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Health & Physical Education

Contact Information: Jim Maesrunprocesscatcher
Health and Physical Education Specialist
Las Cruces Public Schools
505 S Main, Suite 249
Las Cruces, NM  88001
(575) 527-9314 phone
(575) 527-9313
(575) 649-3898 cell

HEAL Grant: Healthy Eating Active Living Paso Del Norte
Las Cruces Public Schools Healthy and Fit Project

Goal: To continue adapting and piloting health and physical education components into the curricula and initiating staff wellness programs at schools across Doña Ana County, NM.

Physical Education

A planned, sequential, K-12 physical education curriculum that provides the optimal opportunity for all students to learn and develop skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to personally decide to participate in lifetime healthful physical activity and is aligned to the Physical Education Content Standards with Benchmarks and Performance Standards as set forth in 6.29.9 NMAC.

Health Education

School health education focuses on skills and standards-based health education. Traditionally health education has emphasized the learning and comprehension of health facts. The health education curriculum was organized around health topic areas taught as multiple independent instructional units designed to increase knowledge. Health education as life skills education emphasizes the ability to use essential knowledge and skills necessary to adopt, practice, and maintain healthy behaviors. Health education as life skills requires a curriculum focused on the prevention of six risky behaviors:

  • use of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs
  • dietary patterns
  • sedentary lifestyles
  • behaviors that result in sexually transmitted diseases and unintended pregnancy
  • behaviors that result in unintentional injuries
  • violent and other anti-social behaviors

A life skills approach to health education provides sequential K-12 instructional units designed to develop essential knowledge in these skill areas:

  • communication
  • non-violent conflict resolution
  • decision-making
  • goal setting
  • stress management
  • resisting negative social pressure
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