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HOPE—Semester A

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Technology has brought us many glorious things, like iPads, rocket ships, and Shmoop. But nothing is more glorious than the opportunity to learn about health and physical fitness from Shmoop.

In this Health Opportunities Through Physical Education course, aligned to Florida state standards, you'll learn how to manage your own health and fitness. By the end of our lessons, projects, and workouts, you'll be able to

  • care for the mental health of yourself and others.
  • plan a fitness routine which improves your cardiovascular fitness, strength and endurance, and flexibility.
  • understand the basics of nutrition and plan a healthy diet.
  • integrate healthy practices and physical activity into your lifestyle.
  • develop the knowledge to know what's fitness wisdom and what's bunk.

This is the first semester of our HOPE course. Check out Semester B here.

Course Breakdown

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Unit 1. Intro to Health and Wellness

This unit is your introduction to the wonderful world of health and fitness. We'll learn what health is, take a fitness assessment, and learn the basics of how and why to exercise.

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Unit 2. Mental and Social Health

In this second unit of our HOPE course, we cover the basics of mental and social health, including goal setting, dealing with stress, depression, peer pressure, and how the heck to make good decisions when you're a hormonal teen.

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Unit 3. Nutrition and Wellness

This unit covers the basics of nutrition and bodily management. You'll learn about macronutrients and micronutrients, how to plan a healthy meal, and when nutrition goes wrong: eating disorders and obesity.

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Unit 4. Planning a Fitness Program

This unit focuses on how to fit all the pieces of fitness together to make a personal fitness plan. It'll go over the nitty-gritty of cardio, flexibility, muscular strength and endurance, how to put a workout together, and planning a long-term fitness program for oneself.


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  • Course Length: 18 weeks
  • Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Course Type: Basic
  • Category:
    • Health, Physical Education, and Counseling

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