Health & Fitness


Maintaining a healthy balance in today’s world requires a great deal of skill, knowledge, and practice. The Health and Fitness curriculum is designed to emphasize the student’s responsibility for her own health and well-being. DSHA is committed to preparing students to become advocates for their own health and well-being. This program supports the academic mission of the school, whole person education, as well as the lifelong health and wellness of our students. A 2014 study by the Center for Disease Control states, “The academic achievement of America’s youth is strongly linked with their health.” There is myriad research showing students need adequate amounts of physical activity throughout the school day — not only to prevent obesity and obesity-related issues, but to perform better academically.
The goal of our program is to cultivate a positive attitude towards physical fitness and teach the values of health and exercise through enjoyable, challenging, and meaningful activities. Regular involvement in physical activity has been proven to increase academic performance, raise self-esteem, reduce the incidence of life threatening disease, and produce a positive impact on the social and emotional well-being of an individual.


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    Freshmen begin their journey with Foundational Freshman Fitness and Freshman Wellness. Foundational Fitness provides students with a basic knowledge and understanding of each component of health-related fitness (flexibility, muscular endurance, muscular strength, body composition, and cardiovascular endurance). The start of a wellness portfolio will track student progress and be an important source of information and feedback for both the student and teacher. Personal fitness bio, individual SMART fitness goals, fitness assessment records, class/content materials, and short assessments will be accumulated throughout the year. Various activities will be offered in the fitness center, the mind/body studio, gymnasium, and outdoor fields.

    Students meet with health and fitness staff 3 days/week in a structured, curriculum-and-outcome based fitness program. First semester, students meet with a freshman wellness class on the fourth day of the week. Second semester, students will continue foundational fitness classes 3 days/week. 

    Health Education is a required one semester course centering on wellness. The objective of this course is to provide each student with the opportunity to acquire accurate health information, practice decision making, and develop behaviors that promote a healthy lifestyle. The following related topics are included: stress management, nutrition, body image, chemical substances, healthy relationships, and human sexuality. Activities include: lecture, small group and class discussions, group presentations/projects, and video. Grades are based upon daily participation, homework and assessments.

    10th grade
    1 semester
    This course is required of all students. It can be taken sophomore or junior year. 

The Fitness Center

The Fitness Center is available at various times throughout the school day, after school, and over the summer for students, faculty, staff, and alumnae. Classes and group fitness activities are held in the Mind Body Studio according to the schedule. Contact Director of Fitness Performance and Health & Fitness Faculty Brian Calhoun or stop by the fitness center for a more detailed schedule.


Department-Related Co-Curriculars & Activities

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  • 15 Athletic Team Offerings

  • Athletic Performance Training Co-Curricular

  • Rock Climbing Club

  • Ski Club

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