Originally Published In
Missouri Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Journal
Influencing knowledge to establish healthy habits and behaviors in our youth is the cornerstone to the necessity of health education as a skill set. Research has shown that adequate K-12 health education can reduce risk behaviors in adolescents (Freudenberg & Ruglis, 2007). Health teachers desire specific training in particular health education domains and professional development improves teaching knowledge and skills (Summerfield, 2001).