What is Health Education?:"Health education is a social science that draws from the biological, environmental, psychological, physical and medical sciences to promote health and prevent disease, disability and premature death through education-driven voluntary behavior change activities. This is achieved through the development of individual, group, institutional, community and systemic strategies to improve health knowledge, attitudes, skills and behavior." (http://www.cnheo.org/)
Why is Health Education Important?:Health Education provides young people with the knowledge and skills they need to become successful learners and healthy productive adults. Within Health at AMS many different topics are covered to combat and reduce many of the health issues faced by young adults and many of the health issued faced by the entire nation today. Some of these issues include:The Obesity EpidemicSafety and InjuryFitness/NutritionSubstance Abuse and AdherenceDisease PreventionStress PreventionSocial and Conflict ResolutionThrough health education students are given the tools, as well as the guidance on how to use those tools, to intrinsically implement decisions towards a long healthy life and overall high academic success.Course Overview:Students in this course at AMS will cover units that specifically meet the set AMS curriculum and state standards for health education. Students will experience and implement these units towards real world application through projects, hands on experiments, written reactions, goal setting, fitness logs, physical movement and much more. The aim of this class is for students to be able to make positive changes in behavior that lower risks around:
- Alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs
- Injury prevention
- Mental and emotional health
- Physical activity
- Prevention of diseases
- Sexuality and family life
Health education has been proven to promote learning in other subjects as well! Many studies show that general academic scores of students who received comprehensive health education are significantly higher than those students who received no health education. Overall, healthy students learn better by having higher attendance, better focus and concentration in school, and the confidence to perform better on academic tests.4th and 5th Grade Grading:Students are graded as follows:-Participation "Ticket in the Door/Ticket out the door" (2 Points): Coming prepared everyday to class by completing both the ticket in the door and ticket out the door (this is done to get students started on thinking about the lesson of the day and concluding thoughts when the lesson is done), being involved in classroom discussion, cooperation with other students, asking questions and participating in the daily lesson activities-Cognitive (Projects/Tests) (24 points): Students have an understanding of proper health etiquette and terms, procedures towards prevention or termination, and how this applies towards overall health throughout life.LDW:-Participation: Coming prepared everyday to class by being involved in classroom discussion, cooperation with other students, asking questions and participating in the daily lesson activities-Application: Students complete the assignments, classwork or activities done in class to the best of their abilities with the content taught within the lessons.-Cognitive: Students have an understanding of proper health etiquette and terms, procedures towards prevention or termination, and how this applies towards overall health throughout life.
Students will have supplies they would use in their assigned classrooms. No extra supplies are needed.