Oyster River Middle School Health Education PP

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Oyster River Middle School Health Education Program:

Grade 7 and 8 Holly Pirtle Health Moodle Page – Log on as a guest Oyster River Middle School Health Education Program


Goals A ddresses the physical, mental, emotional and social dimensions of health. The curriculum is designed to motivate and assist students to maintain and improve their health, prevent disease, and reduce health-related risk behaviors. It allows students to develop and demonstrate increasingly sophisticated health-related knowledge, attitudes, skills, and practices.

Positive Decision Making and Responsibility:

Positive Decision Making and Responsibility This topic is a continuous thread throughout the middle school health program. Students practice decision making skills and refusal skills through responding to realistic situations that they may encounter during adolescence. Student created situations are most effective. Practice refusal skills through role playing.

Consequences of choices on ones’ overall well-being:

Consequences of choices on ones’ overall well-being Physical Social Mental Emotional Social Financial

Substance Abuse:

Substance Abuse Grade 7: Tobacco -Chemicals, consequences, addiction, secondhand smoke. Alcoho l- Dispelling myths, consequences, effects on the adolescent brain, leads to other high risk behaviors. Marijuana- Dispelling myths, consequences, effects on the brain and learning. Refusal Sk ills Benefits of being drug free Grade 8: Dangers of Binge Drinking- alcohol poisoning Marijuana -Discerning the difference between decriminalizing and legalizing marijuana, medical marijuana, THC content, other health effects. Prescription Drugs- misuse and abuse Laws- underage drinking, possession of illegal substances, drivers license, etc. Substance abuse and sexual activity Refusal Skills- examples How to help a friend

The Adolescent Brain:

The Adolescent Brain Grade 7: Label parts and learn the functions of the brain Stages of adolescent brain development Invincibility and decision-making Grade 8: Short and long term consequences of drug use on the brain Effects of drug use on learning, memory and motivation Curriculum and DVD series: Human Relations Media 1. Binge D rinking: The Facts 2. Brain Scans: Alcohol and the Teenage Brain 3. The New Marijuana: Higher Potency, Greater dangers Brain Day

Body Image and Eating Behaviors :

Body Image and E ating Behaviors Grade 7: Physical changes during adolescence that affect weight Factors that contribute to a positive and negative body image Healthy body image, body type and healthy body weight Healthy and unhealthy eating patterns Grade 8: The Perfect Body Myth Photoshop and Airbrushing Basic facts about Eating Disorders What is Recovery Guest Speaker-effects of weight-based teasing See handout


Stress Grade 7: Definitions of stressor, stress, eustress, and distress Factors that contribute to stress Identifying one’s personal stress symptoms Developing strategies to manage the stressors Grade 8: How to avoid the stress cycle Importance of organizational skills Unhealthy ways of dealing with stress Healthy ways of dealing with stress

Personal Health:

Personal Health Grade 7: Taking care of an adolescent body Healthy eating and exercise Sun protection Seeking help Resources Growth and Development-physical and emotional changes during adolescence

Personal Health:

Personal Health Grade 8 : Dispelling the myths about sexual activity Reasons why teens do and do not engage in sexual activity Benefits of abstinence and/or postponement of sexual activity during adolescence . Consequences of sexual activity on ones’ overall well-being including STI’s Healthy vs. U nhealthy relationships S etting boundaries for respect Drug use and sexual activity Refusal Skills that “fit your style.” See handout Importance of communication with a trusted adult

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