Lucas Monserrat '17, Obi Nnaeto '18, and Shea Smith '18 are just three of more than two dozen college athletes using the Greig Center over their winter break to stay in shape.
The Health Education program at Pingry is designed to develop specific skills that are essential in maintaining emotional, mental, social, and physical health. Skills that are stressed include decision-making, communication, coping, and resistance. Students practice these skills as various health topics are addressed. Topics are presented factually, in the recognition that only accurate knowledge can lead to healthy decisions. Throughout Health Education courses students will demonstrate the ability to use decision-making skills, will learn to assume responsibility for their own personal health, and will recognize and avoid risk-taking behaviors. Emphasis is placed on personal responsibility to make healthy choices.
Health 6 is divided into four areas of study: 1) decision-making and character development; 2) internet safety and cyberbullying; 3) nutrition and 4) tobacco and vaping devices.
The decision-making and character development unit will introduce students to the decision-making model and some of the core values of character, including honesty, respect, citizenship, caring, responsibility and fairness.
The internet safety and cyberbullying unit will equip students with the skills and resources to treat each other respectfully when they use technology sources, and will educate students to know how to get help if they, or others they know, are being cyberbullied.
The nutrition unit will provide students with information that will help them consider appropriate food options and improve their daily food intake.
The tobacco and vaping unit will make students aware of the dangers of tobacco and vaping products. Students will learn to adopt non-smoking attitudes and behaviors which will enable them to stay tobacco and nicotine-free.
Health 7 is divided into five areas of study: 1) communicable and non-communicable diseases; 2) nutrition and eating disorders; 3) tobacco, alcohol, OTC and prescription drug use; 4) puberty and the anatomies of the male and female reproductive systems and 5) social media.
The communicable disease unit will discuss and identify the body’s defense system, pathogens, and ways to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
The nutrition unit will help students to identify the major nutrients that are needed for optimum health. The unit includes information to assist students in making intelligent consumer choices about food labeling and health foods. Food allergies and the eating disorders anorexia and bulimia are also discussed.
The alcohol, tobacco, and drug unit will focus on the social, physical, psychological, and legal aspects of drug abuse. Students will study the ways in which drugs can be both harmful and helpful.
The reproductive systems unit will explain the structures, functions, and distinctive features of the male and female anatomies and the changes that occur during puberty.
The social media unit will identify the dangers and benefits associated with social networking sites, and will familiarize students with important rules for keeping information, and themselves, safe while using social networks.
Health 8 is divided into four areas of study: 1) reproductive systems, menstruation, and pregnancy; 2) sexually transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS; 3) sexual harassment and assault; and 4) illegal drugs.
The reproductive system unit will provide a review of the reproductive organs, as well as information about pregnancy and the menstrual cycle.
The STI’s and HIV unit will cover factual information about STI’s and HIV/AIDS, as well as decision-making as it relates to the spread of STI’s.
The sexual assault unit will prepare students to identify and respond to sexual harassment, sexting, relationship abuse, and date and acquaintance rape. Consent and the role of alcohol and drugs in sexual assaults will also be discussed.
The illegal drugs unit will focus on the effects that drugs have on the brain, and the process of addiction and recovery. Synthetic drugs, the opioid crisis, and the legalization of marijuana will be covered. Students will also practice using resistance skills to avoid drug use.