Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Fall 2002

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Lee A. Plourde

Second Committee Member

Osman Alawiye

Third Committee Member

Steven A. Schmitz


The benefits of exploring, understanding, and balancing the social, mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual dimensions in one's life were researched. The research suggests that providing students in health education classrooms with meaningful avenues to learn about these dimensions within themselves would lead to higher levels of wellness and an overall higher quality of life. A handbook for educators was created to supplement parts of the existing curriculum, as well as show readers that this type of supplemental health handbook can be created by anyone to be used with any type of health curriculum. This handbook contains three health units. Each unit includes readings, activities, and assessments that meet with the Health Essential Academic Learning Requirements for Washington State. There will be an individual activity in each unit that will explore each of the 5 dimensions discussed either separately or combined with other dimensions.