Health Education Services

Curriculum & Instruction

The 2006 Mississippi Comprehensive Health Education Framework is a planned, sequential, K-12 Framework that addresses the physical, mental, emotional and social dimensions of health. The framework is designed to motivate and assist students to maintain and improve their health, prevent disease, and reduce health-related risk behaviors. It allows students to develop and demonstrate increasingly sophisticated health-related knowledge, attitudes, skills, and practices. The framework includes a variety of topics such as personal health, family health, community health, consumer health, environmental health, sexuality education, mental and emotional health, injury prevention and safety, nutrition, prevention and control of disease, and substance use and abuse.

T.E.A.C.H. Mississippi Manual

Health in Action
This database provides hundreds of health and physical education activity ideas in one central online search site where activities can be viewed, searched, re-sorted, and printed. Written by Mississippi teachers, the lesson plans available on Health in Action are designed specifically to help educators fulfill the requirements of the Mississippi Healthy Students Act.

What is Bullying?
A lot of young people have a good idea of what bullying is because they see it every day! Bullying happens when someone hurts or scares another person on purpose and the person being bullied has a hard time defending himself or herself. Usually, bullying happens over and over.

  • Punching, shoving, and other acts that hurt people physically
  • Spreading bad rumors about people
  • Keeping certain people out of a "group"
  • Teasing people in a mean way
  • Getting certain people to "gang up" on others

Bullying also can happen online or electronically. Cyberbullying is when children or teens bully each other using the Internet, mobile phones or other cyber technology. This can include:

  • Sending mean text, email, or instant messages
  • Posting nasty pictures or messages about others in blogs or on Web sites
  • Using someone else's user name to spread rumors or lies about someone

Anti-Bullying Resources

Teaching Resources for Other Areas
Teaching resources are also available in the areas of Safety, Environment, Nutrition, Health Services, Hygiene, Physical Education, and Other Related Resources. These links and available resources are for school personnel to review and use at their discretion to support school health instruction. Interactive games and tutorials are also available in the areas of Safety, Environment, Nutrition, Health Services, Hygiene, and Other Related Resources.

An Elementary Approach to Improve Health Literacy in Mississippi
The Institute for Disability Studies (IDS), through funding from the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation and in collaboration with teachers from the Madison County School District, has developed six grade-specific, integrated teaching strategy guidebooks from the Mississippi Health Curriculum Framework for kindergarten through fifth grade teachers.  In use by teachers in elementary schools across the state, printed copies of these age-appropriate health literacy teaching strategy books have been distributed free to schools and districts. These teacher guidebooks are now available for download.

Drug Prevention Programs
Drug prevention programs and curricula that have been reviewed favorably by such agencies as Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), United States Department of Education (USDE) and approved by Mississippi Department of Education (MDE)

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

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