[semester equivalent = 4.00 credits]



Eric Low



This course is designed to enable K-12 grade educators to examine different components of the Health Curriculum for implementation in the classroom.  This course will address the physical, mental, emotional, and social dimensions of health. The curriculum addresses and integrates education about arrange of categorical health problems and issues at developmentally appropriate ages including Nutrition, First Aid, Bullying, Emotional Health, Sex Education and Goal Setting for a healthy life. It also enables teachers to develop and demonstrate increasingly sophisticated health-related knowledge and skills.

This course will give teachers the opportunity to examine concepts to help motivate and assist students in the quest to maintain and improve their health, prevent disease, and reduce health-related risk behaviors. It includes active learning strategies to help students develop the knowledge and skills they need to avoid health risk behaviors. This course will also present reading materials and web sites with lesson plan ideas that are consonant with this material and its use with K-12 grade students.

This course will also provide video ideas for teachers preparing for major themes of

the Health Curriculum; many of these films are available at local libraries, from NetFlix, in video stores and/or for free trial and purchase from documentary film sources like The Video Project. You will choose eight (8) videos to examine for implementation in your classroom. If you choose NetFlix, a three-month subscription is about $30. (NetFlix also has an online video capability for those with a compatible operating system.) You will need to have access to both a DVD player and a VHS video player to enjoy the full range of media choices.

There is no additional charge for required text or materials. All reading is available online for free.


LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon completion of this course, participants will have:

Upon completion of this course, participants:
1.     Will comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention and first aid.
2.     Will have the ability to access and evaluate nutrition, health information, products, and services.
3.     Will have the opportunity to analyze the influence of family, culture peers, community, media, and
         technology on health and health behaviors including bullying.
4.     Will have the opportunity to examine self-management and decision making skills to enhance health.
5.     Will have the opportunity to examine interpersonal communication skills to enhance health.
6.     Will have the opportunity to examine decision making and goal setting skills to enhance health.
7.     Will have the opportunity to examine strategies for emotional health for self, family, and community.

Completion of all specified assignments is required for issuance of hours or credit. The Heritage Institute does not award partial credit.

Completing the basic assignments (Section A. Information Acquisition) for this course automatically earns participant’s their choice of CEUs (Continuing Education Units), or Washington State Clock Hours or Oregon PDUs. The Heritage Institute offers CEUs and is an approved provider of Washington State Clock Hours and Oregon PDUs.



Continuing Education Quarter credits are awarded by Antioch University Seattle (AUS). AUS requires 75% or better for credit at the 400 level and 85% or better to issue credit at the 500 level. These criteria refer both to the amount and quality of work submitted.

  1. Completion of Information Acquisition assignments 30%
  2. Completion of Learning Application assignments 40%
  3. Completion of Integration Paper assignment 30%


CREDIT/NO CREDIT (No Letter Grades or Numeric Equivalents on Transcripts)
Antioch University Seattle (AUS) Continuing Education Quarter credit is offered on a Credit/No Credit basis; neither letter grades nor numeric equivalents are on a transcript. 400 level credit is equal to a "C" or better, 500 level credit is equal to a "B" or better. This information is on the back of the transcript.

AUS Continuing Education quarter credits may or may not be accepted into degree programs. Prior to registering determine with your district personnel, department head or state education office the acceptability of these credits for your purpose.



None. All reading is done online

None. All reading is online.




Eric Low, M.A.  has been a teacher and coach in the state of Washington since 1992.  He has lived, taught, and studied in Southwest Washington since 1995.  Eric has a Master’s degree in history from Eastern Washington University with an emphasis in America’s West and has been an active researcher of Washington State history for 20+ years.  Eric currently teaches history at Winlock High School and serves as a Lead Teacher for ESD 112s “Constitutional Connections” American History grant, a 3 year program that has worked to utilize and develop Social Studies Common Core and CBAs in the classroom.   





Elementary grade levels

Middle School grade levels

High School grade levels

Educational Service District

Many ESDs have Health Curriculum videos available for use at your school. Check selections.

Local Library Systems
Many local library systems have Health Curriculum videos available for use at your school.

NetFlix is an online DVD site where you can order commercial and documentary movies which are mailed
to you. A monthly subscription costs about $10, and you receive one DVD at a time; as soon as you return one you are sent the next.  The films listed below are available from NetFlix; please search by title. If you work quickly you could view all movies in less than two months.

The Video Project
Teachers can sample a number of videos from this excellent source of media on a large variety of
Subjects.  Click on the link above to see the selection.  Many categories are related to the global issues
focus of this course.

