Health & Wellness

Health and Wellness course of study focuses on essential knowledge and skills students need to know and be able to do in order to practice healthy behaviors. 
This course tackles adolescent behaviors that have the greatest impact on current and future morbidity (sickness and injury) and mortality.  Health & Wellness focus on seven major units, also highly recommended by the CDC, BIE & MDE.

These areas/units include

  • Sexual Abstinence;
  • HIV, STI & Teen Pregnancy prevention;
  • Improving Health Behaviors;
  • Nutrition & Physical Activity;
  • Tobacco, Alcohol & Other drug prevention (Safe & Drug free schools & communities);
  • Emotional & Mental health;
  • Violence & Injury prevention.


Middle school students study Life skills course



Snapshot on Minnesota Youth:

2016 Minnesota Student Survey Whole Child Report

Research shows that young people who are healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged in school are better learners. As Minnesota’s schools work to prepare students who are career and college ready and equipped to lead the state’s workforce, Minnesota Student Survey (MSS) data can help schools provide safe, stable and nurturing learning environments.

The MSS is the primary source of comprehensive data on youth at the state, county and local levels in Minnesota and is the only consistent source of statewide data on the health and well-being of youth from smaller population groups, such as racial or ethnic groups. The survey includes questions on school climate, bullying, out-of-school activities, healthy eating, emotional health, substance use and many other topics. It provides valuable information about issues vital to the health, safety and academic success of young people.

  This report organizes 2016 MSS data by four of the five indicators of ‘Whole Child’ well-being identified:-

Healthy: Physical and emotional health are fundamental to students’ overall well-being.

Safe: Students need to feel safe in order to learn and thrive.

Engaged: Engaged students have higher academic outcomes.

Supported: Supportive school environments and caring relationships can foster student motivation and engagement.

Each section of this report includes two summary statistics related to the indicator, grade-level results for individual questions, key findings, rationale to support the indicator’s importance; & high-level perspective on each indicator.

Click to go to MSS Whole Child data for Minnesota schools.
Find Bugonaygeshig MSS data under Health & Wellness.

Questions and comments related to the Minnesota Student Survey can be directed to the Minnesota Department of Education at 

About the Minnesota Student Survey

The Minnesota Departments of Education, Health, Human Services and Public Safety collaborate to administer the Minnesota Student Survey (MSS) every three years to students in grades five, eight, nine and eleven in regular public schools, charter schools and tribal schools.

All school districts are invited to participate in the survey. In 2016, 85.5 percent of Minnesota’s school districts participated. Nearly 169,000 students participated in the survey.