HECAT : Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool
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      Health education is integral to the primary mission of schools. It provides young people with the knowledge and skills they need to become successful learners and healthy and productive adults. Health education is a fundamental part of an overall school health program. Increasing the number of schools that provide health education on key health problems facing young people is a critical health objective for improving our nation’s health.

      Health instruction in schools is shaped, in large part, by the health education curriculum. Choosing or developing the best possible health education curriculum is a critical step in ensuring that health education is effectively promoting healthy behaviors. The curriculum selection or development process, however, can lack structure and focus, which can result in choosing or developing curricula that are inadequate or ineffective.

      The Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT) provides guidance and tools to improve curriculum selection and development. CDC’s HECAT was first published in 2006 and was revised in 2012 and 2021. More recently, CDC has created a digitized version, HECAT Online, that allows users to interact with a web application to complete health education curriculum analyses. HECAT Online also allows users to develop a scope and sequence for health education. For more information about HECAT Online, launch the online application from the HECAT homepage at https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/hecat/index.htm

      Suggested citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool, 2021, Atlanta: CDC; 2021.

      CS322798-A  07/30/2021


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