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Founded in 1979, CASHE is a non-profit, professional organization dedicated to promoting and supporting school health education.

SOPHE Applauds Passage of Every Child Achieves Act

New provisions incorporate health education and physical education as core subjects in schools

WASHINGTON— The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) applauds the United States Senate for passing the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA), which includes new provisions recognizing health education and physical education as core subjects that are vital to children’s academic success and foundations for healthy living. ECAA incorporates important reforms to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which since 1965 has provided federal support for primary and secondary education, promoted equal access to education and established high standards and accountability.

"The strong bipartisan Senate support for the Every Child Achieves Act reflects growing awareness that we must consider the whole child in our approach to education, particularly including health education and physical education," says SOPHE President Sandra Bulmer, PhD, Interim Dean, School of Health and Human Services at Southern Connecticut State University.

"At a time when many of our nation’s youth are failing the grade in terms of being overweight and physically inactive, this legislation provides a vital foundation for promoting learning and a healthy lifestyle," says Elaine Auld, MPH, MCHES, SOPHE Chief Executive Officer. "We particularly appreciate the leadership of Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) in advancing the vital roles of health education and physical education for much-needed legislative change."

Press HERE to see the full SOPHE article in the CASHE legislative section.

Advocacy: Health Education in Schools

SOPHE is leading the charge in supporting “Health” to be designated as a “core” subject in legislation to reauthorize or restructure the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). A bill is advancing through the Senate quickly and we must let policymakers know the vital role of Health Education in academic achievement. Today, more than ever, youth need to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to live healthy lifestyles. Join us for a day of advocacy and speak out. Youth are one-fourth of our population, but all of our future!

SOPHE is holding a Health Education in Schools Virtual Advocacy Day Today.

Click here to access the Participant Guide.

Click here to view slides from the Advocacy Day Webinar.

Read SOPHE's letter to Congress on this issue.

Click here to join more than 200 health education colleagues who have already signed the letter.You have till May 20 to join the petition.

Sex Ed Ruling - ACLU Northern California

Historic Ruling in ACLU Lawsuit: Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Violated State Law Fresno County judge rules that the curriculum had been medically inaccurate and biased for “many years”
A Fresno County Superior Court judge has ruled that a lawsuit brought against the Clovis Unified School District was justified because the District’s sex education curriculum was out of compliance with California state law. The suit, American Academy of Pediatrics, et al. v. Clovis Unified School District, was brought on behalf of parents, physicians and the Gay-Straight Alliance Network by the ACLU of California and pro bono counsel, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

In the first-ever ruling (link below) on California’s 2003 sex education law, Judge Donald S. Black created a legal precedent that California students have a right to sex education that is complete, medically accurate, and free of bias. This historic ruling is the first to find that abstinence-only-until marriage instruction is unlawful on the grounds of medical accuracy and bias.

To read the full ACLU press release click here.

To read the full California ruling click here.

Click here to go to legislative section to see how this impacts AB 329.

New Article

Vital Signs: Leading Causes of Death, Prevalence of Diseases and Risk Factors, and Use of Health Services Among Hispanics in the United States — 2009–2013

To read the full from the CDC click here.

Former UTLA President Warren Fletcher Speaks Out Strongly for Health Education in the LAUSD

"It’s the only subject in the entire curriculum where the subject of the class is the student him or herself."

Click here to visit our Legislation section and read Mr. Fletcher's comments in full...