Human Development

Health acquaints students with attitudes, values, and practices surrounding the topics of health and wellness. Students learn to make positive, educated decisions associated with mental, physical, social and emotional wellness. Topics include (but are not limited to) drug use and abuse, conflict resolution, nutrition, reproductive health and disease prevention. Students develop the critical thinking skills required to make educated decisions surrounding health and wellness. Health is a semester-long course required of all students. (1/2 credit)

Physical Education I introduces students to lifetime sports, recreation and games. The curriculum focuses on fitness education and motor skill development for the purpose of improved individual health and encouraging participation for a lifetime. Emphasis is placed on certain health-related fitness (HRF) areas known to have a great benefit to one’s quality of life. Activities may include golf, archery, racquet sports and volleyball. PE I is a semester-long course required of all students. (1/2 credit)

Physical Education II concentrates on fitness and being active. For lifelong fitness, it is important to find activities that you will enjoy and that will make you a healthier person. The course goal is to expose students to a wide variety of fitness activities such as aerobics, weight lifting, yoga, Pilates, medicine ball, physio-ball and calisthenics as well as active recreational activities such as mountain biking and canoeing. This introduction to activities, along with a strong knowledge base, will enable you to make individualized choices to improve your well-being based on your own strengths and weaknesses. PE II is a semester-long course required of all students. (1/2 credit)

Food and Nutrition is a semester long course focusing on essential nutrition concepts. Students will learn about macronutrients and micro-nutrients as well as investigate and evaluate traditional and current dietary concepts. Students will explore the connections between government, food production and the health status of the United States. Students will also explore the dietary traditions of other cultures. By the end of the course students will be able to make educated nutritional decisions appropriate for their personal health needs and concerns. Prerequisites: Health and PE II. (1/2 credit)

Physical Education III is semester-long elective course engages students in a variety of lifelong outdoor activities. Activities include archery, fly-fishing, fly tying, rifle range skills, canoeing, cross-country skiing /snowshoeing and cycling. In addition to gaining experience in a wide range of outdoor activities, students will also learn first-hand how to dress appropriately for different weather conditions, how to stay safe and deal with adverse conditions, and how to stay fit in any environment. Prerequisites: PE I and PE II. (1/2 credit)

Health, Physical Education Recreation is training to become an HPER assistant, which is an upper level student who completed one full credit of Physical Education. The Human Development Department faculty may allow up to two HPER students in each class (PE I, PE II, Health). These students are responsible for a variety of tasks including daily attendance, classroom setup and breakdown, fitness testing, and teaching small sections within activity units. Students are expected to model characteristics of leadership, responsibility, independence, morals, sportsmanship, and ethical behavior. Students wishing to pursue a career in teaching, or in the fields of health, wellness and/or fitness are encouraged to apply for this course. (1/2 credit)