New Jersey Department of Education

Comprehensive Health and Physical Education

Successful preparation of students for the opportunities, rigors and advances of the 21st Century cannot be accomplished without a strong and sustained emphasis on the health and wellness of all students. Today’s students are continually bombarded with physical, mental and social influences that affect not only learning in school, but also lifelong health. To that end, the New Jersey Student Learning Standards — Comprehensive Health and Physical Education (NJSLS-CHPE) were revised to address the need for students to gain knowledge and skills in caring for themselves, interact effectively with others, and analyze the impact of choices and consequences.

2020 New Jersey Student Learning Standards for
Comprehensive Health & Physical Education

Intent and Spirit

The NJSLS-CHPE highlights the expectation that all students participate in a high-quality, K–12 sequential health and physical education program that emphasizes 21st Century skills and interdisciplinary connections to empower students to live a healthy active lifestyle. The standards provide a blueprint for curriculum development, instruction, and assessment, and reflect the latest research for effective health and physical education programs. The primary focus of the standards consists of the development of concepts and skills that promote and influence healthy behaviors.


All students will acquire the knowledge and skills of what is most essential to become individuals who possess health and physical literacy and pursue a life of wellness. They develop the habits necessary to live healthy, productive lives that positively impact their families, schools and communities.


A quality comprehensive health and physical education program fosters a population that:

  • Maintains mental health awareness and relies on social/emotional support systems;
  • Engages in a physically active lifestyle;
  • Maintains awareness of health and wellness and how to access resources;
  • Recognizes the influence of media, peers, technology, and cultural norms in making informed health-related decisions as a consumer of health products and wellness services;
  • Practices effective cross-cultural communication and conflict resolution skills;
  • Builds and maintains healthy relationships;
  • Accepts and respects individual and cultural differences; and
  • Advocates for personal, family, community, and global wellness and is aware of local, national and global public health and climate change.

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Page Last Updated: 04/11/2024

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