Health & Wellness Education

The Health and Wellness education program is designed to meet both the standards of the Massachusetts Health Curriculum Frameworks as well as the National Health standards. The Health education program contributes to the ability of students to work in a positive manner with families, school staff, peers, and community members to enhance personal wellness.  In addition, our goal is to create a safe and supportive environment where individual similarities and differences are acknowledged.

Health and Wellness courses reflect aspects of physical, social, emotional, mental, environmental, occupational, and spiritual well-being. The Wellness department gives students an opportunity to understand that all components of Wellness are interconnected and of equal importance.  The Wellness staff takes a proactive approach to increase students’ knowledge of health concepts, life management skills, and habits that can facilitate lifelong wellness.

 

Grade 9 Health and Wellness

 

Practicing Healthy Habits and Achieving Overall Wellness

Students will identify life-management skills and protective factors that contribute to achieving personal wellness health goals, including researching, evaluating, and implementing strategies to manage personal wellness, set goals, monitor progress, and revise plans.

Essential Questions

  • What are the components of wellness?
  • What factors contribute to achieving overall wellness?
  • Why is setting goals important?

Effective Communication and Decision Making

  • Discuss ways to speak and listen effectively.
  • Discuss steps in the decision making process.
  • Understand that every teenager can make their own decisions about their health.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to use interpersonal communication skills to enhance health.

Essential Questions

  • What does effective communication look like?
  • Why is effective communication important?
  • What are the essential steps to making good decisions?

How to be a Health Conscious Consumer

  • Students will analyze the influence of culture, media, technology, and other factors on health.
  • Explain criteria for making consumer decisions about various kinds of products.
  • Review the positive and negative influences of the media that impact our health.
  • Describe the individual’s responsibility to be a wise and informed consumer.

Essential Questions

  • How do I know if health information, products, and services are valid?
  • How do media messages impact our health?
  • How does the media use hidden messages in advertising to influence the public?

Alcohol

  • Describe the harmful effects of alcohol on pregnant women and their unborn children.
  • Explain the consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol including the effects on passengers when the driver is impaired.
  • Explain the physical, financial, social, and psychological cost of addiction.
  • Demonstrate the ability to make informed decisions regarding the use of alcohol.
  • Demonstrate skills for refusal, negotiation, and collaboration to avoid potentially harmful situations in personal, work, and community relationships.

Essential Questions

  • How do I make informed and healthy decisions regarding alcohol?
  • What are the long and short term effects of alcohol?
  • What are the possible consequences of alcohol consumption?

Tobacco

  • Explain the physical, financial, social, and psychological cost of tobacco addiction.
  • Demonstrate the ability to make informed decisions regarding the use of tobacco.
  • Describe the influence of tobacco use on family members.
  • Apply promotion skills to encourage healthy behaviors.
  • Demonstrate skills for refusal, negotiation, and collaboration to avoid potentially harmful situations in personal, work, and community relationships.

Essential Questions

  • What are the short and long term effects of tobacco?
  • What are the physical and emotional costs of tobacco addiction?
  • What are the harmful chemicals found in tobacco products?
  • What are the stages of tobacco addiction?
  • What are effective methods to quit using tobacco?

Illegal Drugs

  • Describe the relationship between multi-drug use and the increased negative effects on the body, including the stages of addiction, and overdose.
  • Describe the harmful effects of drugs on pregnant women.
  • Explain the consequences of driving under the influence of drugs, including the effects on passengers when the driver is impaired.
  • Explain the physical, financial, social, and psychological cost of addiction.
  • Demonstrate the ability to make informed decisions regarding the use of drugs.
  • Describe the influence of drug abuse on family members.
  • Demonstrate skills for refusal, negotiation, and collaboration to avoid potentially harmful situations.

Essential Questions

  • What are the harmful effects of illegal drugs?
  • What are the consequences of illegal drug use?
  • What are the different drug classifications?
  • What are sources of help and support for people with an illegal drug problem?

Mental Health

  • Identify life-management skills and protective factors that contribute to achieving personal wellness health goals, including researching, evaluating, and implementing strategies to manage personal wellness, monitor progress, and revise plans.
  • Analyze healthy ways to express emotions and to cope with feelings, including the common causes of stress, its effects on the body, and managing stress.
  • Identify the factors that help people deal with grief.
  • Analyze research on health behaviors and brain chemistry and emotional functioning.
  • Describe the signs of destructive behavior, and identify intervention strategies and kinds of professional intervention.
  • Identify common mental health disorders (for example, anxiety, schizophrenia, and mood, including depression and bipolar) and treatments (for example, psychological, biomedical).
  • Explain positive techniques for handling difficult decisions.

Essential Questions

  • What factors contribute to one’s mental and emotional health?
  • How does one’s mental health effect their physical, social, and emotional well-being?
  • What are healthy coping techniques?
  • What are the signs and symptoms of having a mental health disorder?
  • What are sources of help and support for mental disorders?

Suicide Prevention

  • Identify intervention strategies and kinds of professional intervention.
  • Identify common mental health disorders (for example, anxiety, schizophrenia, and mood, including depression and bipolar) and treatments (for example, psychological, biomedical).
  • Identify sources of help and support

Essential Questions

  • What are signs of destructive behavior?
  • What are common mental health disorders?
  • What is empathy?
  • What are healthy coping mechanisms for depression?
  • How are teenagers affected by suicide?
  • What are resources of help and support?

Sexual Decision Making

  • Explain the benefits of abstinence, postponing sexual behavior, and setting limits on sexual behavior.
  • Describe short and long term consequences of sexuality related risk behaviors and identify barriers and supports for making health enhancing decisions.
  • Describe behaviors and methods for pregnancy prevention, including abstinence.
  • Discuss stereotypes that exist about young men and women.

Essential Questions

  • What is sex?
  • What are the benefits of abstinence?
  • What are the risks involved with sexual activity?
  • What are the long and short term effects of sexual activity?
  • How does one make informed decisions about sexual activity?

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