RMS Health Education
Course Description: Health education provides students with knowledge and skills needed to be healthy throughout their lifetime. The intent of a complete and comprehensive health education program is to motivate students to maintain and improve their health, as well as prevent disease, avoid or reduce health related risk behaviors, and build relationships of quality that reinforce caring and trust.The 7th grade health education course is designed to explore the core of the middle school health education program, that will be built upon further in the 8th grade health education course. Areas of emphasis in the 7th grade health education course include the decision making models, respiratory emergencies and bone and joint injuries, alcohol, STD's/STI's, and eating disorders and meal portion size.The 8th grade health education course is also designed to conclude aspects of the middle school health education program, while setting the stage for further exploration in the high school health education program. Areas of emphasis in the 8th grade health education course include effective communication and refusal skills, illegal drugs, HIV/AIDS, nutrition and disease prevention, and dating and relationships.
Units of Study:
As an optional part of the Ridley Middle School health education curriculum, students may participate in some learning activities developed by the Botvin LifeSkills Training Program. Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) is a research-validated substance abuse prevention program proven to reduce the risks of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse, and violence by targeting the major social and psychological factors that promote the initiation of substance use and other risky behaviors. This comprehensive and exciting program provides adolescents and young teens with the confidence and skills necessary to successfully handle challenging situations.
- 1. Decision Making
- 2. Injury Prevention and Safety
- 3. Substances: Alcohol (7th Grade)/Drugs (8th Grade)
- 4. Wellness and Fitness
- 5. Disease Prevention
- 6. Nutrition
- 7. Environmental Health
Developed by Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin, a leading prevention expert, Botvin LifeSkills Training is backed by over 30 scientific studies and is recognized as a Model or Exemplary program by an array of government agencies including the U.S. Department of Education and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.Rather than merely teaching information about the dangers of drug abuse, Botvin LifeSkills Training promotes healthy alternatives to risky behavior through activities designed to:
Teach students the necessary skills to resist social (peer) pressures to smoke, drink, and use drugs Help students to develop greater self-esteem and self-confidence Enable students to effectively cope with anxiety Increase their knowledge of the immediate consequences of substance abuse Enhance cognitive and behavioral competency to reduce and prevent a variety of health risk behaviors