Health and Hygiene serves the important purpose of blending the Cadet’s mental well-being with improved physical condition and care. This core component broadens Cadets’ exposure and understanding of substance abuse, sexually transmitted diseases, and behaviors that can have long-term consequences for their personal physical and emotional well-being. Cadets further make the connections between physical and emotional health by understanding how nutrition, attitude, and lifestyles intersect in the complete person.
Mastery of this component improves a Cadet’s physical and emotional state, and has a profound effect his or her decisions, behavior, and overall outlook. Tasks completed in the Health and Hygiene core component are:
~ Recall the adverse effects of the abuse and available treatment resources for ATOD (alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs)
~ Recall healthy sexual practices, human sexuality, family planning, and related responsibilities
~ Recall the methods and practices used by individuals to prevent the spread of communicable diseases including STDs, HIV/AIDS, and other bloodborne pathogens
~ Recall the importance of nutrition in the daily diet for personal well-being