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. It is based on the seven dimensional wellness model with an emphasis on social, emotional, physical and spiritual wellness. 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.