Health & Fitness is a one-semester course with a focus on mastery of health concepts and participation in a variety of activities that lead to a lifelong healthy lifestyle. Within the six period cycle, four periods are devoted to classroom instruction about Health-related topics and two periods engage students in physical education.
Health & Fitness emphasizes the integration of health education and physical education; the subjects of health and physical education are combined into one course that meets daily with the same teacher. The purpose of this format is to reinforce the information learned in the classroom setting with activities experienced in the physical education environment.
This course provides an opportunity for students to improve their fitness level and to experience how fitness concepts can support healthful living. The aim of the curriculum is to provide students with planned and balanced programming to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes for physically active and healthy lifestyles.
Curricular topics or units of study are arranged and sequenced to coincide with one another. Similar ideas are taught in concert, and overlapping concepts or ideas emerge as organizing elements. For balanced programming in physical education, a variety of activities ranging from non-competitive to highly competitive, across a variety of categories are provided. For balanced programming in health education, healthy decision-making is emphasized in relation to nutrition, stress, drugs, and alcohol, and family life.