In Health 9 students are challenged to consider the physical and emotional consequences of sexual activity using class activities, literature, and class discussions. Information concerning birth control and sexually transmitted diseases is presented to facilitate a thorough understanding of responsible sexual health choices. Students are given the responsibility of a RealCare Baby® —a baby simulator that requires parental care. In addition to sexual health, students are challenged to consider the physical, emotional, and intellectual consequences of substance use as well as identify risk factors for addiction. Information about the acute and chronic effects of specific drugs, alcohol, and tobacco is presented. Additional topics for class discussion include addiction, family relationships, legal considerations, and life goals.