A comprehensive list of Health topics. Cover each one to the level of your child’s development. A Yearly Planner to use if desired.
Athletics & Fitness
Learn how to play a new sport or game.
Food and Hydration
Common Injuries and Treatment (MobilityWOD)
Delay sports specialization to increase performance and longevity.
Create your own backyard target with a blue tarp.
Make bows and arrows from PVC pipe.
Safety & Law Enforcement
Learn how to stay safe and get help when needed.
Vehicle Safety (restraints, as a pedestrian, Driver’s Ed)
Home Safety (fires, tornadoes, nuclear attack, guns, electricity, water)
Kitchen Safety (knives, appliances, food poisoning)
Workshop Safety (tools, safety glasses, electricity)
Animal Safety (dogs, wild animals, insects)
First Aid & CPR
Emergency Responders (911, non-emergency fire, police, ambulance)
How to recognize and avoid “Tricky People.” An alternative to “don’t talk to strangers.”
How to respond if you are approached by law enforcement. Good info for almost-grown kids attending concerts or other events.
Food & Nutrition
Learn how to choose and prepare healthy foods.
Choose nutrient-dense foods
Clean and prepare foods properly
Grow a garden
Exercise and manage weight
Good Calories, Bad Calories (Taubes)
The Omnivore’s Dilemma (Pollan)
Deep Nutrition (Shanahan)
Learn how to prevent and treat illness.
Outside (eyes, ears, nose, teeth, tongue, nails, hair, skin)
Digestion & Waste (stomach, intestines, liver, kidneys, bladder) – alcohol & drug use
Lungs – tobacco use
Brains – alcohol & drug use
Herbal remedies for cold and flu
Dying: Teaching Doctors When to Stop Treatment
Fearfully and Wonderfully Made (Yancey, Brand) – Christian book, but would also appeal to any spiritual person who is looking for a philosophical narrative about the body.
The Gift of Pain (Brand) – Same author as above, but focuses on his reflections as a doctor working with leprosy patients.
Bioethics: A Primer for Christians (Meilaender) – Christian book, not denomination specific. He examines medical decisions in the light of basic doctrines such as “love one another.” This is a rare book that doesn’t give simple answers, but acknowledges the complexity of some decisions and leaves the reader with thought-provoking questions.
Learn how to handle common stresses in life.
Fear and Anxiety
Loneliness and Boredom
Violence and Bullying
Depression and Lack of Self-Worth
Learn how your body works and how to sustain healthy relationships.
Our Whole Lives (UCC)
Learn how to organize life and make the best choices for your future.
Task Management (using a planner, Kanban)
Finances (checking & savings, investments, budgets)
Travel (how to plan a trip, hotel, sights, safety)
Pursuit of Happiness
Shop Class as Soulcraft
Zen Habits: A Guide For Young People: What To Do With Your Life
Comprehensive Health Curriculum checklist from the CDC
Sex and Relationship Guidance from the UK National Curriculum