Course Overview

Students who successfully complete this course will receive the one-half health credit required for graduation by New York state. By the end of the course, students will have an understanding of today’s health concepts and how they relate to the students’ immediate and future needs. Students will become knowledgeable in health-related topics so they may achieve maximum physical, mental and social well-being.

Required Texts

Textbooks are not assigned to students; they are only used as resources when needed.

Required Supplies

Students must bring a one-subject notebook and a writing instrument to each class.

Course Format and Procedures

The course consists of brief lectures and discussion of various content topics. Students participate in group learning projects that involve reporting out to the class.

Grading Procedures

An outline and work packet is provided for each unit. Students must hand in their work packets the day of the unit tests. Tests are given at the end of each unit. Test scores count as double grades. Students will complete and turn in worksheets before each test is administered. Each worksheet grade counts as a single grade.

Course Outline

  • Dimensions of health (wellness as a way of life)
  • Stress and your body (emotional and mental health)
  • Nutrition and physical activity
  • Substance use and abuse (addiction)
  • Alcohol (underage drinking)
  • Chronic diseases
  • Human sexuality