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Grade 7 – Healthy Living

Grade 7 Overall Expectations:

Section 1 – Understanding Health Concepts

Personal Safety and Injury Prevention

Describe benefits and dangers, for themselves and others, that are associated with the use of computers and other technologies, and identify protective responses

Substance Use, Addictions, and Related Behaviours

Demonstrate an understanding of linkages between mental health problems and problematic substance use, as well as between brain development and cannabis use, and identify school and community resources that can provide support for mental health concerns relating to substance use, addictions, and related behaviours

Human Development and Sexual Health

Explain the importance of having a shared understanding with a partner about the following: delaying sexual activity until they are older; the reasons for not engaging in sexual activity; the concept of consent, the legal age of consent, and how consent is communicated; and, in general, the need to communicate clearly with each other when making decisions about sexual activity in a healthy, loving relationship

Identify common sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and describe their symptoms

Identify ways of preventing STBBIs and/or unplanned pregnancy, such as delaying first intercourse and other sexual activities until a person is older and using condoms and other forms of protection consistently

Mental Health Literacy

Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between mental health and mental illness and identify possible signs of mental health problems

 

Section 2 – Making Healthy Choices

Healthy Eating

Demonstrate the ability to make healthier food choices, using information about the role that different foods play as contributing or preventive factors in a variety of health disorders

Personal Safety and Injury Prevention

Assess the potential impact on themselves and others of various types of bullying, abuse, exploitation, or harassment, including homophobic bullying or harassment and other forms of identity-based bullying, and of the type of coercion that can occur in connection with sexting and online activities, and identify ways of preventing or resolving such incidents

Substance Use, Addictions, and Related Behaviours

Explain how preoccupation with body image can contribute to substance abuse, and demonstrate the ability to make informed choices about caring for their bodies

Human Development and Sexual Health

Demonstrate an understanding of physical, emotional, social, and cognitive factors that need to be considered when making decisions related to sexual health


Section 3 – Making Connections for Healthy Living

Healthy Eating

Demonstrate an understanding of personal and external factors that affect people’s food choices and eating habits), and identify ways of encouraging healthier eating practices

Substance Use, Addictions, and Related Behaviours

Analyse the personal and societal implications of issues related to substance use, addictions, and related behaviours

Human Development and Sexual Health

Explain how relationships with others and sexual health may be affected by the physical and emotional changes associated with puberty