Health & Wellness (First Semester)


Gwenn Woods

Course Time:
This course is offered on Tuesdays.

Please note, this is a one semester / .5 credit course
that is offered only in the FIRST SEMESTER.

Course Pre-Requisites:

  • This course is open to 9th-12th grade students.



Course Text:

  • Total Health: Choices for a Winning Lifestyle
    ISBN-  9781583312254


Course Description:
We are marvelously designed by God. Our lives come from God.  
The climax of creation came on the sixth day, when God said, “Let us make man...” (Genesis 1:26)
He made us in a way that all our body systems work together in unimaginable and intricate ways.
Our soul, spirit, mind, and body are all connected and work together perfectly according to His design.

Because we are designed by God, when we live according to His principles as outlined in the Bible our lives will be fuller and we are more likely to experience a life of peace, joy and hope.  
This will create an environment that favors good health.

Improved whole-person health will better enable people to use their God-given talents to make a  difference in our world.  In this, God will be glorified and better known.

This course is an introductory course that provides a comprehensive overview of health
and wellness, and how to integrate a mind, body, and spirit approach to healthy living from a Biblical perspective.

Students will learn how to apply principles of their Christian faith that directly or indirectly affect 
their attitudes and behaviors.

The impact of lifestyle choices on aspects of personal health are discussed, including physical, mental, emotional, social, and environmental.

The course will explore topics related to nutrition, physical fitness, stress management, disease prevention, substance abuse, and healthy relationships.

The information and skills necessary for making informed and healthful decisions to promote wellness will be discussed with an emphasis on personal responsibility.

There will be an option for certification in CPR and First Aid.


Course Objectives:
By the end of the semester it is expected that students will understand the following
concepts and practices:

  • How to apply Biblical truths and principles, along with medically-sound guidelines,
    to achieve whole-person health. 

  • Provide a comprehensive definition of health and wellness.

  • Describe the impact of lifestyle choices on achieving personal health.

  • Identify key national public health initiatives and summarize their efforts.

  • Recognize opportunities for healthy behavior changes in their own lives and synthesize
    a behavior change plan in those areas.

  • Connect the dots between faith, health, and wellness.

  • Summarize basic nutrition, fitness, and weight management guidelines that promote wellness. 

  • Identify the health risks associated with unbiblical behaviors.

  • Outline the health issues of individuals throughout various life stages including childhood, adulthood, pregnancy, and the elder years. 

  • Describe the prevention methods and issues related to the most common infectious and chronic diseases in the U.S. 

  • Explain why it is crucial to be proactive in one’s own health care and itemize key
    factors to consider when making health care decisions. 

  • How to apply Biblical truths and principles, and results of medical research, to
    achieve whole-person health.








Course Class Time:  

  • This is largely a hands-on, laboratory-type class.  

  • Students will read the lessons prior to attending class.  After a brief discussion on the
    weekly lesson content, we will participate in a lab related to the concepts.

  • There will be classwork assignments that will include worksheets, discussions, group work, video film questions, reflection questions, guided questions, etc.



Course Homework Requirements:

  • Homework assignments will include health-related current events, reflection questions, worksheets, etc. along with a variety of other project-based assignments,
    depending​ on the unit.

  • There will be a final project (topic of the student’s choice), presented in class, and
    students will have the opportunity to showcase their project in the student showcase in March.

  • Plan on approximately 4-5 hours of homework per week, including reading.


  • Tests will be taken at home.


  • 40%  class projects

  • 20%  physical activity logbook

  • 20%  take home tests

  • 10%  final project

  • 10%  participation / labwork / classwork
    (Daily points will be given for coming to class on time, completing the classwork
    assignment within the first five minutes of class, actively participating in class labs,
    and overall good classroom behavior.)

Specific Requirements:

  • Internet access is required for this course.

  • A final project, with the topic being chosen by the student, will be presented in class
    with the opportunity to showcase the project in the student showcase held in March.
    The student will have the choice of doing an individual project using a trifold poster,
    power point, keynote or prezi presentation; or the option of creating a video in collaboration with up to three other students.



Course Supplies:

  • textbook

  • binder with 7 dividers

  • folder

  • pens

  • loose-leaf lined paper





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