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Health & Fitness

DEPARTMENT PHILOSOPHY:

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.

MEET THE HEALTH & FITNESS DEPARTMENT FACULTY:

HEALTH & FITNESS DEPARTMENT COURSE OFFERINGS:

List of 3 items.

  • FOUNDATIONAL FRESHMAN FITNESS/FRESHMAN WELLNESS SEMINAR - 6901 and 6902

    Freshmen engage in a structured, curriculum-and-outcome-based fitness program where they receive education on the principles of physical fitness with simultaneous physical application. Students will develop a basic knowledge and understanding of each component of health-related fitness (flexibility, muscular endurance, muscular strength, body composition and cardiovascular endurance).  Various activities will be offered in the fitness center, the mind/body studio, gymnasium, and outdoor fields. Students learn about proper use and etiquette within the fitness center, participate in goal setting and fitnessgram testing and create personal fitness plans. Students have scheduled class times with fitness instructors 2x/week for Foundational Fitness. Foundational Fitness provides students with a physical fitness knowledge base to pull from as they move into the Applied Wellness structured choice program sophomore through senior year. 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.

    As part of the orientation to DSHA, Freshmen Wellness Seminar is designed to optimize individual and community wellness at Divine Savior Holy Angels (DSHA). Students are given the opportunity to 
    learn about and ask questions in regards to the important logistics and functions of DSHA as a school.  They are on boarded to school-wide activities as well as begin the process of learning about the wellness resources and programming available to them now and moving forward. They engage in small group discussions in an effort to foster relationships and reflect on where they are in their wellness journey. They are also learning about the 
    Applied Wellness offerings that will be available to them, which focus on their social, emotional, spiritual, intellectual and diverse selves.

    2 days per week all year
  • THE APPLIED WELLNESS PROGRAM

    The Mission of the Divine Savior Holy Angels Applied Wellness Program is to engage students in self advocacy and personal accountability through the process of creating and implementing their own wellness plans. Through assessment, reflection and discussion students choose to engage in a variety of wellness experiences that allow them to learn more about themselves and grow within their own wellness journeys.

    Applied Wellness is one unified program where students engage in multiple experiences to learn about, support and promote their own wellness. The intention is to meet student interest, choice and need as they navigate their own wellness journeys. This is an experiential and student focused program not bound to a curriculum. There will be semester requirements in order to assist students as they engage in structured choice.

    There is not a wellness domain that stands alone or should have a greater focus than the others. Students have the opportunity to engage in experiences that focus on their Social, Emotional, Spiritual, Contextual, Diversity and Physical selves. The intention behind structured choice is to allow students the freedom to grow in their understanding of themselves, relationships with others and embrace the full spectrum of humanity.

    10-12th grades, all year
  • WOMEN'S HEALTH EDUCATION – 6700

    Women's 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 sophomores. 
     

The Fitness Center is available during Dasher Time and after school from 3-6 p.m. for students, faculty, staff, and alumnae as well as over the summer. Classes and group fitness activities are held in the Multi-Purpose Room according to the schedule. Hours can be found on the Fitness Center page.

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