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Pasco County Health Education and Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

6th Grade Health Curriculum

MJ Health 6 is offered to all 6th Grade students in Pasco County Schools.

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to become health literate and practice responsible behaviors to promote healthy lifestyle and healthy living. This comprehensive course focuses on the health issues core to the optimum development of adolescents. The content should include, but is not limited to:

  • Core Concepts (dimensions of health, environmental health, illnesses and healthy behaviors)
  • Accessing Information (family and friend influences, disease prevention, reproductive health, medical resources, school and community health)
  • Internal and External Influences (available resources, seeking help, technology, products and services)
  • Interpersonal Communication (healthy alternatives, conflict resolution, verbal and non-verbal, active listening and refusal skills)
  • Decision Making (individual and group decisions, and positive/negative healthy options)
  • Goal Setting (short-term and long-term health strategies, personal health and small groups)
  • Self-Management (personal health practices and internet safety)
  • Advocacy (positive promotion and accurate information sharing) 

Curriculum Topics 

The M/J Health Grade 6this taught through ETR Health Smart curriculum. Lessons that are supplement to the curriculum are “Hands Only CPR” by the American Heart Association, and human trafficking lesson called “Unlocking Freedom”. The M/J Health grade 6this a one semester course. 

Unit 1: Nutrition & Physical Health 

Unit 2: Tobacco, Alcohol, & Other Drug Prevention 

Unit 3: Abstinence, Puberty, & Personal Health (HIV, STD, & Pregnancy included) 

Unit 4: Emotional & Mental Health 

Unit 5: Violence & Injury Prevention 

Hands Only CPR 

Unlocking Freedom (Human Trafficking Lesson)  

Health Opportunities Through Physical Education (HOPE) Core 

The HOPE course is only offered for High Schools in Pasco County.

The purpose of this course is to develop and enhance healthy behaviors that influence lifestyle choices and student health and fitness. Students will realize the full benefit of this course when it is taught with an integrated approach.

In addition to the physical education content represented in the benchmarks below, specific health education topics within this course include, but are not limited to:

  • Mental/Social Health
  • Physical Activity
  • Components of Physical Fitness
  • Nutrition and Wellness Planning
  • Diseases and Disorders
  • Health Advocacy
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug Prevention
  • Human Sexuality including Abstinence and HIV
  • Internet Safety

Curriculum Topics 

Semester 1 

Unit 1: Building a Foundation (Fitness for Life) 

Unit 2: Becoming and Staying Physically Active 

Unit 3: Moderate and Vigorous Physical Activity 

Unit 4: Muscle Fitness and Flexibility 

Unit 5: Healthy Choices 

Unit 6: Moving Through Life 

Semester 2

Unit 7: Understanding Health and Wellness 

Unit 8: Preventing Disease and Seeking Care 

Unit 9: Embracing Priority Lifestyles 

Unit 10: Building Relationships and Lifelong Health 

Unit 11: Avoiding Destructive Habits Sexual Health Education Unit 

Unit 12: Creating Healthy and Safe Communities 

The YRBSS was developed in 1990 to monitor health behaviors that contribute markedly to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems among youth and adults in the United States. These behaviors, often established during childhood and early adolescence, include

Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) - Pasco County Schools Data

In addition, the YRBSS monitors the prevalence of obesity and asthma and other health-related behaviors plus sexual identity and sex of sexual contacts.

YRBSS includes a national school-based survey conducted by Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state, territorial, tribal, and local surveys conducted by state, territorial, and local education and health agencies and tribal governments.

School Health Profiles is a system of school-based surveys conducted among school principals and lead health education teachers at the secondary school level. The School Health Profiles survey was developed in 1995 by the CDC, along with state, territorial, local education, and health agencies. School Health Profiles assesses 8 of the 10 components of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model: 

  • Health education
  • Physical education and physical activity
  • Health services
  • Counseling, psychological and social services
  • Nutrition environment and services
  • Social and emotional climate 
  • Family engagement
  • Community involvement

6th Grade Health Curriculum

MJ Health 6 is offered to all 6th Grade students in Pasco County Schools.

