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Health and Maturation
What is in Utah's elementary curriculum regarding health education?
Utah's elementary curriculum for health education spans from grade 3 to grade 6.  Over the course of these three years students learn about:
  • managing stress and setting goals
  • dangers of drugs and alcohol, and how to refuse when offered
  • development of healthy relationships
  • proper nutrition and fitness
  • consumer and community health
What is a Maturation Education?
Maturation is not included in Utah code; however it is defines in state rules:
"Maturation education means instruction and material used to provide fifth-or sixth grade students with age appropriate, accurate information regarding the physical and emotional changes associated with puberty, to assist in protecting students from abuse and promote hygiene, and good health practices."
In plain language, Canyons School District maturation classes are designed to teach fifth-grade students to understand and care for their changing bodies as they trasistion into adulthood.  Parents are encouraged to attend so that they can field questions and support further conversations.
What is taught in CSD Maturation Classes?
Curricula are designed to be developmentally appropriate.  Students are taught about physiological changes that occur in teen years as children transform into adults.  Girls and boys will be taught separately.
Physical Education
Physical Education (PE) standards for Utah span grades 3 through 6.  Our elementary schools work in collaboration with Playworks to provide physical education.  Please contact your school for more information.
The goal of physical education provided in our elementary school is to both provide structured physical activity and also to promote healthy social interaction and good sportsmanship.







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Canyons School District promotes life-long health and physical fitness for ALL students. In order to develop healthy lifestyles, students require knowledge, skills, attitudes, and positive habits that can be brought to fruition through quality curriculum, instruction, and guided practice opportunities.
Health Education:
Health classes guide students to be able to
  • Access valid health information and health-promoting projects and services
  • Analyze the influence of culture, media, technology, and environment on health
  • Develop understanding and respect for self and others
  • Practice goal-setting, decision-making, and self-management skills to enhance health
  • Practice health-enhancing and risk-reducing behaviors
  • Use interpersonal communication skills to improve health and relationships
  • Advocate for personal, family, and community health
Physical Education:
“The goal of Physical Education (PE) is to develop healthy, responsible students who have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to work together in groups, think critically, and participate in a variety of activities that lead to a lifelong healthy lifestyle (2016 Utah Health Standards).” In essence, PE develops the positive practices of physical and mental health that students learn in health class. In a quality PE class, students should be engaging in movement, exercise, playing games, and applying social skills such as following rules, navigating disputes, and encouraging others.
Recommendations from physician organizations and from the Center for Disease Control suggest that students should be active for at least 60 minutes per day in order to be healthy. A large body of research indicates that what is good for the heart is also good for the brain. Building healthy habits of exercise and physical recreation yields dividends in terms of cognitive acuity, emotional regulation, social integration, as well as physical fitness.







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