Students in ninth-grade Life Skills take a six-week Health course that provides functional knowledge and promotes healthy behavior in five priority areas: injury prevention/CPR training and certification; alcohol, tobacco and other drugs; relationships and sexual health; nutrition and physical activity; mental and emotional health.
Health education at ‘Iolani promotes and protects student wellness. The students learn to understand concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention; to access valid health information and health-promoting products and services; to practice health-enhancing behavior and reduce health risks; to understand the ways that culture, family, peers, media, technology and other factors influence health; to use interpersonal communication to enhance health; to use decision-making and goal-setting skills to enhance health; and to advocate for personal, family, and community health.
In kindergarten through sixth grade, Health instruction addresses the physical, mental, emotional, social and moral dimensions of health. The comprehensive curriculum is skill-based. Students learn to prevent disease and avoid substances and behavior that put their health at risk. Students also receive health instruction in Science and Physical Education. Special units such as handwashing, LEAD (Leadership Education Alternative to Drugs), and ‘Iolani’s innovative Sun Safe Project provide additional opportunities for students to learn to make good choices and promote healthy behavior. Students have an opportunity to take part in health-related service learning projects in first and third grade.
In the Upper School (grades 7-12), students attend a yearly grade-level health assembly that addresses pertinent and age-appropriate health issues. All students in grades 9-12 gain certification in CPR by the American Heart Association. They are certified as freshmen, recertified as juniors, and also are trained to use the 17 AEDs on campus.