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The 2012 Wellness Promotion Policy Annual Report
The School District of Palm Beach County, Florida
Choice and Career Options - Curriculums

Utilizing a planned program of learning experiences in education and real world training settings, Career Education assists students to make informed decisions about their study and/or work options and enables them to participate effectively in working life.

Within the Career Education curriculums there is a strong commitment to nutrition, wellness, healthy lifestyles and well-being.

Presented at the middle school level, concepts studied include:
  • default_titleCPR and First Aid for children and infants
  • default_titleChildhood obesity (short and long term effects)
  • default_titleThe Great Plate/Food Pyramid for formation of healthy diets
  • default_titleEating disorders
  • default_titleSafety and sanitation (prevention of food borne illnesses)
  • default_titleNutrition, dieting and weight control (development of a life-long health plan as well as long term effects of a poor diet)
  • default_titleThe nutritional needs of young children as well as learning indicators of a healthy child
  • default_titleFoods that may be harmful to children (food allergies)
  • default_titleChildhood illnesses, causes and preventive measures (special focus on childhood obesity, diabetes, hypertension, anemia and asthma)
  • default_titleExercise (benefits and incorporation of exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle)
  • default_titleSubstance abuse and its effect on the body
  • default_titleCareers in biomedical sciences, health, nutrition, wellness, dietary sciences, culinary, and education
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From Garden to Table

Emphasizing cooperation with other disciplines (i.e. Medical, Agricultural and Environmental Research and Field Studies Academies), several high school culinary arts career academies have planned, planted and utilized the benefits of growing a garden on campus. Accentuating the 'freshness and taste factor', nutritional content, and chemical free gardening, vegetables and greens have found their way into the menu planning and food preparation within the career academy restaurant concept. Field trips to sites such as the Squire‟s Urban Herb Farm underscore the utilization of using fresh products in preparing foods.

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Training

Students in the Medical Sciences Academies are required to complete the HIPAA training prior to starting the clinical rotations. Students must follow confidentiality laws to protect all patients.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification

As part of the curriculum requirements for several career academies (Medical Sciences, Early Childhood Teacher Education and Criminal Justice), students are eligible to be certified in CPR and First Aid – preparing students to prevent and respond to life-threatening emergencies.

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Training

After completing this training, all students in the Medical Sciences Academies receive a State of Florida Certification. The purpose is to provide students with an understanding of the intent of the blood borne pathogens regulation issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA); how disease transmissions occur; serious communicable diseases; precautions to prevent disease transmission; and what to do if an exposure occurs. In addition, specific information regarding HIV and AIDS is covered including transmission, prevention, health care, social and legal issues.

Florida Atlantic University Healthcare Careers Outreach Program

In collaboration with the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University, medical academy students are able to participate in the Healthcare Careers Outreach Program designed to increase interest in the health sciences for young people interested in careers in medicine and to mentor and prepare them to successfully compete at the highest levels of college and post-graduate studies. Participating schools include Lake Worth Community High, Palm Beach Gardens Community High, Roosevelt Community Middle and Lake Worth Middle. The mission of this program is to increase opportunities in Medicine and Biomedical Sciences for students, especially under-represented and under-served minorities in South Florida.

Everglades Area Health Education Center (EAHEC) Summer Health Career Camp

A program that is designed to educate, train and promote careers in healthcare, the Everglades Area Health Education Center (a division of Nova Southeastern University School of Osteopathic Medicine) offers students the opportunity each summer to participate in the Health Careers Camp. This is available to students in the Medical Sciences Academies both in middle and high school.

Physician Scientist Training Program

Middle and high school students have the opportunity each summer to attend the Temple University School of Medicine Summer Program. The main objective is to prepare and train future scientists to pursue careers in biomedical research. Students gain an early exposure and clinical experience while receiving a stipend for their participation.

A Day in the Life of a Nurse (DITLOAN)

Yearly in November, students in the Medical Sciences Career Academies participate in the Day in the Life of a Nurse, collaborating with the Nursing Consortium of South Florida, along with local hospitals and healthcare facilities in Palm Beach County. Students are introduced to nursing careers and the advancements within the profession including biomedical research. Activities include skills labs, simulations, presentations and shadowing experiences. Boca Raton Community Hospital randomly selected and awarded Mahesha Ahmed, a student from Boca Raton Middle School Medical Academy with an iPod Nano for participating in DITLOAN 2011.

Keiser University School of Nursing Partnership

Keiser University nursing students participated in the Pediatric Nursing rotation at Lake Worth Middle School Medical Sciences Academy for the past three years since the inception of the academy. Both institutions work hand in hand to promote careers in health sciences while addressing the national nursing shortage, especially in South Florida.

Heroes in Medicine

A student representing each of the fifteen medical academies competed with other university and medical resident students for the Palm Beach County Medical Society Services Heroes in Medicine Awards. Brianna Hollins from Palm Beach Lakes High School Medical Sciences Academy received the prestigious “Student Hero Award” along with Trevor Raborn, a student at Florida Atlantic University and South Florida Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplant Institute.

Pre-Career Academy Expansion Project

The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County in partnership with Choice and Career Options, along with the generous support of the Quantum Foundation awarded Lake Worth Middle School Medical Academy, Congress Middle School Medical Academy, Lake Shore Middle School Engineering Academy and Roosevelt Middle School Medical Academy with funding to reach out to students in schools with low socio-economic situations, minority students and students not traditionally exposed to engineering or medical professions. Funds were used to update technology, equipment and supplies in order to meet curriculum standards.

Student Organizations within Career Education provide unique programs of leadership development, motivation, and recognition exclusively for secondary, postsecondary, adult, and collegiate students.
Family, Careers and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is the only student organization with the family as its central focus. Functioning as an integral part of the Family and Consumer Sciences education curriculum, FCCLA addresses important personal, work and societal issues through family and consumer sciences education. FCCLA provides opportunities for active student participation at the local, state and national levels.
Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) is the medical student organization whose mission is to promote career opportunities in health care and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. HOSA provides opportunities for active student participation at the local, state, and national levels.
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