High School

Health Opportunities through Physical Education (H.O.P.E. combines Health/PE)

1.0 Credit
36 weeks
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With a focus on health and fitness, this course guides students to be active and healthy now and for a lifetime. Effective strategies and techniques are a foundation of the course so that students can continually make improvements in all areas of wellness. Students, with the guidance of a training instructor, set personal goals in four areas of wellness: physical, emotional, social, and academic. Fitness assessments enable students to establish baseline levels of fitness and work toward improvement in specific areas. At the end of each module, students submit a wellness plan documenting their daily physical activity, progress toward goals, changes in fitness assessment results, and reflections on personal progress.

By following individualized training principles, students can achieve personal success and gain confidence, while they develop healthy lifetime habits. The course uses videos, graphics, and interactive learning opportunities to encourage students to eat well, get up, and be active.



Major Topics and Concepts

Segment 1

  • Importance of Physical Activity
  • Baseline Fitness Levels
  • Short and Long Term Goals
  • Cardiovascular System
  • Monitoring the Heart
  • Measuring Pulse
  • Target Heart Rate Zone
  • Cardiorespiratory Activities
  • Principles of Cardiorespiratory Fitness
  • Principles of Overload, Specificity, and Progression
  • Components of Health-Related Fitness
  • Peer Pressure
  • Peer Influence
  • Flexibility Activities
  • Joints, Muscles, Tendons and Ligaments
  • Benefits of Flexibility
  • Proper Stretching Techniques
  • Types of Stretching
  • Warm-Up and Cool Down Importance
  • Importance of Exercising Safely
  • Types and Causes of Stress
  • Stress Management
  • Components of Skill-Related Fitness
  • Benefits of Muscular Training
  • Strength and Endurance Exercises
  • Muscular Safety Precautions
  • Weight Training Myths
  • Muscular Contractions
  • Principles of Muscular Fitness
  • Value of Lifetime Fitness
  • Avoidance of Unhealthy Lifestyle
  • Balance Nutrition
  • Functions of Essential Nutrients
  • Determining Serving Sizes
  • Reading Nutritional Labels
  • Media’s Impacts on Fitness
  • Media’s Influence on Self-Esteem


Segment 2

  • Depression and Suicide
  • Dating Violence and Abuse
  • Internet Safety and Cyberbullying
  • Bullying
  • Effects of Technology on Health
  • Family Influence of Technology Use
  • Managing Interpersonal Conflicts
  • Behavioral Effects on Mental Health
  • Influence of Heredity on Personal Health
  • Social, Emotional, and Cognitive Risks of Drugs, Alcohol, Tobacco
  • Applying a Decision-making Process in Risk Situations
  • Influence of Personal Values, Attitudes, and Beliefs on Health
  • Assessing Refusal and Negotiation Skills
  • Evaluation of Public Health Policy and Government Regulations
  • Risks of Secondhand Smoke
  • Strategies to reduce health problems
  • Analysis of Personal Fitness Progress
  • Modification of Exercise Routines and Workouts
  • Health Problems Resulting From Low Levels of Exercise
  • Obesity and Overweight
  • Body Composition and BMI
  • Cultural Shifts Affecting Activity Levels
  • Individual and Community Influence on Fitness
  • Evaluation of Personal Nutrition and Exercise Habits
  • Impact of Society on Physical Health
  • Eating Disorders
  • Sexual Abstinence
  • Sexual Health
  • Communicable Diseases
  • Behaviors and Practices to Manage Disease Risk
  • Teen Pregnancy
  • First Aid
  • CPR
  • Concussion
  • Responsibility and Self-advocacy For Personal Health
  • Seeking Assistance For Medical Needs
  • Improving Health Literacy
  • Prevention of Health Problems




Achieving and Maintaining Levels of Health Fitness

Students will demonstrate an understanding of achieving and maintaining levels of health fitness by explaining elements of safe exercise, creating a wellness plan with fitness goals and assessments, and explaining health fitness principles.

Influences on Movement Performance

Students will demonstrate an understanding of influences on movement performance by summarizing the effects of exercise on building muscle, describing outside influences on motivation and explaining skill fitness and the impact of nutrition.

The Value of Lifelong Physical Activity

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the value of lifelong physical activity by summarizing the benefits of regular physical activity, explaining the avoidance of decisions and influences harmful to health, and summarizing the value of physical activity for enjoyment.

Healthy Mind, Relationships and Body

Students will demonstrate an understanding of a healthy mind, relationships and body by explaining the connection between healthy behaviors and mental health, explaining strategies for healthy relationships, and explaining the use of health and nutritional information for a healthy body.

Substance Use

Students will demonstrate an understanding of substance use by summarizing the effects of substance use, describing collaborative decision making to reduce the effects of substance use, and summarizing the policies and resources to support restoration of healthy practices.

Personal Responsibility for a Healthy Body

Students will demonstrate an understanding of personal responsibility for a healthy body by explaining health issues related to body composition, explaining personal responsibilities with communicable diseases, and explaining practices increasing susceptibility to injury and illness.