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Welcome to Health Education!
I am one of the Physical & Health Education Specialists for Goldenview Middle School. The Goal of this class is to help students take a greater interest in their own personal Health. We achieve this by bringing out Health studies
that are meaningful
and relevant to the students at this point and time in their lives as 12-15 year old people. It is easy to bring out relevant material, however the challenge is tweaking the students to see for themselves how they benefit from this
knowledge. Teenage life is very complex and dynamic. The Foundation of our program is to improve student health by enhancing their abilities to: 1) access valid health information and services. 2) analyze the influences of their
social culture, media, and technology on their identity. 3) develop goals and create plans to acheive them. 4) communicate more effectively with family and friends. 5) strengthen their level of advocacy for themselves or others in
need of their support. 6) make good decisions that manage the values developed at home and become the kind of person they have the potential to be.
We have many units of curriculum to study and discuss. There are basically two phases to my program. In the first quarter we basically stick to modern concepts of Health and knowledge. These units involve: Understanding
Health concepts, Social & Mental Health, Personal Fitness, Nutrition, and Media Literacy. The Second Quarter gets more in depth with Diet Analysis, Physiology of the Nervous System, Substance Abuse, and we close with Human
Sexuality and Development (to include presentations from STAR Alaska, AWAIC, and the Municipality of Anchorage Reproductive Health Dept.) There will be information coming home about dates of presentations and a discussion
night for parents with the teacher regarding Sexuality curriculum. In the middle of it all I look for teachable interests that the kiddos ask questions about. Health Education has every intention to encourage students to make the right
choices in life for their own personal benefit. I have always found parents to be very supportive of the material and discussion I teach, but I want you to know that I value any concern you experience and I welcome you to bring it to
my attention. I am a parent of three children, ages 16, 18, and 20 and I very much respect the responsibility of parenthood, its virtues and challenges. Welcome to Health!
Peace and happiness always!
Eric N. Heil