A blackboard stood in the middle of New York City asking passersby to write down their biggest regrets. At first, each regret seemed different and unique. After all, everyone has a different story. But as the board filled up, we noticed that all of these responses had one alarming thing in common.

Watch the video to see the surprising reveal.

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High School Health Curriculum 9-12: Newly Enhanced/Revised Full-Semester Program

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I am so excited to launch this enhanced and revised, BRAND NEW version of TPT’s #1 best-selling Health Curriculum!

Here is what sets this curriculum apart from others:

• Will this program be easy to teach? Yes! It’s not just a unit outline. Over 800 pages of highly organized step-by-step teacher directions follow 1800 daily PowerPoints, and the directions tell you exactly to say!!

• Will the program meet standards? Yes, this program meets ALL 20 Common Core Standards,  ALL 46 National Health Standard indicators, and ALL my Washington State Health Standards.

The curriculum also meets ALL of the New York Department of Education Commencement Health Standards, AND ALL of Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) Health 1, (with the exception of 4 easy-to-add topics of the 68 TEKS) so it’s very likely to meet YOUR state’s Health Education standards as well!

See how my curriculum meets other state standards:

Editable Word Version:  Health Ed Today NY Commencement Standards

PDF Version: Health Ed Today NY Commencement Standards

Editable Word Version: TEKS

PDF Version: TEKS

 

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How to Help Your Students “Talk the Talk” and “Walk the Walk”:                                                      Combining Knowledge, Motivation, and Behavior for a Healthy Life!

By: Karol Steele, on Feb. 1, 2016

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Have you noticed how many young actors today are super fit and strong-both mentally and physically? Take the latest “Star Wars” movie. Could you have walked up all those stairs? (My husband said he would have parked the Millennium Falcon spacecraft at the top of the mountain!)

So many kids admire Katniss from “Hunger Games,” not only for her physical strength, but also for her bravery, her kindness, and her impressive confidence and determination.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could look back and say that you’ve had a consistantly healthy lifestyle since you were a teenager; or that you’ve been as healthy mentally and physically as a Jedi Knight since the age of twelve?

My passion in education is to help elementary and secondary students learn the skills, and embrace the motivation, to be healthy for life.

But, being “healthy” takes a unique combination of knowing health facts, and then actually incorporating those facts into behaviors that shape your lifestyle.

For instance, a teen might learn how many hours of sleep he/she should get each night (it’s 9.25), but that head knowledge has little benefit unless the teen actually changes their behavior and tries to get those 9.25 hours of sleep!

Likewise, as adults we may know the benefits of exercise, but that doesn’t help us if we are sitting in front of the T.V. with a bag of chips!

I’ve created a free resouce to help you teach your students how to:

1) TALK THE TALK: Learn how to be healthy (Get the knowledge).

2) TALK THE WALK: Encourage yourself to take the walk (GetMotivated!)

3) WALK THE WALK: (Take the first steps and do it!)

I’m was so excited to be asked to write this blog and I thought right away that I wanted to give teachers a resource that would help them share healthy activities with their students. So, I put together 10 FREE Health activities to help you teach and motivate your students to be healthy!

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There are 5 free “Health Task Cards” for 3rd–5th graders, and 5 free Healthy activities for 6th-12th graders. These meet the “National Health Standards,” and “Learning Targets” are included!

It’s easy- NO PREP! The PowerPoints will walk you through the lessons. Click here for the free resources.

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Here’s a summary:

Mental Health: “Life is 10% what happensand 90% how I react to it…we are in charge of our attitudes.”    -Chuck Swindoll
  • 3rd-5th graders will learn how to relieve stress with Slide05“Time Out,” “Work Out,” and “Reach Out.” They will create “Put a Lid on Stress” suitcases!

 6th-12th graders will follow a PowerPoint lesson on “The Power of Positive Self-Talk.”

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Emotional Health: “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says I’m possible.” –Audrey Hepburn

  • 3rd-5th graders will create “Anger Cartoons” to Slide15practice staying calm in the heat of the moment. An”Emotional Health Worksheet” is also included.
  • 6th-12th graders will learn the difference between being “assertive” or “aggressive.” There is an optional follow-up poster project.

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Social Health: “Friends are the family we choose for ourselves.”

  • 3rd-5th graders will choose 8 traits of being a good Slide25friend and make “Friendship Wheels.” 
  • 6th-12th graders will complete a “Say ‘No’ Peer Pressure” activity” where they will practice saying “No” in various situations.

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Spiritual Health: “A healthy outside starts from the inside.” –Robert Urich

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  • 3rd-5th graders will practice being empathetic in a number of real-life scenarios.
  • 6th-12th graders will take a “Values Survey” and be challenged in a follow-up lesson to live by your values. A “Values Parent-Teen Communicator” homework is also included.

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Physical Health: “Most people have no idea how good their body is designed to feel!” –Kevin Trudeau

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  • 3rd-5th graders will learn which foods give us energy, and then they’ll create an “Interactive Carbohydrate/Protein/Good Fats Tennis Shoe!”
  • 6th-12th graders will be shocked to find out how many miles they’ll need to walk or jog to burn the off calories of specific foods!!

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 Click here for all these FREE resources!

Karol Steele is a National Board Certified Health teacher. She is also a certified Health, Physical Education and Language Arts teacher. She has taught elementary, junior high and high school P.E. and she spent 19 years teaching high school Health. She has a Master’s of Education Degree, and she was the “Health and Fitness Department Head” and was on her school “Leadership Team” for 6 years. She feels blessed to say that of her “High School Health Curriculum” is the #1 best-selling Health curriculum on the whole TeachersPayTeachers website!

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