ParishVirtual Health - Detailed Syllabus

    Parish Virtual - Health


    1. Introduction:

    • What is healthful Living?
    • How do media, popular culture, and family influences affect normative beliefs and attitudes on health and well-being? 
    • How do decision making communication and goal setting skills impact positive health outcomes?
      • The benefits of early detection.  Health screenings, check-ups, and self-examination
      • Developing good habits to reduce factors that contribute to chronic disease.
      • What are the potential health and social consequences of popular fads or trends (body piercing and tattooing)
      • What are good practices to reduce infectious disease transmission? including frequent hand washing, vaccinations, avoidance of direct contact with another person or living things. 
    • What resources are available?


    2. Mental Health:Stress, Anxiety and Depression

    • What is Normal Anyway?
    • Stress – causes, consequences, treatment
    • Anxiety – causes, symptoms, treatment
    • Depression – causes, symptoms, treatment
    • Eating Disorders
    • Other mental illnesses


    3. Exercise andFitness

    • Why?
      • What are the primary benefits of exercise?
    • What?
      • Components of Fitness
    • How? 
      • Safety techniques
      • Evaluate specific exercise routines
      • Effects of hydration
      • Effects of climate
      • Personal Weight management plan
    • Goal specific vs general health
    • Resources in the community


    4. Nutrition

    • What constitutes good nutrition?
      • Balance and number of servings
      • Healthy beverage vs. unhealthy beverages
      • Vitamins and supplements or they necessary? (ex: Folic Acid)
      • Vegetarian diet and practices
    • What are the consequences of a poor diet?
    • Dieting
      • How do I eat to lose weight? 
      • How do I eat to gain good weight?
      • Do fad diets work?
      • Evaluate diet plans
    • Meeting specific dietary needs;  training, pregnancy, food allergies, and diabetes

    5. HealthyRelationships

    The realities of sex:

    • It is ubiquitous but what do you really know?
      • How do the media misrepresent sex?
    • The Biology of Sex

      • It is a normal biologic drive and desire
      • Do you know your anatomy?
      • Do you know where babies come from?
      • Do you really know everything?
      • Sex has real Consequences
        • Pregnancy and Birth Control
        • STD's and protecting yourself
    • The Psychology of Sex
        • It is intimate and requires an emotional maturity
        • How do you know you are ready?
        • Handling Peer Pressure
    • The principles of healthy dating
      • How do power and control undermine healthy relationships
      • What does Healthy Dating Look like?
      • What is date rape (acquaintance rape)?




     6. Substance Use: Drugs and Alcohol

    • The reality about drugs: They are ubiquitous
    • General classification of drugs
    • Effects of specific drugs (Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana, Steroids, and ???)
    • Impact of drugs and alcohol on society
      • How do media portray drug use?
      • Why do people use illicit drugs?
      • Economic and Health Impact of Smoking
      • What are the dangers of misuse of prescription drugs?
      • Binge drinking
      • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome