Health & Nutrition Education Guidelines

More detail on the Department's Hawaii Content & Performance Standards for Health can be found here.

​​​Hawaii Content & Performance Standards III for health

  1. Students comprehend core concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention. All standards must be taught in the following content (topic) areas:
    • Promote Mental and Emotional Health
    • Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
    • Promote Personal Health and Wellness
    • Promote Safety and Prevent Unintentional Injury and Violence
    • Promote Tobacco-Free Lifestyle
    • Promote an Alcohol and Other Drug Free Lifestyle
    • Promote Sexual Health and Responsibility
  2. Students access valid health information and health promoting products and services.
  3. Students practice healthy behaviors and reduce health risk.
  4. Students analyze the influences of media, culture, technology, and other factors to enhance health.
  5. Students use interpersonal communication skills to enhance health.
  6. Students use goal setting and decision-making skills to enhance health.
  7. Students advocate for personal, family, and community health.

Course requirements for health education

  • Health education is required in all elementary grades.
  • One semester total (two quarters) of health education is strongly recommended, but not required, during 7th and/or 8th grade.
  • In high school grades 9-12, a one-semester course in health education is required for graduation.

Ways schools promote good nutrition

  • Positive messages about nutritious foods are displayed on campus;
  • Vending machines for students are stocked with water only;
  • School meals are made from scratch as much as possible, including fresh baked whole-grain bread items;
  • No foods contain trans-fats;
  • Drinking water is available for free to students during meal times;
  • Classes are invited to visit the cafeteria kitchen to learn how to prepare healthy foods;
  • Healthy breakfast, lunch and snacks are promoted to students and their families; and
  • Instructional gardens demonstrate how food is grown.

Contact Information

Health Department, OCISS

Phone: (808) 305-9712


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