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Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

1 segment/18 weeks

Overview

This course is all about you and the important decisions you make. It’s also about having the correct information before making those decisions. We’ll deal with real issues like nutrition, substance abuse, coping with stress, and what to do about sex.

How can you manage to juggle it all?! Learn how to prepare and deal with real issues that impact your everyday life, such as mental health, nutrition, disease prevention, substance abuse, personal health, and safety. This course provides you with the facts that you will need to make informed decisions that are necessary to lead a healthy lifestyle and improve your quality of life.

Note: content varies depending on course version. For currently enrolled students, please refer to the syllabus located in the course information area for curriculum specifics.

 

Course Requirements

Besides engaging students in challenging curriculum, VLACS guides students to reflect on their learning and evaluate their progress through a variety of assessments. Assessments can be in the form of self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, writing assignments, projects, research papers, essays, labs, oral assessments, and discussions.

Major Topics and Concepts

Module 01: Hello, Wellness!
01.00 Introducing Wellness
01.01 Wellness and You
01.02 Digital Life
01.03 Stress and Anxiety
01.04 Mental and Emotional Health
01.05 Time Management
01.06 Decision Making & Goal Setting
01.07 Hello, Wellness! Module Exam
Module 02: Prevention Is Power
02.00 Welcome to Prevention Is Power
02.01 Making the Healthy Choice
02.02 Growing Pains
02.03 The More You Know
02.04 Be On the Lookout
02.05 Minimizing Your Risk
02.06 Prevention Is Power Module Exam
Module 03: Family and Community
03.00 Your Family and Community
03.01 It’s a Family Affair
03.02 It’s Good to Have a Plan
03.03 Planning for Education
03.04 Navigating Healthcare
03.05 First Aid, CPR, and AED
03.06 Community Programs and Facilities
03.07 Family and Community Discussion-Based Assessment
03.08 Family and Community Module Exam
Module 04: Eat Smart
04.00 Introducing Eat Smart
04.01 Nutrition and Physical Activity
04.02 Eating Habits
04.03 Meal Planning
04.04 Weight Management
04.05 Food Access
04.06 Diets
04.07 Eat Smart Module Exam
Module 05: Safety
05.00 Welcome to Safety First!
05.01 Tolerance and Diversity
05.02 Healthy Relationships
05.03 Substance Use and Abuse
05.04 The Opioid Epidemic
05.05 Don’t Hold Your Breath
05.06 On the Road
05.07 Safety Discussion-Based Assessment
05.08 Final Exam

Career

Youth Counselor

Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 weeks

Competency

Access and Communicate:  Student will demonstrate the ability to access health information and use communication skills to enhance health and reduce health risks.

 

 

Project

You are a Youth Counselor who has been tasked with creating communication resources for youth in the form of example scenario dialogues. You will create at least 3 scenario dialogues which will be available at facilities across the state. You will also create debrief guides that can be used by school staff when working with students.  Your goal is to convey a message about the importance of teenagers accessing information for healthy choices and utilizing effective communication in avoiding health risks.

You will be highlighting how your scenarios can inform teens about an important teen issue (of your choice) and enable them to engage in effective communication and access credible information to make better choices.

Career

Life Coach

Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 weeks

Competency

Decision Making and Goal Setting: Student will demonstrate the ability to use decision making and goal setting skills to enhance health and reduce health risks.

 

 

Project

You are a Life Coach who has been hired at a newly opened health and wellness center in your city.  Your main responsibilities will be to help your clients with decision making and goal setting in areas to improve their health.

Career

Public Health Coordinator

Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 weeks

Competency

Health Behaviors: Student will demonstrate comprehension of health topics and ability to promote health enhancing behaviors to promote health and reduce health risks.

 

 

Project

You are a Public Health Coordinator in an elderly setting. One of your tasks is to address rising concerns regarding health care into the later stages of life.

As the Public Health Coordinator, your responsibility is to provide accurate information regarding preventative health services to the residents. This means not only educating this group on the health risks of their age, but also promoting and advocating for the practice of health enhancing behaviors.

Career

Sports Nutritionist

Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 weeks

Competency

Influence and Advocate: Student will demonstrate the ability to analyze influences on health behaviors and use self-advocacy skills to enhance health and reduce health risks.

 

 

Project

You work for a successful semi-pro sports organization as a Sports Nutritionist. In this field, you work with athletes individually to discuss their nutritional needs, educate them on how to make healthy nutritional choices as a consumer, and discuss the impact of food, beverages, and supplements on their athletic performance.  

Status

Open

Experiences allow students to demonstrate mastery of competencies through various real-world or hands-on learning opportunities, such as travel, service learning, independent study, internships or entrepreneurship. During an experience, students elect to meet all or some of the competencies in a particular competency group (ie. English 1, Economics, Biology, …), as an alternative to taking the course. Each experience is customized to the student’s opportunity. The student works with a VLACS instructor to determine deliverables that demonstrate mastery of the competencies and secures an outside expert to enrich the experience.

In Experiences students will:

  1. Meet weekly with their instructor.
  2. Secure an outside expert.
  3. Plan the experience prior to completing it. Credit is not awarded for experiences completed prior to enrollment and completion of the planning process.
  4. For many experiences, spend time at a business or other location.

Types of Experiences:

Independent Study

By signing up for an independent study, you will be able to direct your own learning, identifying what you want to learn and how you will demonstrate that you have mastered your learning objectives.

Internship

Internships allow you to gain professional experience, make connections, and become familiar with a career while working on site with mentors and professionals in a career of your interest.

Travel

While travel can be a great experience for learning life lessons, it is also an excellent way to acquire the knowledge and skills that allow you to demonstrate mastery in a variety of competencies. The world is a classroom and travel experiences will connect your real-world experiences to the learning that you seek.

Service Learning

In-Service Learning, you collaborate with members of your community to address issues to improve your community. You will connect your service with discipline-specific content so that learning can take place through problem solving and collaboration.

Entrepreneurship

Starting your own business is a great way to learn. This type of experience allows you to engage in an entrepreneurial experience and receive credit for competencies you master through this experience.

Credits .5

Meets Health graduation requirement. Only Life Management Skills Experience earns a badge.

Competencies

  • Managing Physical and Mental Health
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of managing physical and mental health by explaining the impact of healthy habits on overall wellness, explaining the body and mind connection and describing strategies for meeting health goals.
  • Avoiding and Minimizing Risky Behaviors
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of avoiding and minimizing risky behaviors by summarizing factors that influence behavior, explaining the access of information and services to enhance health, and describing disease prevention.
  • Family and Community Health
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of family and community health by describing the use of interpersonal communication skills to enhance health, explaining the elements of health care plans, and explaining advocacy for family and community health to avoid health risks.
  • Healthy Eating
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of healthy eating by explaining the benefits of healthy eating habits, explaining tools for eating healthy, and summarizing strategies for healthy food choices.
  • Creating and Maintaining Healthy Relationships
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of creating and maintaining healthy relationships by explaining the importance of treatment of others with dignity and respect, explaining the avoidance of substance abuse, and summarizing the daily practices of health-enhancing behaviors.

Pre-Requisites

High school freshman or instructor permission.

Attend a virtual open house

We offer regular online open house webinars where VLACS staff members provide parents and students with an overview of our programs and answer questions about online learning.