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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.

Form III and IV students are required to complete one trimester of Health per year.

Homework assignments, quizzes, projects, and tests are assigned in Health 9 and 10, and students receive a letter grade (A, B, C, D, F) for these two courses.

Foundations of Sports Medicine is a trimester elective course offered through the Health Education department. The course is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors, and grading is pass/fail based upon the ability to complete specific competencies. Introduction to Physical Fitness is a prerequisite for this course.

Health Courses

Health 9 (#18305)

1 trimester. 1 credit. Required of all Form III students.

The Health 9 curriculum is designed to teach students the information and skills they need to become health literate and maintain and improve health, prevent disease, and reduce health-related behaviors. The goal of the course is to help students become health literate individuals – individuals who are critical thinkers and problem solvers, responsible and productive citizens, self-directed learners, and effective communicators.

The following topics will be discussed, and students will have an opportunity to practice healthy decision-making skills and utilize resistance skills in each unit: stress management and relaxation techniques, care of the male and female reproductive systems, sexually transmitted infections, contraceptives, sexual responsibility, sexual identity and orientation, the consequences of binge drinking, drug and alcohol laws, and current trends in prescription, legal, and illegal drug use.

Health 9 is letter graded A, B, C, D, and F.

Health 10 (#18404)

1 trimester. 1 credit. Required of all Form IV students.

The American Heart Association’s Basic Life Support and First Aid courses are the main topics of study for Form IV Health students.

The Basic Life Support course teaches the techniques of CPR and the use of an AED (automated external defibrillator). Students also learn to use barrier devices in CPR and give first aid for a choking victim. The course teaches how to recognize the signs of four major emergencies: heart attack, stroke, cardiac arrest, and foreign body airway obstruction.

The First Aid course teaches students to effectively recognize and treat emergencies in the critical first minutes until emergency medical services personnel arrive. Topics covered include controlling bleeding, shock, diabetic emergencies, heat and cold related emergencies, seizures, stroke, and poisoning.

Upon successful completion of both courses, students will receive certification cards from the American Heart Association.

In addition, students will complete an anatomy unit, which reviews information about the function of the lungs, heart, and brain, and risk factors related to heart disease and stroke. Organ and tissue donation, drinking games, and the dangers of distracted driving will also be discussed.

Health 10 is letter graded A, B, C, D, and F.

Foundations of Sports Medicine (#00003)

1 trimester. 1 credit. Forms IV-VI.

Foundations of Sports Medicine is an elective, trimester course designed to educate students on the topics of Sports Medicine and Athletic Training with the main focus on common injuries, injury prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and emergency injury management. The course will build upon the previously learned concepts from Introduction to Physical Fitness such as training, conditioning, and nutrition, with intent to help students gain an understanding of sports medicine, various associated disciplines, and the roles they play in the physically active community. It also serves as a source of information for those wanting to learn more about how to physically prevent and take care of their own injuries, regardless of an interest in a healthcare profession (e.g. high school athletes, college-bound athletes, performance artists, and future “weekend warriors”). The course is offered with both a classroom and hands-on lab component to provide an avenue through which to explore various topics.

Introduction to Physical Fitness is a prerequisite for this course. Foundations of Sports Medicine is offered as a Physical Education alternative, and students will receive a pass/fail grade based on the ability to complete specific competencies. The course is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors and is graded pass/fail.