Academics
Curriculum

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 9 items.

  • FITNESS 101 (PERSONAL FITNESS) – 6811 and 6812

    Students will begin to understand their current fitness levels and set goals for self-improvement. 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, multipurpose room, gymnasium, and outdoor fields.

    All freshmen will enroll in Fitness 101.
  • FITNESS 102 (PERSONAL FITNESS) – 6821 and 6822

    Students will continue to assess their fitness levels and set new goals for self-improvement. This course provides students with the fundamentals, knowledge, and basic skills to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. One semester of Health along with their fitness requirement will provide learning opportunities to assess and understand personal choices. Various activities will be offered in the fitness center, multipurpose room, gymnasium, and outdoor fields.

    All sophomores will enroll in Fitness 102.
  • 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, weigh options, make responsible decisions, and develop behaviors that promote a healthy lifestyle. The following related topics are included: stress management, nutrition, body image, cardiovascular disease, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and human sexuality. Activities include: lecture, small group and class discussions, journaling in Teen Compass, group presentations, videos, and guest speakers. Grades are based upon daily participation, homework and assessments.

    An online Women’s Health course is offered to students the summer before sophomore year. If they do not take the online version of the course, all sophomores must enroll in Women's Health Education.
  • PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT – 6851

    This elective offers students an opportunity to learn the skills needed to enhance their own fitness performance. Students will be exposed to, but not limited to the following topics, exercises, techniques and strategies to increase their performance: athletic fitness testing, SMART goals, bio-motor skills, strength & core exercises, Olympic/explosive lifts, speed/agility exercises, cardiovascular training, outdoor hiking, outdoor cycling, flexibility/mobility exercises, anatomy, nutritional strategies, recovery techniques/strategies, and heart rate monitoring.

    Grades 11 & 12
  • EXERCISE PROGRAMMING – 6852

    This elective focuses on the fundamentals of exercise programming and to highlight the essential, research based components of designing fitness programs. It is meant to serve as a resource and educational tool for students that are interested in a career in exercise science, strength & conditioning and/or personal training. In this class students will be learning and focusing on the following phases of programming: SMART goals, fitness assessments, foundation of fitness programming, instruction & application, mobility, movement prep & flexibility training, basics of program design including training phases, nutrition, personal training, cardiovascular training, and core training.

    Grades 11 & 12
  • BODIES IN MOTION: CARDIOVASCULAR – 6861

    This elective will expose students to various group exercise aerobic classes. They will not only actively participate in both live and video based classes but will practice leading peer to peer instruction. This course is geared toward any student interested in learning more about the group exercise offerings available in our community. Topics covered include: SMART goals, fitness assessments, heart rate monitoring, exercise leadership skills and choreography creation, Zumba, Kickboxing, DrumFit. There will also be an off-site field trip to 9Round, which is a kickboxing circuit studio in Wauwatosa.

    Grades 11 & 12
  • BODIES IN MOTION: MIND/BODY & STRENGTH – 6862

    This elective will expose students to various mind/body and strength classes. They will not only actively participate in both live and video based classes but will practice leading peer to peer instruction. This course is geared toward students interested in learning more about the group exercise offerings available in our community. Topics to be covered include: SMART goals, fitness assessments, heart rate monitoring, exercise leadership skills, Pilates, yoga, balance and core classes as well as an exploration of guided and progressive relaxation techniques. There will also be an off-site field trip to Elite Clubs for a Barre Class.

    Grades 11 & 12
  • INTRAMURALS I – 6871

    This elective will expose students to various intramural style activities. Activities offered are designed to motivate students to strive for lifetime participation in physical activity with an emphasis on the health related components of physical fitness. Students will have the opportunity to acquire skills and knowledge to be used in their recreation or leisure time. Team, dual, individual and lifetime/adventure sports will be emphasized, while developing sound physical, cognitive and social habits. Topics to be covered but are not limited to: SMART goals, fitness assessments, heart rate monitoring, team sports: (small sided games) volleyball, flag football, ultimate Frisbee; individual/dual sports/lifetime activities: golf, pickleball or badminton; adventure education: rock Climbing (off-site), and nature hiking.

    Grades 11 & 12
  • INTRAMURALS II – 6872

    This elective will expose students to various intramural style activities. Activities offered are designed to motivate students to strive for lifetime participation in physical activity with an emphasis on the health related components of physical fitness. Students will have the opportunity to acquire skills and knowledge to be used in their recreation or leisure time. Team, dual, and individual sports will be emphasized, while developing sound physical, cognitive and social habits. Topics to be covered but are not limited to: SMART goals, fitness assessments, heart rate monitoring, team sports: basketball, soccer/speedball/team handball; individual/dual sports/lifetime activities: inline skating, badminton, omnikin ball; adventure education: archery, and nature hiking.

    Grades 11 & 12
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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