Ohio Department of Education Topic News

What, when and where do Ohio parents believe their children should learn about health topics?


Parents support schools in teaching health education, according to a survey conducted by the Ohio Department of Education. A total of 1,500 Ohio parents were surveyed.

The results show that families want trained or certified professionals teaching health topics and want the information to be complete. Although there are topics that parents feel are not appropriate for young students, most surveyed parents feel that health topics should be taught at all grade levels.

Those responding to the survey support state standards in health education and support less local control over health curriculum decisions. As a result, parents seem to feel that health education should be more integrated into the school curriculum and consistent across schools. Parents are also very supportive of schools encouraging health behaviors such as physical activity, nutrition and tobacco-free environments.