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Estimated Completion Time

1 segment/18 weeks


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


Each competency will be addressed through a project that is based on a real-life career task. Here are the careers you will explore: Wellness Coach, Health Education Specialist, Community Health Worker, Nutritionist, and Police Officer.



Estimated Completion Time

16 weeks


Please review the competency statements on the right to learn the major topics and concepts covered in this offering.


Overview: Projects allow students to demonstrate their understanding of concepts and skills by completing a job-related task. The assignment might be to create a mural, a package design, a speech, a film review, or a movie set – you name it! These creative projects are about applying your learning acquired through in-depth research to real-world career tasks.



Experiences allow you to explore a career field you’re curious about while mastering competencies for school credit. Through experiential learning, you will learn skills and apply these skills to tasks you would complete as part of a career, rather than completing traditional assessments like essays or tests. During your experience, you’ll work with a professional in the field to support your learning. You’ll earn a badge for your accomplishments, which you can share on social media and higher education platforms, or with colleges, potential employers, peers, and/or colleagues to display your qualifications.

Here’s how experiences work:

  1. Each competency you work on is addressed through a separate deliverable predetermined by you and your instructor.
  2. Guided learning for each module consists of research and/or work with a professional in the field. Your instructor will coach you through this process.
  3. Each module culminates in a final demonstration of understanding, which includes a deliverable and a discussion-based assessment with your instructor.

Here’s an example:

Let’s say you’re curious about a career in healthcare. You decide you’d like to learn about this career area, make a professional connection, earn a badge and earn competencies for your 9th grade English requirement. While enrolled in English 1 Experiences, you conduct research to better understand language and structure in writing. Then, you work with an Occupational Therapist who helps you apply this understanding to the creation of an informational video. The video aims to advise the family members of patients regarding adaptive equipment and accommodations to help them support their family members as they go about their daily tasks. You’ve earned the Language and Structure in Writing competency! (This is just one example of the many ways experiences can bridge competencies to careers.)

*A parent/guardian permission form and background check of the outside expert are required for students to work with outside experts without parental supervision.


*Please have an idea for an outside expert in mind prior to enrollment or consult with our counseling department by emailing [email protected] prior to enrollment for support identifying one.

Credits .5

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


  • 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.


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.