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to become health literate and practice responsible behaviors to promote healthy lifestyle and healthy living. This comprehensive course focuses on the health issues core to the optimum development of adolescents. The content should include, but is not limited to:

  • Core Concepts (dimensions of health, environmental health, illnesses and healthy behaviors)
  • Accessing Information (family and friend influences, disease prevention, reproductive health, medical resources, school and community health)
  • Internal and External Influences (available resources, seeking help, technology, products and services)
  • Interpersonal Communication (healthy alternatives, conflict resolution, verbal and non-verbal, active listening and refusal skills)
  • Decision Making (individual and group decisions, and positive/negative healthy options)
  • Goal Setting (short-term and long-term health strategies, personal health and small groups)
  • Self-Management (personal health practices and internet safety)
  • Advocacy (positive promotion and accurate information sharing) 

Curriculum Topics 

The M/J Health Grade 6this taught through ETR Health Smart curriculum. Lessons that are supplement to the curriculum are “Hands Only CPR” by the American Heart Association, and human trafficking lesson called “Unlocking Freedom”. The M/J Health grade 6this a one semester course. 

Unit 1: Nutrition & Physical Health 

Unit 2: Tobacco, Alcohol, & Other Drug Prevention 

Unit 3: Abstinence, Puberty, & Personal Health (HIV, STD, & Pregnancy included) 

Unit 4: Emotional & Mental Health 

Unit 5: Violence & Injury Prevention 

Hands Only CPR 

Unlocking Freedom (Human Trafficking Lesson)  

Health Opportunities Through Physical Education (HOPE) Core 

The HOPE course is only offered for High Schools in Pasco County.

The purpose of this course is to develop and enhance healthy behaviors that influence lifestyle choices and student health and fitness. Students will realize the full benefit of this course when it is taught with an integrated approach.

In addition to the physical education content represented in the benchmarks below, specific health education topics within this course include, but are not limited to:

  • Mental/Social Health
  • Physical Activity
  • Components of Physical Fitness
  • Nutrition and Wellness Planning
  • Diseases and Disorders
  • Health Advocacy
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug Prevention
  • Human Sexuality including Abstinence and HIV
  • Internet Safety

Curriculum Topics 

Semester 1 

Unit 1: Building a Foundation (Fitness for Life) 

Unit 2: Becoming and Staying Physically Active 

Unit 3: Moderate and Vigorous Physical Activity 

Unit 4: Muscle Fitness and Flexibility 

Unit 5: Healthy Choices 

Unit 6: Moving Through Life 

Semester 2

Unit 7: Understanding Health and Wellness 

Unit 8: Preventing Disease and Seeking Care 

Unit 9: Embracing Priority Lifestyles 

Unit 10: Building Relationships and Lifelong Health 

Unit 11: Avoiding Destructive Habits Sexual Health Education Unit 

Unit 12: Creating Healthy and Safe Communities 

The YRBSS was developed in 1990 to monitor health behaviors that contribute markedly to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems among youth and adults in the United States. These behaviors, often established during childhood and early adolescence, include

Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) - Pasco County Schools Data

In addition, the YRBSS monitors the prevalence of obesity and asthma and other health-related behaviors plus sexual identity and sex of sexual contacts.

YRBSS includes a national school-based survey conducted by Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state, territorial, tribal, and local surveys conducted by state, territorial, and local education and health agencies and tribal governments.

School Health Profiles is a system of school-based surveys conducted among school principals and lead health education teachers at the secondary school level. The School Health Profiles survey was developed in 1995 by the CDC, along with state, territorial, local education, and health agencies. School Health Profiles assesses 8 of the 10 components of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model: 

  • Health education
  • Physical education and physical activity
  • Health services
  • Counseling, psychological and social services
  • Nutrition environment and services
  • Social and emotional climate 
  • Family engagement
  • Community involvement

Parent Resources

State of Florida Statues about Comprehensive Health Education 

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 

Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH)   

Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS)  

School Health Profiles   

Florida Rule for Mental Health

Florida Rule for Substance Abuse

Florida Rule for Child Trafficking Prevention Education

Additional Resources  

Pasco County Health Department 

 State of Florida Statues  

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services