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I have not used both. We started using Total Health last summer and will finish this summer.  

My friend used Apologia Health. She mentioned that she had to change some of the tests.  Some of the content was very Anatomy and Physiology oriented. If I remember correctly, she felt some of the test questions were unduly focused on very specific A&P concepts. I am sorry for being so vague--my memory is just really fuzzy on it.  Otherwise, she said it went fine. It's just probably much more biology oriented than Total Health. 

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You can also just gather books and videos on various aspects of health - specific to teens too.  For example, books on good nutrition, kinesiology, good habits for teens, mental health.  Have them prepare meals, develop and follow an exercise routine, etc.  There are some Great Courses for some of these topics too.    

I looked at curriculum for health, but decided to make this more relaxed (but educational) for mine.  

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I used Total Health with my older two, but it has been several years.  It was okay, but I wasn't very impressed with it.  I felt like it was a bit surface level on a lot of topics and overly moralizing about many things.  I didn't care for the way it handled mental health issues like depression.  There was no mention of medication or anything other than the advice to talk to your pastor, parents, and friends that I can recall.  The overall attitude of the book bugged me.  It seemed very focused on a "you can do it" attitude and didn't take into account various issues that are beyond our control.  Some of the pros are that it is pretty quick to get through and it gives a good cursory look at many health issues and things we can do to help be in better health (like the sections on exercise and nutrition).

I am only about halfway through Apologia's Health and Nutrition with my youngest and I like it pretty well so far.  I like the way it is broken down by body systems and goes into detail about how each body system works.  Their section on mental health had IMO a good balance between practical things we can do to help ourselves but also talked about how mental health issues are not our fault and how to seek medical treatment and/or counseling.  I like that is is a light version of human anatomy, but that may be a con for some people.

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This is really helpful. My son is looking at becoming a doctor, so the human anatomy coverage is always a plus and I appreciate the explanation of the pros and cons for Total Health. Mental health is such a big issue and so the cohesive coverage of that is important. Thank you!

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14 hours ago, ofthevine said:

This is really helpful. My son is looking at becoming a doctor, so the human anatomy coverage is always a plus and I appreciate the explanation of the pros and cons for Total Health. Mental health is such a big issue and so the cohesive coverage of that is important. Thank you!

It sounds like the Apologia Health would be a great fit for your son. My friend said that you could almost take it alongside an A&P course to double-duty the content.  😃

 

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We started Apologia Health this year and dropped it. I did notice multiple places where it seemed to reference a very specific worldview that had nothing to do with health. I particularly remember a section where it was sorta said that it's ideal for a woman to remain home with her children. I found it bothersome, as did my teen daughter.

I say this as a conservative Christian who gave up my career to stay home with my children, lol.

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