Utah - HE K-12 curriculum—benefits of physical activity (MS): Curricula

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State law addresses physical activity.

Utah State Office of Education: Secondary Health Core Curriculum

Health Education I (7th or 8th Grade)

Standard 2: Students will use nutrition and fitness information, skills, and strategies to enhance health.

Objective 1: Describe the components and benefits of proper nutrition.

  • a. Identify the primary nutrients and describe their functions.
  • b. Explain how the United States Department of Agriculture’s Seven Dietary Guidelines and the most recent Food Pyramid can enhance proper nutrition.
  • c. Recognize ways to make healthy food choices (e.g., reading food labels, calculating calorie intake).
  • d. List school and community nutritional resources.

Objective 2: Analyze how physical activity benefits overall health.

  • a. List the elements of physical fitness (e.g., muscular strength and endurance, cardio- vascular endurance, flexibility, body composition).
  • b. Examine the benefits of maintaining life-long fitness and the consequences of inactivity.
  • c. Identify and investigate available fitness resources.
  • d. Create individual fitness goals.

Objective 3: Recognize the importance of a healthy body image and develop appropriate weight management behaviors.

  • a. Explain how weight control is affected by caloric intake and energy expenditure.
  • b. Explore the short and long term effects of poor nutrition and inactivity (e.g., obesity, chronic diseases).
  • c. Describe the strengths and weaknesses of various body-weight indicators (e.g., Body Mass Index [B.M.I.], waist circumference, body fat percentage calculators).
  • d. Examine the causes, symptoms, and the short and long-term consequences of eating disorders.
  • e. Analyze the influence of media on body image.
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