This sophomore course integrates health and physical education. It is designed to assist sophomores in making wise decisions related to their health and in developing lifelong positive attitudes and behaviors. Study will include personal health, community health, nutrition, communicable and chronic disease as well as identifying risky behavior. In addition, students will learn first aid and CPR skills. Central themes include the interrelationship among physical, social, emotional and mental health, respect for and promotion of community health, informed use of health related information and services, and the role of heredity in future health. Students will develop a personal wellness plan and learn interpersonal skills through a variety of psychomotor activities. Wellness is worth two credits, one in physical education and one in health.
Advanced Topics in Teen Health
This course will help students learn how to acquire valid information about health issues and how media, culture, family and peers influence their decisions regarding good health. Topics may include: the potential health impact of climate change, the health effects of technology use, a comparison of western and eastern medical philosophies - and much more. The course will use complex texts, class discussions and outside experts to guide students thinking around these topics. Assessments will have a common rubric but allow for choice in demonstrating student knowledge. This course meets in the fall semester and is worth one credit in health.