HEALTHY LIVING 5
Thisis to kindly inform you that we the school is ready to introduce anew curriculum form the beginning of the next academic year. Thisinstitution decided to adapt the new curriculum system since it willbe providing students with a well planned and balanced program thatwill help develop the right attitude for healthy and physicallyactive lifestyles, as well as the students` knowledge and skills. Thecontent has a vision for healthier students in terms of fitnessmanagement, social and personal management, safety, movement andhealthy lifestyles practices. The curriculum is meant to addresscertain risks faced by young students as unhealthy dietary behaviors,lack or very little inadequate physical activity, sexual behaviorsthat lead to unwanted pregnancies or STIs, other behaviors that leadto either intentional or unintentional behaviors and drug abuse ofsubstances like tobacco and alcohol. There are specific outcomesidentified in learning for every grade that enable students to learnmore about healthy lifestyles (Smith & Smith 2006).
Fora well balanced program in physical education, elementary studentsshould get instructions in the several activity categories: fitnessactivities, alternative pursuits, dual or individual sports games,gymnastics and rhythmic activities and group sports (Otis &Goldingay 1989). On the other hand for a well balanced program inhealth education decision making should emphasize safety of oneselfas well as the safety of others, personal and social development,personal health practices, human sexuality, nutrition, active living,mental-emotional development, prevention of diseases as well asprevention of use and abuse of the substance. (Smith & Smith2006).Time is allocated for health and physical education for eachgrade and more time may be allocated for special activities,integration and supplementary programs.
Teachersare required to give a professional standard care where high risksphysical activities are involved as compared to the prudent care theparent provides. The educators and teachers must acknowledge thecriteria put in place to determine the appropriate and properstandard care in the context of physical activity (Otis &Goldingay 1989). Educators should consider whether if the activity isrecommended for the mental, physical and age status of the elementarystudents. The teacher will also be checking for adequate equipmentthat is suitably arranged. It is also the requirement of the teacheror educator to ensure that the students have progressively beentaught on how to handle the equipment well and avoid unnecessaryinjuries (Smith & Smith 2006).
Thecurriculum has plans to weigh and calculate student body mass indexafter each quarter to compare weight with tables that are recognizednationally and ensure top confidentiality in the records to safeguardstudents` privacy and specific details. The curriculum also has aninclusion of the parental option that they can freely choose the modeof delivery for the sensitive content. Parents have the right tochoose an alternative from the school-based delivery as professionalcounseling or home counseling. We as the management of the school arerequesting all the parents to support this new imitative and we arevery sure that the end results will be of great help to all of us.There are several intended ways of communicating with the parents onschool-based programming as letters, brochures, and newsletters useof the website, scheduled meetings, and permission forms. Parents candecide to adopt and use the departmental resources when it comes tochoosing one alternative delivery. Parents are invited to help in thesuccess of this new curriculum by ensuring their families havehealthy dietary lifestyle and mainly emphasize on the best nutritionfor growing children. Parents are advised to check on the daily mealsat home and their effect to healthy development of their children.Teachers and educators are assigned to program volunteers as parentsand other community volunteers to enhance the success of potentiallysensitive content in the curriculum.
Smith,M. J., & Smith, F. (2006). Thesmart student`s guide to healthy living: How to survive stress, latenights, & the college cafeteria.Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.
Otis,C. L., Goldingay, R., & College Entrance Examination Board.(1989). Campushealth guide: The college student`s handbook for healthy living.New York: College Entrance Examination Board.