A fresh take on lessons for a healthy life.

Reproduction + Sex Outline

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Parent-Only Section

Today parent is often spelled B-U-S-Y. At Choose Health, we know you want what is best for your child. You can navigate the Reproduction + Sex lessons with your student, together or independently, at a pace that works for your family.

Body Systems- Reproductive System

Students will review body systems, and learn how the nervous system and endocrine system work with our reproductive system.

Puberty- Changes to Expect + Choices to Manage

Our bodies and brains are changing rapidly in the preteen and teenage years. Students will understand why the changes happen and why to expect heightened emotions. Interesting activities will give them tools to manage impulsive behavior.

The Brain- Our Largest Sex Organ

Neurotransmitters (brain chemicals) craving and pair-bonding can be complicated. Choose Health breaks it down in a way that helps students understand that our brains are in play with reproduction and sex.

Culture and Media Impact

Hype vs. Truth- students will evaluate how the media and online sources impact our view of healthy sex. Additionally, we share strategies to avoid risks the internet exposes them to.

Tools to Avoid Risky Behaviors

Teens today need something more than, "Don't do that because I said so." They need to understand the risks and have an action plan to avoid them. This includes details of the risks of STDs.

Reproduction Responsibility

Reproduction is a huge responsibility. Choose Health lays out the details of different aspects this responsibility brings: emotional, physical, financial and legal.

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Sample Lesson

My Brain- Why is it changing?

Puberty is so much more than just physical changes. Aside from the changes that we can see with our eyes, there is a whole host of changes that are taking place within our brains. Lots of chemicals are shifting towards processing at a high rate. Think of it this way, we can see a rapid increase in height and appetite. Maybe this morning you noticed the increase in oil and dead skin that contributed to the latest pimple right in the middle of your forehead. What you cannot see is the hormones and neurotransmitters, or chemical messengers in your brain that have kicked into overdrive.  

Ever crave chocolate or salty chips?  The rich and velvety texture on your tongue and burst of sweet makes it hard to chew that chocolate without a smile.  From the first crisp bite to the last lick of salt off your finger, every crunchy chip is like music in your mouth. For some, the mere mention of these foods has activated your salivary glands.  It could potentially cause your stomach to growl even though you recently finished a meal. Why does this happen? It’s all chemical.

Hopefully you recall this from our lesson in Nutrition + Fitness called Brain Food: Craving Starts in the Brain. The goal was to introduce the concept of craving and these chemical messengers. This lesson gave us a better picture of why we seem to crave certain foods.

It’s all chemical.

It now makes sense that eating certain foods triggers a release of serotonin or endorphins. It caused us to crave those foods with the goal of releasing those ‘feel good’ chemical messengers in our brain again. 

With that understanding of craving, it can help set the stage for us to look at all the chemical messengers that are a part of our reproductive system. 

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