Longtime SFUSD health educator receives award

Poster that reads "Because healthy students succeed"

Christopher Pepper, a longtime San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) health educator, received the Health Education Leadership Award at the annual conference of CAHPERD (California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance) on Feb. 22.

After teaching as a high school health education for more than a decade, Christopher now works as a Health Education Content Specialist as part of a central support team at SFUSD’s School Health Programs Department.

"Although this award has my name on it, all of my work is done in collaboration with other
passionate, committed health educators,” Christopher said. “I’d like to recognize my colleagues on the Health Education team at SFUSD, all of whom deserve to share this award."

Christopher Pepper head shot
Christopher Pepper is being honored for his work in health education at SFUSD.

An outspoken advocate for health education — which is addressed at all levels in San Francisco’s K-12 public schools — Christopher coaches new teachers, writes curriculum, designs and leads professional development, and works to implement for high-quality health education.

“At SFUSD, we address health education by looking at the whole student, and apply a holistic comprehensive approach to health,” Christopher said. “Our common goal is to develop health literacy so that all students have the knowledge and skills to make healthy decisions and become effective consumers of their own health.

He helped create SFUSD’s innovative, inclusive sexuality curriculum, Be Real. Be Ready. and regularly trains teachers on how to effectively use those lessons. He also helps lead the district's Young Men’s Health Project, which brings teen boys together in small groups to discuss healthy masculinity and build positive, supportive relationships.

Founded in 1930, CAHPERD is a non-profit that supports and promotes the organizing and progress of school, community and statewide programs of health, physical education, recreation and dance.