Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills Teaching Resources

Health 2.1

Health behaviors. The student understands that personal health decisions and behaviors affect health throughout the life span. The student is expected to:

  • (1) Personal/interpersonal skills. The student understands healthy and appropriate ways to communicate consideration and respect for self, family, friends, and others. The student is expected to:
  • (2) describe how to effectively communicate;
    • (A) express needs, wants, and emotions in healthy ways;
    • (B) explain the benefits of practicing self-control;
    • (C) describe how to effectively respond to bullying of oneself or others; and
    • (D) explain the benefits of treating friends, teachers, family members, and peers with respect.
    • (E) Personal/interpersonal skills. The student demonstrates critical-thinking, decision-making, goal-setting and problem-solving skills for making health-promoting decisions. The student is expected to:
  • (3) explain steps in the decision-making process and the importance of following the steps;
    • (A) describe how personal-health decisions affect self and others;
    • (B) list the steps and describe the importance of task completion and goal setting; and
    • (C) explain why obtaining help, especially from parents/trusted adults, can be helpful when making decisions about personal health.
    • (D) Personal/interpersonal skills. The student understands that bullying behaviors result in negative consequences throughout the life span. The student is expected to:
  • (4) identify negative consequences that result from bullying behaviors; and
    • (A) identify ways to respond when made to feel uncomfortable or unsafe.
    • (B) explain actions an individual can take when not feeling well;
    • (C) describe and demonstrate personal health habits such as brushing and flossing teeth and exercise;
    • (D) identify food groups and describe the effects of eating too much sugar and fat such as knowing that sugar causes dental cavities;
    • (E) identify healthy and unhealthy food choices such as a healthy breakfast and snacks and fast food choices;
    • (F) define stress and describe healthy behaviors that reduce stress such as exercise;
    • (G) describe the importance of individual health maintenance activities such as regular medical and dental checkups; and
    • (H) describe how a healthy diet can help protect the body against some diseases.


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