Healthful Living is required for all 8th 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. 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 eighth grade, students will identify how media and peer pressure influence health behaviors, identify positive ways
to manage stress, explain how to gain, reduce or maintain weight in a healthy manner, demonstrate skills and strategies
for remaining abstinent from sexual intercourse, and demonstrate good communication skills for healthy
relationships. Students will demonstrate basic CPR skills, understand the special risks associated with alcohol and
other drugs, understand the negative impact (emotional, social, and physical) of using harmful and illegal drugs, and
assist others to seek help for risky behaviors. Students will explain the principles of cardiovascular and strength
conditioning, develop a personal fitness program, establish personal fitness goals and monitor their progress,
participate in regular physical activity both in school and during non-school hours, display advanced sport movements
through the engagement in dual, team, and lifetime sports. Students will work cooperatively to follow rules and
exhibit safe practices while achieving individual and group fitness-related goals through fair play and sportsmanship.
CPR instruction is presented as part of the 8th grade Health curriculum. Beginning with the graduating class of 2015
(current 8th graders and beyond), successful completion of CPR instruction is a high school graduation requirement for
all North Carolina students. Successful completion is defined in the Essential Standards Curriculum as
“demonstrating basic CPR techniques and procedures on a mannequin and passing a Red Cross or American Heart
Association approved test of CPR skills.” Students who successfully complete CPR in 8th grade are considered to have
met the requirement.
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