Health education in the Upper School is formally introduced as Grade 7 Guidance and Life Skills 9.
MISSION STATEMENT: “Educate students to incorporate healthy choices to live a healthy lifestyle and to improve their quality of life”
Course Goals / Objectives:
1. To promote healthy behaviors in the context of 5 priority risk / content areas
- Injury & Violence Prevention / CPR Training and Certification (American Heart Association)
- Alcohol / Tobacco / Other Drug Use
- Sexual Health
- Nutrition and Physical Activity
- Mental and Emotional Health
2. To build knowledge and skills through teaching Health Education Standards
Understand concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention
- ACCESSING INFORMATION
Access valid health information and health-promoting products and services
- SELF- MANAGEMENT
Practice health enhancing behaviors and reduce health risks
- ANALYZING INFLUENCES
Understand influences of culture, family, peers, media, technology, and other factors on health
- INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
Use interpersonal communication skills to enhance health
- DECISION-MAKING AND GOAL SETTING
Use decision-making and goal setting skills to enhance health
Advocate for personal, family, and community health
Health education at 'Iolani School provides students with functional knowledge and skills essential for them to make health-enhancing decisions. Emphasis is placed on promoting and protecting student wellness by developing decision-making and self-management skills.
In kindergarten through grade 6, health education addresses the physical, mental/emotional, social and moral dimensions of health. The comprehensive curriculum is skills-based. By using this approach, students are encouraged to practice personal and social skills necessary for improving their health, preventing disease, and reducing risky health-related behaviors.
Classes integrate lessons concerning practicing positive personal habits, avoiding risky behaviors and unhealthy substances, and promoting mental and emotional well-being. Students also receive health instruction in science and physical education. Special units such as D.A.R.E (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) and 'Iolani's innovative Sun Safe Project provide additional opportunities for students to learn to make good choices and promote healthy behaviors.