CHAPTER 501

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

RELATING TO SUPPORT OF HEALTH EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS.

WHEREAS, education and health have been given extensive support as two of our nation's priority goals; and

WHEREAS, the current nationwide School Health Education Study has revealed serious deficiencies in teacher preparation, instructional materials, and general support and recognition for health education in elementary and secondary school; and

WHEREAS, the forty-eight million children in our nation's schools represent a group in its most impressionable years and in an environment where scientific health concepts can be taught for improved health behavior; and

WHEREAS, many health problems and established health practices originate in the early habit forming years of children and youth; and

WHEREAS, conservation of health can be achieved through educational procedures, thus leading to better utilization of health services or reducing the severity of health problems that place heavy demands on such services and on trained health personnel; and

WHEREAS, health education has been advocated as an important and integral part of the general education of all students by authoritative groups such as the American Medical Association, American Dental Association, the National Education Association, the American Public Health Association, the President's Commission on National Goals and the National Commission on Community Health Services; and

WHEREAS, health education is not included as a critical subject area eligible for support to strengthen programs of instruction or to provide for advanced teacher institutes;

NOW, THEREFORE,

BE IT RESOLVED by the 123rd General Assembly of the State of Delaware that the Congress of the United States be respectfully urged to amend Titles III and XI of the National Defense Education Act to include health education as an eligible critical subject area; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Congress of the United States be respectfully urged to enact a National Health Education Bill that would affirm the nation's commitment to education for health, as well as education and health; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Secretary of State be directed to transmit duly attested copies of this Resolution to the President of the United States, to the Vice President of the United States, to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, to the Chairman of the Senate and House Committees on Education, to the Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, to the United States Commissioner of Education, to the Surge-on-General of the United States, and each member of the Delaware Congressional delegation.

Approved June 28, 1966.