Learning about wellness, which includes nutrition, health and culture, is an important part of any adolescent's education. As a high school student matures and gains more responsibility, they will be making more and more decisions that impact their overall wellness. This unit allows students to reflect on their own wellness and culminates in service learning through presenting their projects at the Mission Hills Wellness Fair. In addition, this unit addresses social justice by incorporating cultural aspects of health and wellness as well as including all health information provided by the students in Spanish. Essential Questions:
What does a “Healthy Diet” mean to you? How is wellness defined in your culture? How does nutrition relate to overall health? What are some of the factors that influence our food choices?
Students will understand that many things contribute to our overall wellness, including nutrition, physical activity, and even social justice because of mental and psychological considerations. Students should understand the ways that nutritional value of food impacts health and wellness, because it effects the quality of daily life. Students should be able to relate their own cultural food, and norms of physical activity to their own personal wellness.