The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, 2013) has described 4 essential qualities and 15 characteristics of an effective health education program, including the need for an evidence base and a basis in sound educational theory. Health for Life (McConnell, Corbin, Corbin, & Farrar, 2014) and its accompanying instructional materials conform to those qualities and characteristics set forth by the CDC.
A foundation in domain-specific educational standards is also essential for high-quality programs. Health for Life (McConnell, Corbin, Corbin, & Farrar, 2014) is based on current standards for Health Education (SHAPE America, 2007). In addition Health for Life meets standards for physical education and fitness education for specific topics such as physical activity and fitness, nutrition, stress management, and consumerism (SHAPE America: Physical Education, 2014; SHAPE America: Fitness Education Framework, 2012). Healthy People 2020 health goals for the nation (USDHHS, 2010) and Career and College Readiness Standards (CCSSI, 2015) also provided guidance in content selection. Finally, Health for Life was prepared using a formula that has been successful for several award-winning theory-driven evidence-based programs.