Contemporary Health is a course that focuses upon issues of health related to the young adult. Its aim is to give participants the knowledge needed to make well-founded decisions regarding health; to help them to get healthy and stay healthy.
It is well established that our major health problems continue to be self-inflicted; chronic and degenerative diseases, pollution, stress, and misuse of drugs all indicate that lifestyle factors are implicated in promoting health and preventing disease. The most important source capable of producing the greatest impact on health is the individual himself.
The course is organized in such a way as to first introduce the student to factual information about the body, health, and disease in an effort to help him/her to recognize the value of attaining and maintaining good health. Exercises that encourage examination of the student's own behaviors, attitudes, and values as related to this factual information will be utilized throughout the course. Recognizing that good health is not a matter of good luck, an individual's health will ultimately depend on individual behavior and wise health decisions rather than expensive medical care. It is hoped that, based on the concepts and activities presented in this course, the student can make well founded decisions regarding his/her own health, and form the kind of value judgments that will promote a rich and full life.
The main focus of Contemporary Health I is on issues of Teen Sexuality. We will review basic male and female reproductive anatomy, conception, pregnancy, contraception, and sexually transmitted infectious diseases including HIV/AIDS. Other related topics will be discussed as time allows.Decision-making and problem solving skills related to sexuality will be integrated throughout the course.