Contact Information:

Mr. Rooney (room 105) 763-504-8668  

Course Description:

Health education classes at Cooper High School are continuously improving in order to meet student’s needs and interests. Our overall goal is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to move toward optimum health.

One semester of Health Science is required for graduation and is usually taken in 10th grade. This course focuses on students’ ability to learn and improve their critical thinking, problem solving and decision making skills as they relate to health promotion and disease prevention within the 6 adolescent health priority areas identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We encourage students to take responsibility for their personal health as well as advocate for choices that enhance personal, family and community health.   

Units of Study:

1. Health Literacy (HL):  Course rationale, Risk and Wellness Behaviors, Accessing Valid Information, CDC, Goal Setting, Advocacy, Interpersonal Communication

2. Nutrition (N):  Basic Nutrients, USDA Dietary Guidelines, Evaluating Food Choices, MyPlate Guidelines, Food Labels, Healthy Food Choices

3. Mental Health (MH):  Stress Management, Depression/Suicide Awareness, Eating Disorders, Self-Esteem, Mental Illness

4. Drugs & Alcohol (DA): Risks of Drug/Alcohol use, Drug Classifications, Refusal Skills, Current Trends, Benefits of a Drug-Free Lifestyle

5. Human Sexuality (SX):  Reproductive Anatomy, Pregnancy Prevention, Relationships, Sexually Transmitted Infections, HIV/AIDS, Abstinence

Course Objectives:

  1. Students will  explain health education factual, procedural and conceptual knowledge.

  2. Students will apply health education knowledge to analyze issues and solve problems set in familiar and unfamiliar situations.

  3. Students will apply health terminology effectively to communicate understanding.

  4. Students will design, explain and justify plans to improve health.

  5. Students will collaborate and communicate effectively.

  6. Students will develop goals and apply strategies to enhance health.

  7. Students will access valid and reliable health-related information.

  8. Students will demonstrate the ability to meet deadlines, persevere, be a productive team member and use educational tools with responsibility.

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