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Lesson 1: Being Healthy in Many Ways


In this lesson, students examine what it means to be healthy, with a focus on mental/emotional health. They discuss the qualities of an emotionally healthy person and why emotional health is important. After discussing ways young people learn how to do things, the teacher introduces the idea of role models and shares a story about an emotionally healthy role model. Then students consider the people in their lives who exemplify positive emotional health and examine the traits of their role models that they would like to emulate.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. Explain what it means to be mentally and emotionally healthy.
  2. Identify characteristics of a mentally and emotionally healthy person.
  3. Identify role models who demonstrate positive emotional health.

SEL Connection

  • self-awareness

Time: 40 minutes

Healthy Behavior Outcomes

  • MEH-1: Express feelings in a healthy way.
  • MEH-2: Engage in activities that are mentally and emotionally healthy.
  • MEH-8: Establish and maintain healthy relationships.
  • SH-2: Establish and maintain healthy relationships.

National Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Comprehending Concepts
  • Performance Indicator 1.5.1: Describe the relationship between healthy behaviors and personal health.
  • Performance Indicator 1.5.2: Identify examples of emotional, intellectual, physical, and social health.
  • Standard 3: Accessing Resources
  • Performance Indicator 3.5.2: Locate resources from home, school, and community that provide valid health information.
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