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NEW 2nd Edition of HealthSmart Elementary Is Here!

Now with even better alignment to CDC's Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT) and National Health Education Standards

The elementary grade levels of the HealthSmart comprehensive K–12 health education program have been updated in a second edition. AllHealthSmart grades now clearly focus on the essential concepts and skills students need to know and practice to adopt healthy behaviors. Lessons and activities are tailored to the developmental capabilities of students at each grade level (K–5), and cover these key health content areas:

  • Emotional & Mental Health
  • Personal Health & Wellness
  • Injury & Violence Prevention
  • Nutrition & Physical Activity
  • Tobacco & Alcohol Prevention
  • Sexual Health (Grades 4 & 5)

All elementary grades come with a Teacher Guide that contains the easy-to teach lessons, with clear objectives, teaching steps and assessment. Grades K–2 come with 6 Classroom Posters (17" x 22") that provide a colorful, large-format way to reinforce the practice of key healthy behaviors; while Grades 3–5 now feature Student Workbooks that include all student reading and activity sheets and provide a complete portfolio of student work for review and assessment.

Colorful images are used to introduce health concepts and skills, stimulate student thinking and keep lessons lively and fun. Images are provided in a PowerPoint slide show and PDF formats. Teacher Masters include take-home family sheets, teacher pages and activity sheets for group projects.

Educators who purchase HealthSmart have access to the HealthSmart Teacher Support Website that features a wealth of free digital resources, including the Lesson Planning Tool that gives teachers the power to quickly customize a HealthSmart lesson plan.

View the Scope & Sequence Chart for K–5 Second Edition

See the new edition on the ETR Store

Comprehensive Sexual Health Lesson Plans

We've pulled together new Comprehensive Sexual Health Lesson Plans for middle and high school.

All lessons are  aligned to the Knowledge and Skill Expectations for Sexual Health in the CDC's Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT), as well as the National Sexuality Education Standards. A great resource for CDC DASH grantees, or anyone who wants to focus on exemplary, comprehensive sexual health education.

View the list of lessons for Middle School or High School.

Current HealthSmart Print users can follow this list to see which lessons to teach from the various units. 

Current HealthSmart Digital users can go directly to the Middle School Lesson Plan or High School Lesson Plan.

Updated Birth Control Information

The online birth control lesson for middle school has been updated, and we've added two new fact sheets to the high school lesson to include the female condom and the sponge. We also recommend reviewing the methods in order of effectiveness to place an emphasis on long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) methods, which are safe and effective for young people.

Updated Middle School lesson for Print >>

Updated Middle School lesson for the Digital Edition >>

New Birth Control Fact Sheets for High School >>

Spanish Family Activities for Middle and High School

The family letters and take-home family activities for HealthSmart Middle and High School are now available in Spanish!

Print Edition users can access the Spanish versions of these materials on the Digital Resources page under Print Edition in the menu bar.

For Middle School click HERE >>

For High School click HERE >>

Digital Edition users will find the Spanish versions in the Related Resources sidebar for the relevant unit and lessons.

HealthSmart Aligned with Common Core

Now you can see how your health lessons support the Common Core State Standards!

Read more about how HealthSmart activities support Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts in the areas of Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening and Language.

See specific alignments for Grades K-6, Middle School and High School.

National Sexuality Education Standards Alignment

HealthSmart sexual health lessons in Grades K through 12 have been aligned to the National Seuxality Education Standards.

Click here to see how the lessons support the NSES.

Digital Edition Is Here!

HealthSmart is now available in a digital edition.

  • The complete K-12 comprehensive program is available in electronic form
  • eBook versions of all lessons at each grade level
  • Link instantly to the relevant teacher resources and student materials

The Digital Edition of HealthSmart gives teachers and schools access to the entire comprehensive K-12 program. It features everything needed to teach HealthSmart in one convenient electronic format. 

Take a tour of Digital Edition >>

View Digital Edition sample lessons >>

Compare Digital vs Print Editions >>


Second Edition of Middle and High School

On a scale of 1 to 10, the first edition was a 9... but the new second edition of HealthSmart is a 20!

Marlene K. Tappe, PhD, MCHES, Professor & Chair,
Department of Health Science, Minnesota State University

The HealthSmart middle and high school programs have undergone substantial revision. New features and improvements include:

  • Updated content. All lessons were reviewed for accuracy and reflect health education as recommended by the National health Education Standards, the CDC’s health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT), and the USDA MyPlate food guidance system. Each lesson now addresses specific HECAT knowledge and skill expectations and identifies National Health Education Standards performance indicators, aligning the teaching more closely with what research has shown to be effective.
  • A new instructional design template with more guidance for teachers. Lessons use a consistent structure and link objectives and standards to outcomes. Teachers will find an organized plan with clearly identified steps for teaching concepts and skills, and for assessing student progress. Each lesson includes an introduction that gets students ready for learning, a health literacy vocabulary list, advice on supporting varied learning styles, and guided teaching steps that incorporate assessment.
  • Emphasis on assessment. Objectives for each lesson link to clear teaching steps, which carry through to student activity sheets and other performance tasks. New scoring rubrics provide guidance to ensure that students acquire the appropriate knowledge and skills. Each subject module culminates with two overall assessment activities: a written assessment of content and concepts, and a performance task that allows authentic assessment of content and skills through a creative individual or group project.
  • PowerPoint slides and blackline masters. To reduce paper usage and make these tools more flexible, a CD of accessories comes with each teacher guide. Transparency slides are available in PowerPoint as well as PDF format.
  • Student journals and class discussion notes. A guided journal for each subject module gives students a place to write and take lecture notes. Journals also list the important new health terms for each lesson. The journal can be found on the CD and on the HealthSmart website.
  • Health terms glossary. Each teacher guide includes a glossary of all health terms from the module. The glossary is also located on the CD and on the HealthSmart website.
  • Online support. The HealthSmart website provides a close-up look at the elements of the program, and free access for HealthSmart teachers to digital versions of teacher guide resources, content updates, articles and professional development materials.

HealthSmart continues to be teacher friendly, and contains everything needed to teach the comprehensive program. Teacher preparation is minimal, and teaching steps are clearly defined. The HealthSmart program remains committed to providing activities that build a personal value for health, shape healthy peer norms, and enhance students’ power to make healthy choices that contribute to a better future.