Health education provides students with the skills and functional knowledge to develop lifelong wellness. Lifelong wellness is the ability to care for oneself within all dimensions of health; physical, mental/emotional, environmental, social, spiritual, intellectual, and occupational-making continuing adjustments throughout our lives. Our goal is to encourage students to recognize that their choices impact lifelong health.
Students will develop high-level comprehension and understanding in the areas of personal wellness, mental and emotional health, drugs, alcohol, and tobacco, body systems and disease, nutrition and fitness, consumer and environmental health, and human sexuality.
Course Expectations and Rationale:
The acquisition of basic health concepts and functional health knowledge provides a foundation for promoting health-enhancing behaviors among youth. Health is affected by a variety of positive and negative influences within society. Access to valid health information and health-promoting products and services is critical in the prevention, early detection, and treatment of health problems. Effective communication enhances personal, family, and community health. Decision-making skills are needed to identify, implement, and sustain health-enhancing behaviors. Goal-setting skills are essential to help students identify, adopt, and maintain healthy behaviors. Health is affected by a variety of positive and negative influences within society, and research confirms that practicing health-enhancing behaviors can contribute to a positive quality of life.