Bodies in Motion: Cardio
Bodies in Motion: Mind/Body & Strength
Intramurals I, II
Online Women’s Health (summer)
Students will complete ¼ credit each year, which will meet the graduation requirement for Physical Education/Wellness. Classes will be mixed (9th & 10th together and 11th & 12th together).
Department Philosophy & Goals
Maintaining a healthy balance in today’s world requires a great deal of skill, knowledge, and practice. The new Health and Wellness 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. In contrast to traditional physical education programs, DSHA is committed to embedding a physically active and healthy lifestyle throughout the students’ four years. This program supports the academic mission of the school, whole person education, as well as the lifelong health and well-being of our students. “The academic achievement of America’s youth is strongly linked with their health.” – Center for Disease Control 2014. There is myriad research that proves that 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 objective of the program is to support learning through enhanced student awareness and appreciation for lifestyles that are based on healthy attitudes and actions. Education is directed toward prevention and decreasing the risks of developing chronic lifestyles diseases such as Type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, as well as several forms of cancer.
In order to accomplish this vision on behalf of our students, each student’s schedule all four years will include a Wellness period during one of the eight periods. This innovative curriculum allows for regular exercise two days per week during all four years of high school. The other 2-3 days per week students will focus on her academic, social and emotional development by having access to ALPHA (Academic Learning Place for Higher Achievement), library and study hall resources, school counselors, campus ministers etc.
Wellness is much more than physical and mental health. Wellness is a full integration of physical, mental and spiritual well-being. It is a complex interaction that leads to quality of life. In collaboration with the total school community we are able to make connections to all Seven Dimensions of Wellness. The Seven Dimensions of Wellness are: social, emotional, spiritual, environmental, occupational, intellectual and physical wellness. Each of these seven dimensions act and interact in a ways that determine each individuals quality of life.
Gym Uniform Policy
During all PE classes students must wear the following DSHA approved gym-wear pieces. Gym wear is not acceptable during any other class period other than PE. Likewise, uniform pieces are not acceptable gym wear.
- DSHA gym shorts in black or red from Land's End (3 options: Mesh shorts, Mesh Athletic shorts, Piped Athletic short).
- DSHA sweatpants from Land's End in red or black.
- Students may wear the DSHA Land's End t-shirt in red or grey – OR any DSHA club, sport, or co-curricular activity spirit wear (t-shirt or long sleeve).
- DSHA crewneck or hooded gym sweatshirts in grey or red from Land's End.
*Special note: The old DSHA Gym uniform is acceptable. This includes shorts, t-shirt, sweatshirt, and sweatpants.
Click here to order gym uniforms through Land's End.