New: Most of the following titles can be found in the dvd version of netflix or on youtube

  • ALL ABOUT HEALTH AND HYGIENE - In this video, young students will explore how and why people get sick, and what they can do to help keep themselves strong and healthy.
  • BE WELL NOW - In this enlightening PBS program designed to expose misinformation, Dr. Nancy Snyderman -- the chief medical editor at NBC News -- reveals the truth behind widespread medical myths and promotes a healthy understanding of the issues.  Mixing sound clinical science with personal stories and anecdotes, Snyderman gives you the facts you need to manage your health, keep your body operating at its peak and live a long life.
  • DIET AND DISEASE IN MODERN SOCIETY - Investigates the relationship between diet and a number of frequently inter-related diseases and conditions, including heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, hardening of the arteries, obesity, Type 2 diabetes and cancer.  Topics covered include lipoproteins, fats, fiber, electrolyte minerals, smoking, and alcohol consumption.
  • EATING WELL FOR OPTIMUM HEALTH - Harvard graduate Dr. Andrew Weil outlines his nutritional guidelines for healthier, happier living in this video based on his book.  Weil's advice hinges on seven principles that focus on understanding how food fits into and affects daily life -- personally, culturally and socially.  He also discusses the scientific facts about fat, carbohydrates and proteins, and the healing possibilities of vitamins and minerals.
  • GET HEALTHY NOW - In his follow-up to How to Live Forever, fitness and health guru Gary Null continues to tackle conventional notions of nutrition in the United States and offers up a detailed guide to living well.  Null presents detailed information on such topics as obesity, depression, skin care, menopause, allergies, impotence and prostate disease.  The program also includes comments by various medical doctors on the field of alternative medicine.
  • HEALTH AND NUTRITION - The concept of a balanced diet is stressed, along with a full presentation of the Food Guide Pyramid and a segment on the importance of exercise for maintaining good health.
  • HEALTH QUIZ: VOL. 1, 2, 3, 4 - Test your Stress, Heart, Health & Nutrition in this entertaining interactive medical program hosted by Dr. Frank Field, the multiple Emmy Award-winning reporter from WCBS-TV in New York.  Field and a panel of celebrities and medical experts explain the basics of this complex virus and how to avoid infection.  Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Ed Koch and Rita Moreno make guest appearances.
  • HEALTH SOLUTIONS: SLEEP - People who experience insomnia know how poor sleep at night can affect their day.  This program, hosted by natural medicine advocate Dr. James Rouse, discusses the physical causes of insomnia and several tips to ensure quality rest.  Rouse suggests relaxation techniques and even certain foods for immediate help.  For continuing sleep health, the program turns to noted yoga instructor Rodney Yee, who explains the benefits of yoga and meditation.
  • HEALTH SOLUTIONS: STRESS RELIEF - Stress is about more than just anxiety; it physically affects the entire body.  Natural medicine advocate Dr. James Rouse hosts this program that offers suggestions for reducing stress and consequently leading a healthier life.  Accompanied by yoga instructor Rodney Yee, Rouse discusses relaxation techniques, self-massage, yoga, meditation and even certain foods that can help eliminate daily stress.
  • HEALTHY HABITS 101:  TEACHING KIDS TO STAY HEALTHY FOR LIFE - Teaches kids to stay healthy for life, and includes starting healthy life choices; practicing good dental health; identifying stress busters; making good nutritional choices; learning proper sleep habits; and much more!
  • KIDS AND CHEMICALS - Investigates the relationship between environmental contamination and the health of children in the United States.
  • A PLACE OF OUR OWN: EARLY CHILDHOOD SOLUTIONS—BEHAVIOR & EMOTIONS - This informative documentary gives parents and child-care providers the tools to help youngsters develop the cognitive, social and emotional skills they'll need to face the challenges of school.  Covering such early-childhood topics as identifying developmental milestones, recognizing special needs and nurturing good health, the fun and instructive program aims to get kids off to a good start in the educational system.
  • A PLACE OF YOUR OWN: EARLY CHILDHOOD SITUATIONS—HEALTH AND NUTRITION - This presentation from the Peabody Award-winning series teaches parents and others who care for young children the fundamentals of making sure their kids get off to a healthy start in life.  Fun and informative segments cover topics including healthy eating, getting enough sleep, preventing obesity, getting adequate exercise, dealing with medical problems such as asthma and diabetes and more.
  • RECIPE FOR GOOD HEALTH - ​​What should you eat?  Despite the question's simplicity, people seem mystified about the answer; so let nutritionist and herbalist Robyn Kirby guide you through the basics of good eating and proper nutrition. Kirby has your protein and carbohydrate intake in mind -- along with your budget -- as she demonstrates how to prepare a variety of healthy dishes and offers tips for cultivating good eating habits that will help keep the doctor away.
  • SECRETS TO GOOD HEALTH - This in-depth tutorial features noted herbalist and educator Amanda McQuade Crawford discussing good nutrition as the cornerstone of a healthy life, providing a valuable weapon against aging and warding off illness, obesity, chronic fatigue and more.  She also covers organic foods, vegetarianism and the inherent risks of dieting.  The video is part of the Step-by-Step Guide to Holistic Health Series.
  • TEENS, SEX AND HEALTH: A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO SEXUAL EDUCATION. - ​​​​​​​There are a lot of myths, rumors and out-dated facts about sex and sexuality.  Get accurate, up to date information from experts in the fields related to sexual education. After watching the program, teenagers and parents should be better informed on everything from protection to sexual pharmacology.