellness, healthy school environment, health services, community involvement, school safety plan, marketing and implementation.

  • The Love Is Not Abuse Curriculum is a step-by step guide to teaching high school students about the issue of dating violence. Using literature and poetry, this program sponsored by Liz Claiborne Inc., provides teachers with the tools to teach about this sensitive subject and is intended to be taught in either Health or English/Language Arts classes.
  • Positive Action is an evidenced-based, positive youth development program that improves students' health, academic achievement, character, and social/emotional skills, while reducing problem behaviors, such as: bullying, violence and substance use.  It has a PreK-12 sequential curriculum with kits for school-wide climate development, counselors, families, and community involvement.  It's based on the intuitive, intrinsically motivating philosophy taught through six unit concepts, including positive actions for the whole self: physical, intellectual, social, and emotional areas.
  • Lessons from Literature is an innovative program that enlists English teachers to use the books and material already being taught to facilitate discussion and build awareness about physical, verbal and sexual abuse. Created by the Family Violence Prevention Fund,, Lessons from Literature will extend and enrich the core literature curriculum while raising student awareness of the serious topic of abuse.
  • Developmental Health Indicators, Birth to 5:
    A Guide for Parents & Childcare Workers
  • Child Safety Seat Tips:
    Until they're tall enough to wear a properly positioned adult seat belt, kids will need to use a car safety seat. Using these seats, when they’re correctly installed, reduces fatal injuries in a car crash by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  For more information visit Progressive's website at
  • Handwashing Webinar

  • Road of Life – Cancer Prevention for Kids Resource is a free, easy to use elementary health education resource geared towards 3rd – 5th graders. The goal of this program is to eradicate preventable cancers and diseases of excess by educating children about fitness, nutrition and tobacco use decisions they can make to lead to healthier lives.

  • The Mississippi Fire Marshal's Office with support from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is offering free to schools Risk Watch an unintentional injury prevention curriculum for Pre-K through 8th grade,which includes a 45 minute teacher workshop. Supplies are limited. For further information contact Tammy Peavy (601) 359-1061 or
  • Cooking with MYPYRAMID
  • West Nile Resources
    Mosquito Patrol Guide
    Coloring Sheet
    Baseball Poster
    Football Poster
    Soccer Poster
  • Centers for Disease and Control School Health Index (SHI) - The SHI is a self-assessment and planning tool that schools can use to improve their health and safety policies and programs. It's easy to use and completely confidential.

  • The School Health Profile, developed by the CDC, is a survey administered biennially to middle and high school principals and lead health education teachers to assess health policies and programs in states and large urban areas.

Office of Healthy Schools     P.O. Box 771     Jackson, MS 39205-0771     Phone: (601) 359-1737     Fax: (601) 576-1417

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