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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:

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  • FOUNDATIONAL FRESHMAN FITNESS - 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 3x/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.
  • HEALTH EDUCATION – 6700

    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, after school from 3-6 p.m., 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 Health & Fitness Faculty Brian Calhoun or stop by the fitness center for a more detailed schedule.
There are many ways to make healthy choices at DSHA. Discover opportunities to get involved as a healthy and active Dasher:

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