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Discovery Education Acquires Health and Prevention Curriculum Programs

Posted Apr 25, 2005
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Discovery Education has announced the acquisition of health and prevention curriculum programs from Comprehensive Health Education Foundation (C.H.E.F.). The addition of these programs will further broaden Discovery Education's educational library with research-based content that helps students make healthy decisions and learn practical life skills they can use every day, according to the announcement.

The acquisition includes six complete health and prevention curriculum programs from C.H.E.F.:

* Get Real about Violence—K-12 curriculum program organized around three core topic areas of vulnerability to violence, contributors to violence, and alternatives to violence, with a goal of reducing violence inside and outside school walls.

* Here's Looking at You—K-12 curriculum that emphasizes bonding with peers, family, and the community as a means to cope with stress in addition to giving students information and skills aimed at preventing substance abuse.

* Youth Matters—Prevention and character education curriculum in one program to foster positive youth development for students in grades 4-6.

* Natural Helpers—A peer-helping program for students in grades 6-12 designed to help make schools safer by empowering students to take care of problems before they escalate.

* Get Real about AIDS—Curriculum offering students in grades 4-12 accurate and age-appropriate information about AIDS and other STDs by helping students recognize and avoid situations that put them at risk of contracting these diseases.

* Get Real about Tobacco—A K-12 program designed to decrease the likelihood that students will start using tobacco, to encourage students who do use tobacco to quit, and to help students promote messages against the use of tobacco.

These curriculum programs enhance Discovery Education's newest online learning resource, Discovery Health Connection—a new online library of K-12 health and prevention content that addresses the nine critical areas of youth health and prevention as outlined by the National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to the announcement.

Discovery Health Connection, a Web-based subscription service located at, takes traditional health and prevention curriculum kits and gives educators the ability to capture the teachable moments in the classroom with instant access to curriculum programs, teachers' guides, worksheets, videos, and extension exercises addressing health and prevention subjects, the announcement states.

[Editor's Note: For an independent MMIS review of Disovery Health Connection in the May/June 2005 issue, click HERE.]

Source: Discovery Education,

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