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Health
LI.HEA.300513.0.HO
Course Length: 1 Semester
Has Textbook: Yes

From healthy lifestyles, diets, and exercise to responsibilities within individual families and larger communities, education within the health discipline is pertinent for all. Within this course, students will discover how to make the best decisions when attempting to improve their overall health. Each unit will cover topics that promote a safe, healthy, and active lifestyle. Some subjects that will be discussed throughout the course include the development of life skills; the basics of healthy, positive relationships; the necessity for stable mental health; stress management techniques; nutritional guidelines; and the value of exercise. Students will find this course to be both enjoyable and beneficial because it encompasses important topics that are applicable to their daily lives. 

Available Sept. 1, 2013





Course Objectives

Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills

  • Describe the interrelationships of emotional, intellectual, physical, and social health. 
  • Analyze how family, culture, and peers influence the health of individuals and challenge health beliefs, practices, and behaviors.
  • Demonstrate a variety of healthy practices and behaviors that will maintain or improve the health of self and others.
  • Develop a plan to attain a personal health goal that addresses strengths, needs, and risks, and implement strategies and monitor progress in achieving a personal health goal. 
  • Analyze the validity of health information, products, and services and identify ways that health messages and communication techniques can be altered for different audiences. 
  • Explain the influence of personal values and beliefs on individual health practices and behaviors. 

Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills

  • Evaluate the roles of respect for self and respect for others in maintaining good mental, emotional, and social health.
  • Assess different styles of communication and their outcomes.
  • Describe different types of relationships between peers and how peers influence healthy and unhealthy behaviors.
  • Demonstrate strategies for preventing, managing, and resolving problems in friendships in a healthy and respectful way.
  • Discuss the role of refusal skills in avoiding or reducing health risks from negative peer pressure.
  • Explain the influence of family, personal values, and beliefs on making healthy dating decisions.

Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills

  • Explain how the skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems work in order to keep a person healthy. 
  • Assess the consequences of risky behaviors on a person's body systems.
  • Evaluate the positive and negative effects your nutritional intake has on your health.
  • Explain the importance of each of the five elements of fitness.
  • Describe the role medicine plays in improving one's health. 
  • Justify when professional help may be needed in treating a person's drug addiction.

Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills

  • Explore four common communicable diseases and the treatments associated with these diseases.
  • Express the importance of healthy decision-making with your partner when sexually active.
  • Analyze how heredity and family history affect a person's risk of developing cardiovascular disease and cancer.
  • Analyze how heredity and family history affect a person's risk of developing common non-communicable diseases.
  • Critique a variety of behaviors that reduce health risks in everyday situations throughout the home and the community. 
  • Determine the value of thoughtful decision-making while responding to various first aid situations.

Course Materials

  • Glencoe Health (online textbook only)
  • Only available as an iText course