WELLNESS DEPARTMENT MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Wellness Department is for all students to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to make life-long healthy choices that sustain a well-balanced lifestyle.
 
 
GUIDING PRINCIPLES
  • Physical Education: The physical education portion of the Westwood Public Schools Wellness program is based on the National Association for Physical Education (NASPE) Guidelines for Physical Education, which offers the best opportunity to provide physical activity to all children and teach them the skills and knowledge needed to establish and sustain an active lifestyle.  Physical education teachers assess student knowledge, motor and social skills, and provide instruction in a safe, supportive environment.
  • Health: The health portion of the Westwood Public Schools Wellness program is based on guidelines for effective Health programs established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
 
Courses: 

WELLNESS I (2.50 credits; 9th grade)
Students alternate between health education in the classroom and physical activities in the gymnasium facilities. The health skills focus in this course will include the following: Nutrition (web-based analysis of personal nutrition and accessing valid information), Alcohol (health risks, binge drinking and thoughtful decision-making), Tobacco and Marijuana (health risks,
peer influence and refusal skills), Healthy Relationships and Sexuality (STI risk-prevention and dating violence), and Bullying (awareness and “cyber-bullying”), all of which will be addressed through the National Health Education Standards. These standards are skills based and will drive the classroom activities and projects. The physical activity units in this course include personal fitness (introduction to resistance training, cardiovascular fitness and flexibility), team
games, net games, cooperative challenges, and group fitness. Specific activities will alternate on a two-year cycle, and will be coordinated with the National Standards for Physical Education.
 
 
 
WELLNESS II (2.50 credits; 10th grade)
Students alternate between health education in the classroom and physical activities in the gymnasium facilities. The health skills focus in this course will include Nutrition and Healthy Habits (Goal-setting for optimum physical fitness), Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana, and Other Drugs (DUI risk-prevention skills and the influences of peers, cultural norms and the media),
Ethical Behavior (academic, athletic, professional, and social), Healthy Relationships and Sexuality (risk management regarding alcohol use and sexual behavior, sexual harassment, dating violence and sexual assault), and Mental Health (positive behaviors and suicide risk prevention). These areas will be addressed through the National Health Education
Standards. These standards are skills based and will drive the classroom activities and projects. The physical activity units in this course include personal fitness (designing and implementing a personalized fitness plan), team games, net games, cooperative challenges, and group fitness. Specific activities will alternate on a two-year cycle, and will be coordinated with
the National Standards for Physical Education.
 
Please contact Wellness Director Judith Wine with questions or concerns: jwine@westwood.k12.ma.us 781-326-7500, x3351

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