Healthful Living is required for all 6th grade students and includes health education and physical education. These two
courses complement each other as students learn how to be healthy and physically active for a lifetime. Because our
health and physical fitness needs are so different from a generation ago, the nature of healthful living is changing.
Poor health choices (i.e., use of alcohol and other drugs, poor nutrition, and physical inactivity) now account for more
than 50% of the preventable deaths in the United States.
Through a quality healthful living education program, students will learn the importance of health and physical activity
and develop skills to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle creating a heightened quality of life. Students will learn
how to apply the concepts of proper exercise in their daily lives, discover ways to handle stress, avoid harmful and
illegal drugs, learn about the relationship between nutrition and weight management, develop healthy interpersonal
relationships (including conflict resolution skills), develop teamwork and character-building skills, and learn how to
achieve positive health and fitness goals.
In sixth grade, students will learn a variety of communication techniques that will allow them to employ critical
thinking skills to make positive health decisions. Students will appraise their own health and fitness status, understand
sound nutrition principles and develop sensible exercise practices. This knowledge will be applied as they
demonstrate the ability to set, pursue and achieve personal health and fitness goals. Students will engage in physical
activities that provide opportunities for rhythmic/dance movement, lead-up games enhancing basic sport skills,
offensive and defensive game strategies, game rules/etiquette, problem solving, fair play, and sportsmanship.
Because of the nature of health education, discussion may include sensitive topics. By contacting the school principal,
parents may request in writing that their child be excluded from certain health topics owing to personal/religious