Teens in the 21st century face many choices when it comes to their health, and health information seems to change daily. There are always new theories, discoveries, and treatments. This course enables students to gain the skills necessary to make healthy and informed decisions; critical thinking skills are emphasized. Students consider what they will need to know to live a healthy lifestyle and how they will keep these concepts close throughout their life. Students will explore a broad range of topics that are determined by the Minnesota Academic Health Areas. A limited number of behaviors contribute markedly to today’s major killers—heart disease, cancer, and injuries. These behaviors, often established during youth, place young people at significantly increased risk for serious health problems, both now and in the future. They include:
- Tobacco use
- Unhealthy dietary behaviors
- Inadequate physical activity
- Alcohol and other drug use
- Sexual behaviors that can result in HIV infection, other sexually transmitted infections, and unintended pregnancies
- Behaviors that may result in intentional injuries (violence and suicide) and unintentional injuries (motor vehicle crashes)
By using interactive Internet sites and the most current sources and information available, students will focus on health promotion and risk reduction.
Course materials: Online readings from a variety of sources.
Standards met: This course meets local standards, developed with input from the Minnesota Health and Physical Education Quality Teaching Network.
Honors Opportunity: No