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Comprehensive Health Education in Grade 8

Comprehensive health education is taught for a term of 9-weeks during Grade 8. Knowledge, concepts, skills, and strategies essential to making healthful decisions are presented promoting lifelong health and well-being. Certified Health Education teachers implement a variety of learning activities to promote and practice wellness skills and health literacy. The development of lifelong positive health-related attitudes and behaviors are emphasized to promote self-reliance and self-regulation.

Key Concepts

  • Mental and emotional health— recongizing the warning signs of depression and preventing suicide.
  • Alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs—accessing information about tobacco and marijuana; accessing information about addiction, and community treatement resources.
  • Personal and consumer health—accessing information about the identification of food borne illnesses, preventing the spread of food borne illnesses.
  • Family life and human sexuality—decision making about appropriate use of social media; sexual behaviors and limits, decision making and contraception; teen pregnancy and parenting; accessing information about maternal changes occuring during pregnancy.
  • Safety and injury prevention—using decision making and interpersonal communication skills to use technology responsibly.
  • Nutrition and fitness—analyzing influences on body image; managing weight; accessing information about eating disorders.

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