Essential Health Skills for Middle School is the most up-to-date, skills-based text that help students make good choices regarding their health and well-being. Students learn strategies to be mentally and emotionally healthy, build healthy relationships, avoid hazardous substances, and promote physical health and safety. Content and skills align with the National Health Education Standards for grades 6, 7, and 8.
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Table of Contents
Unit 1 - Taking Charge of Your Health and Wellness
1. Understanding Your Health and Wellness 2. Developing Good Personal Hygiene 3. Getting the Sleep You Need
Unit 2 - Promoting Mental and Emotional Well-Being
4. Being Mentally and Emotionally Healthy 5. Getting Help for Mental Health Conditions
Unit 3 - Nutrition and Physical Fitness
6. Nutrition 7. Physical Fitness
Unit 4 - Understanding and Avoiding Hazardous Substances
8. Tobacco 9. Alcohol 10. Medications and Drugs
Unit 5 - Protecting Your Physical Health and Safety
11. Understanding and Preventing Diseases 12. Preventing and Responding to Accidents and Injuries 13. Protecting Environmental Health
Catherine Sanderson - specializes in health and positive psychology. She is the James E. Ostendarp Professor of Psychology at Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology, with a specialization in health and development, from Stanford University, and earned her master's and a doctoral degree in psychology from Princeton University. Dr. Sanderson's research has received grant funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. She has published over 25 journal articles and book chapters in addition to three college textbooks and a popular-press book on parenting.
Mark Zelman - specializes in biology, microbiology, and human diseases. He is an Associate Professor of Biology at Aurora University, Aurora, Illinois. Dr. Zelman received a bachelor's degree in biology at Rockford College, with minors in chemistry and psychology. He received a PhD in microbiology and immunology at Loyola University of Chicago. He has published articles on microbiology, infectious disease, autoimmune disease, and biotechnology, and he has written two college texts on human diseases and infection control.
Lindsay Armbruster - is a health teacher for K-12—with most of her experience occurring at the middle school level. As a teacher, she employs strategies influenced by the theories of skills-based health education and positive psychology. She received New York State’s AHPERD (NYSAHPERD) Health Teacher of the Year award.
Mary McCarley - is a former health and physical education teacher at Hawthorne Academy of Health Sciences in North Carolina. She believes in creating an engaging student-centered environment with a focus on real-world learning that is also based on personal interest and self-exploration. Mary received the 2016 High School Southern District Teacher of the Year for the Advancement of Health Education award.