Seventh Grade Health
Seventh grade health is comprised of four units. The first unit is dedicated to nutrition. Students learn the essential nutrients and ways to maintain a balanced and healthy diet. We discuss how the Food Guide Pyramid has been replaced by MyPlate. They learn how to read a nutrition label and the importance of knowing the ingredients that make up various food. This unit then progresses to the digestive system. Students learn how food works its way through the body and the functions of specific organs.
The second unit is the tobacco unit. Students learn various chemicals that are found in tobacco products and their harmful side effects. We discuss how smoking affects every part of the human body. They also feel what it is like to have emphysema by trying to breathe through a straw. The pupils learn how tobacco companies manipulate them into trying their products through creative marking techniques. We also discuss the dangers of e-cigarettes. The students view anti-tobacco advertisments and determine if they are an effective way to prevent teens from smoking.
Alcohol is the third unit. The students learn the short and long term effects and how it harms the body. The pupils take part in an experiment where they must wear Fatal Vision Goggles. This enables them to see how difficult it is for people to do certain tasks while they are drunk. They also participate in a minimum drinking age debate. The students defend their position on whether the legal drinking age should be eighteen or twenty-one. We once again discuss the media and how students are bombarded with alcohol advertisements daily.
Drugs are the fourth unit. The students learn the different categories of drugs. These include: stimulants, depressants, marijuana and hashish, hallucinogens, narcotics, steroids, inhalants, club drugs and prescription drugs. The pupils also learn ways to resist drugs. This involves role plays and creating a peer pressure skit.