A Skills-Based Approach to Health Education

A Skills-Based Approach to Health Education

Health education teachers, physical education teachers, curriculum coordinators, and administrators can support students in one of the most critical and meaningful ways--by helping them develop the skills they need to be healthy for a lifetime. This workshop will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to implement a skills-based approach to health education. Topics covered will include the components of a skills-based approach to health education; strategies to apply a skills-based approach in the health education classroom; determining functional information based on data and curricular needs; and using authentic assessment strategies to determine skill proficiency. After this session, participants will be able to transition (or begin to transition) to an evidence-informed, skills-based approach to health education. If you are ready to add skills into your health education program, this session is for you! Recommended reading: Benes, S. & Alperin, H. (2016) The Essentials of Teaching Health Education: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, Human Kinetics.

Instructor Bios


A Skills-Based Approach to Health Education

  • Holly Alperin

    Holly Alperin has worked for over 20 years in public health and education. Currently she is a faculty member in UNH's Department of Kinesiology. Previously she worked for 16 years for the Mass. Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, most recently as the Nutrition Education and Training Coordinator to child nutrition staff in the NSLP and NSB programs. She has a strong background in promoting school health programs at the local, state and national levels, skills-based comprehensive health education, and providing support to develop and implement quality professional development that leads to behavior change. She received her Ed.M. in Policy, Planning and Administration from Boston University, her B.S. in Health Education/Health Promotion from Central Michigan University, and is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES).

  • Sarah Benes

    Sarah Benes received her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Teaching and her Ed.M. in Human Movement from Boston University. Dr. Benes was the Program Director for Physical and Health Education programs at Boston University for six years before coming to Merrimack College. Dr. Benes has multiple published articles in peer reviewed journals as well as a recently published textbook. She also presents at local and national conferences regularly and is actively engaged in service to the physical and health education professions as well as to the community. Dr. Benes' research interests include skills-based health education, physical activity in schools, and enhancing school-based physical and health education programming. Dr. Benes is also a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).

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