Homeschool High School Health and Nutrition Course

Students who study a high school health course in their homeschool gain an awareness of how they can actively promote a healthy lifestyle throughout all the stages of their lives. Health is something too many people often take for granted and address only when an issue occurs. It’s also something that is typically related to physical function only, but in reality, it is so much more.

Exploring Creation with Health and Nutrition
God’s Design for Your Body, Mind, and Soul

This homeschool high school health and nutrition curriculum explores the physical, social, mental, and spiritual concepts that are needed for a healthy lifestyle. With detailed illustrations and photos, clear explanations, and enhanced readability, Exploring Creation with Health and Nutrition will prepare high school students for college-level studies as well as life beyond the classroom.



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General Overview of Apologia’s Homeschool High School Health and Nutrition Course

Apologia developed Exploring Creation with Health and Nutrition to help high school students recognize that while they are each a unique individual in the entire history of the universe, there will always be layers of their lives that define, and sometimes dictate, just who they are in a given time period. Giving students the knowledge they need to navigate the different stages of their lives will help them see their lives are a gifted mystery. They are part of something even bigger than their physical, social, mental, and emotional context here on Earth. They are a spiritual being, created in the image of God.

How much of our lives is coded into our genetics; how much of it is learned; and how much of it do we choose? How do we navigate new experiences? With Apologia’s homeschool health curriculum, students learn that as time passes, we all create and recreate who we are and how we interact with our world. Students will understand the subtle influences in their daily lives and begin to notice what roles those influences have on their interpretation of a situation.

General Topics Include:

  • Practical topics include information on the things that students encounter every day, such as hydration and sleep. Realistic nutritional advice is presented in a form that allows students to take charge of their eating habits. And while most high school health courses only deal with physical health, Exploring Creation with Health and Nutrition recognizes that health is just as dependent on social, emotional, mental, and spiritual vitality.
  • Exploring Creation with Health and Nutrition, covers the difficult topics too. We live in a culture polluted by sexual dysfunction. Apologia designed this health curriculum to tell the truth to teens about the beauty of married sex, the developing baby, and the joy of being parents. We warn teens about the dalliance into immodesty, pornography, and casual sexual activity.
  • Apologia also recognizes that some teens struggle, so we tackled the topics in a way that is gentle on the young person who struggles with mental illness, with a disability, or a poor prognosis. We emphasize that each person must do the best he or she can with what is given to them by God, who numbers our days. We even included a chapter on peace. We don’t seek peace as Americans; we distract and entertain ourselves and miss the rewards of simple living. Too often we have to get old before we discover the secret to peace. Apologia wants students to know the importance of peace in their day-to-day lives.

Exploring Creation with Health and Nutrition is a high school health curriculum that can help teens avoid the pitfalls in life, take advantage of God’s provision, and recognize God’s incredible love for us in His design of our bodies.

Please note: Exploring Creation with Health and Nutrition is a full health textbook for high school. Some students may not be mature enough to discuss some of the topics. The reproductive systems are covered in detail, including accurate, yet respectful, illustrations and descriptions. We respectfully discuss the act of marriage, sexual misconduct, pregnancy, and sexually transmitted diseases. We discuss alcohol and drug abuse, depression, pornography and other topics that also require maturity. Please use your knowledge of your students to decide when this homeschool health and nutrition high school course is appropriate for their maturity levels.

Topics Covered in this Homeschool High School Health and Nutrition Course

At the core of this high school health curriculum is the understanding that humans are created in the image of the one, true God and are His image-bearers. As such, we are to steward His gifts to us with excellence. It is not an anatomy and physiology text, but this course covers the basics of how nutrients are absorbed by the body and which ones are essential to our diet. It is not a Bible study, but the author explains that a relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ, is the only way to have true peace in life.

Topics Covered:

  • Why health matters
  • Physical influences on thoughts and feelings
  • Mental & emotional health
  • Healthy interpersonal relationships
  • Communication skills and conflict resolution skills
  • Human body systems
  • Digestion, nutrition, and hydration
  • The five senses
  • Food science: marcronutrients, micronutrients
  • Importance of diet and exercise
  • Personal hygiene
  • Alcohol and drug abuse
  • The gift of reproduction

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Components of this Homeschool High School Health and Nutrition Curriculum

Exploring Creation with Health and Nutrition for high school grades does have over 50 projects, noted in the textbook and included in the student notebook. These projects cover materials such as nature versus nurture, personal temperament, good decision-making skills, boundary setting, analyzing food intake and activity levels, and many more. Project assignments, such as keeping a food journal and sleep journal, setting personal health goals are also included.

Students are graded on project completion and exams. Solutions are available for free on the Book Extras site for this title.

There are three components required to successfully complete this homeschool high school health and nutrition course:

  1. The student textbook contains all the health content that the student will study during the school year.
  2. The Student Notebook contains all the project instructions, study guides, and exams.
  3. The Test and Solutions Manual, made available for free on the course’s Book Extras site, contains answers to the study guide and exams.

The Importance of a Student Notebook in a Homeschool Health and Nutrition Curriculum

Taking good notes while reading a high school science text can make the difference between mastering a concept and not quite understanding it. Good notes provide the following advantages:

  • Students stay focused on what they are reading.
  • Students pay closer attention, which will increase their retention.
  • Students have their own version of the text to review for tests.
  • Students learn to connect new information to what they already know.

The Student Notebook for our homeschool high school health and nutrition course are specifically designed to help students be independent and take responsibility for their science studies as they gain and maintain the personal abilities to create structure and logic through note taking.


Apologia Student Notebooks are strongly linked to their corresponding textbooks. They provide structured space for:

When During Their Homeschool Years Should High School Students Take This Health and Nutrition Course?

Apologia recommends that Exploring Creation with Health and Nutrition is best studied at the same time as biology in 9th grade. However, this is not a requirement.  A maturity level, whether it be in middle school or high school, that can comprehend and sensibly discuss a whole-health course covering mature topics such as human sexuality and alcohol and drug abuse is needed to succeed in this course. We recommend that parents preview the table of contents and sample pages to decide if their student is ready. This is a course which can fulfill the health course some states require for high school graduation. You can assign the full credit amount required by your state for this complete and comprehensive health course.

Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Health and Nutrition is not only teen-approved, but it’s also my teen’s favorite subject. And, not just this year. It’s her all-time favorite in her entire homeschooled existence!

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