• Health

    Health is a semester course required for all 8th grade students.  It is designed to help students make independent, informed decisions concerning physical, mental/emotional and social well-being. 

    My goal is to make this class interesting, educational and most importantly a benefit to you.  My expectation is that this class will help increase overall awareness of yourself and the environment in which you live so you can make good choices about life’s challenges today and in the future. Students will learn what a healthy lifestyle is and how to make positive decisions which affect your health. 

    Unit 1: Mental, Emotional & Social Health

    Mental, emotional and social wellbeing is a foundation for building good health and includes a sense of security, identity, belonging, purpose and competence in order to strive toward a healthy and productive life. Knowledge and skills include emotional intelligence, suicide prevention, stress management, communication skills, conflict resolution, and mental illness.

    Unit 2: Environmental Health

    Individuals need an awareness of the impact of environmental issues and hazards on personal health. Environmental health includes precautions and behaviors to safeguard personal health and practices that reverse or slow down environmental pollution and related problems.

    Unit 3: Nutrition & Physical Activity

    Youth are best ready to learn and achieve their fullest potential when they are well nourished and physically active. Nutrition and physical activity education increases knowledge and skills to make healthy food choices and to engage in lifelong physical activity which will promote health and preventable diseases.

    This includes connections to physical, mental, emotional and social health; energy level; self-image; and physical fitness. 

    Unit 4: Consumer & Community Health

    Consumers need to understand how health care services are provided as well as how individuals can take an active role in determining the use of health related services and products.  Community health may include recognizing and accessing valid and appropriate health information, education, services, and products.

    Unit 5: Growth, Development & Family Life

    A healthy family unit is vital to the well-being and successful development of adolescence. Family living includes healthy relationships and sexuality, encouragement of abstinence from sexual activity, sexually transmitted diseases including HIV. 

    *Note – As a P1 class, students have the availability to opt-out of the Human Sexuality presentation and/or Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s) and HIV/AIDS.  8th Grade Opt Out Forms have been (or will be) sent home with your student from class before the topics arise during classroom discussion.  You may also find the Opt Out Forms on the West Ada School District Website, under Curriculum, 8th Grade, Health. 

    Unit 6: Prevention & Control of Disease

    Individuals have a considerable measure of control over their own health and the risk of contracting most illnesses. Health-related choices and decisions regarding prevention of communicable and non-communicable diseases, include recognizing risk factors, identifying methods of contraction and transmission, as well as the prevention and treatment of disease.  Information and discussion of sexually transmitted diseases, HIV and AIDS are important components of this content area.

    *Note – As a P1 class, students have the availability to opt-out of the Human Sexuality presentation and/or Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s) and HIV/AIDS.  8th Grade Opt Out Forms have been (or will be) sent home with your student from class before the topics arise during classroom discussion.  You may also find the Opt Out Forms on the West Ada School District Website, under Curriculum, 8th Grade, Health. 

    Unit 7: Injury Prevention & Safety

    Unintentional and intentional injuries rank among the greatest threats to the health of young. Knowledge about prevention through safe living habits, healthy decisions, violence prevention, emergency response, and an understanding of the consequences of ones decisions will help to prevent injuries.

    *Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs

    The use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, has major implications in the lifelong health of individuals. This includes the effects, influences, prevention, and treatment of the use of alcohol, tobacco products, and other types of drugs on the body. 

    *3-4 days will be spent reviewing substance abuse information that students learned in 7th grade Life Skills, if time permits.