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Article 2. Definitions   

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(a) For the purposes of this chapter, "comprehensive health education programs" are defined as all educational programs offered in kindergarten and grades 1 to 12, inclusive, in the public school system, including in-class and out-of-class activities designed to ensure that:

(1) Pupils will receive instruction to aid them in making decisions in matters of personal, family, and community health, to include the following subjects:

(A) The use of health care services and products.

(B) Mental and emotional health and development.

(C) Drug use and misuse, including the misuse of tobacco and alcohol.

(D) Family health and child development, including the legal and financial aspects and responsibilities of marriage and parenthood.

(E) Oral health, vision, and hearing.

(F) Nutrition, which may include related topics such as obesity and diabetes.

(G) Exercise, rest, and posture.

(H) Diseases and disorders, including sickle cell anemia and related genetic diseases and disorders.

(I) Environmental health and safety.

(J) Community health.

(2) To the maximum extent possible, the instruction in health is structured to provide comprehensive education in health that includes all the subjects in paragraph (1).

(3) The community actively participates in the teaching of health including classroom participation by practicing professional health and safety personnel in the community.

(4) Pupils gain appreciation for the importance and value of lifelong health and the need for each individual to take responsibility for his or her own health.

(5) School districts may voluntarily provide pupils with instruction on preventative health care, including obesity and diabetes prevention through nutrition education.

(b) Health care professionals, health care service plans, health care providers, and other entities participating in a voluntary initiative with a school district may not market their services when undertaking activities related to the initiative. For purposes of this subdivision, "marketing" is defined as making a communication about a product or service that is intended to encourage recipients of the communication to purchase or use the product or service. Health care or health education information provided in a brochure or pamphlet that contains the logo or name of a health care service plan or health care organization is not considered marketing if provided in coordination with the voluntary initiative. The marketing prohibitions contained in this subdivision do not apply to outreach, application assistance, and enrollment activities relating to federal, state, or county sponsored health care insurance programs that are conducted by health care professionals, health care service plans, health care providers, and other entities if the activities are conducted in compliance with the statutory, regulatory, and programmatic guidelines applicable to those programs.

(Amended by Stats. 2003, Ch. 550, Sec. 1.)