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Health Course Information Sheets

2019-20: Health

Health is a state of well-being. Wellness is a process of becoming more mindful of the choices we make & behaviors we engage in. Health & Wellness will cover essential health topics & contemporary health issues affecting teens, including all of the required health education content & standards. Topics include personal & community health, mental, emotional & social health, nutrition & physical activity, alcohol, tobacco, & other drugs, injury prevention & safety, & growth, development, & sexual health. This course is designed to support students in developing health literacy and positive health attitudes, promoting health enhancing behaviors, & practicing necessary skills, such as analyzing influences, accessing valid information, interpersonal communication, decision making, goal setting, & stress management. Students will work through an effective wellness process in each of the content areas, including personal analysis of health influences & choices, identifying root causes of risky & healthy behaviors, & applying health enhancing skills. We will cover additional social & emotional topics, such as the science of well-being or positive psychology, neurological development, mindfulness, focus, happiness, optimism, resilience, flow, motivation, effective goal setting, perfectionism, failure, creativity, & empathetic communication. The overall goal of this course is to help students develop knowledge, attitudes, & skills to live a healthier, happier, more mindful & meaningful life.