The Health Education Department at Hampstead Middle School exists as one component of the wellness paradigm. There are also two other parts, Physical Education and Guidance that make up the overall wellness. The mission of our department is to focus on providing programs that encourage individuals to protect maintain and improve their levels of health and fitness, and to enhance their overall quality of life. As a department we view health as a multi-faceted state involving social, physical, mental, emotional, environmental and spiritual dimensions. These multi-faceted states provide individuals with the information and motivation necessary to make informed decisions concerning lifestyles and personal health behavior. Rather than trying to solve health problems for the individual, health educators emphasize the importance of accurate information, periodic assessments and self-responsibility for personal health status.