Health Ed Works was a multiyear Mayoral initiative launched in the 2018-2019 school year to ensure that more New York City students receive comprehensive health education that meets New York State Education Department requirements and helps them develop the skills to make healthy decisions and avoid high-risk behaviors throughout their lives.
The instructional materials, teacher training, partnerships, and technical assistance developed for the initiative by the Office of School Wellness Programs are now part of the DOE’s continuing approach to improving health education Citywide:
- new and expanded curriculum materials
- expanded professional learning for teachers
- guidance for addressing barriers to health education (i.e., scheduling, teacher preparedness)
- opportunities to educate and involve families, students, and community members in promoting a healthy school culture
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