Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills Teaching Resources

Health 3.1

Health behaviors. The student explains ways to enhance and maintain health throughout the life span. The student is expected to:

  • (1) Personal/interpersonal skills. The student explains healthy ways to communicate consideration and respect for self, family, friends, and others. The student is expected to:
  • (2) demonstrate respectful communication with family members, peers, teachers, and others;
    • (A) describe the mental-health value of respectful communication such as reducing the potential for angry behavior; and
    • (B) express needs, wants, and emotions in healthy ways.
    • (C) Personal/interpersonal skills. The student recognizes critical-thinking, decision-making, goal-setting, and problem-solving skills for making health-promoting decisions. The student is expected to:
  • (3) practice critical-thinking skills when making health decisions;
    • (A) gather data to help make informed health choices;
    • (B) explain the positive and negative consequences of making a health-related choice;
    • (C) explain the importance of seeking assistance in making decisions about health;
    • (D) practice assertive communication and refusal skills;
    • (E) describe goal-setting skills; and
    • (F) explain the importance of time passage with respect to a goal.
    • (G) explain how personal-health habits affect self and others;
    • (H) describe ways to improve personal fitness;
    • (I) identify types of nutrients;
    • (J) describe food combinations in a balanced diet such as a food pyramid;
    • (K) explain the effects of too much stress and practice ways to reduce stress such as exercising and listening to music; and
    • (L) explain strategies for maintaining a personal-health plan such as a commitment to good personal hygiene and checkups and an awareness of safety skills.


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