Health & Wellness

The Health & Wellness curriculum is an integral part of the total Thayer experience. The program is designed to give students the informational background they need to make responsible decisions when it comes to living a healthy, active, safe and productive lifestyle. The Health & Wellness Department provides each student with an opportunity to be exposed to and experience an array of health- and fitness-related courses.

Health and Wellness Courses Required for Graduation:

  • Freshman: Introduction to Health & Wellness, Fitness Concepts/Team Building (both required, year long) Sophomore: Nutrition, Current Issues & Lifetime Activities (required, year long)
  • Junior: Decisions (required, second semester)
  • Senior: CPR/AED/First Aid (required, first semester)

Introduction to Health

This course is designed to provide updated health-related information which will help students make positive and informed decisions. The following topics, among others, will be discussed: drugs, alcohol, sexual behaviors, bullying & harassment, relationships, respect for others, tobacco, sun & skin, self-image, eating disorders and depression. (Freshman requirement, once a week all year.)

Fitness Concepts/Team Building

Students will learn how one’s body responds to various types of exercise by participating in fitness circuits that focus on muscular fitness, cardiovascular capacity and flexibility. Students discuss the importance of proper technique and following the basic principles in order to achieve maximum benefits. Throughout the year, students will also work together and participate in various Team Building activities. Team Building initiatives are a great opportunity to work on communication skills, decision-making, cooperation, problem solving, patience and learning to support and encourage. (Freshman requirement, once a week all year.)

Nutrition, Current Issues, & Lifetime Activities

This course introduces students to variety of topics that influence lifelong habits and goals. Students will learn the basic concepts of nutrition and will develop tools for healthy eating. Students will evaluate their individual dietary needs and learn to make informed decisions in improving and managing their diet. Topics covered include the function of essential nutrients, life cycle needs, diets for athletes, and the role of nutrition and disease management. Students will also take a look at some moral dilemmas teens are faced with today, in an effort to establish healthy decision-making and goal setting. College counselors will engage the students in interest and career exercises, helping them better understand how high school performance and involvement impact the college admission process. Students will receive guidance on course selection, standardized testing, and extracurricular participation. In addition, they will create accounts on Naviance, an online resource for college and career planning. Finally, students will be exposed to a variety of lifetime activities in which basic skills and knowledge are taught. Activities include Archery, Tennis, Golf, Badminton and Volleyball. (Sophomore requirement, once a week all year.)


The purpose of this seminar-style course is to provide a better understanding of your adolescent self – on both a personal level and within the constructs of our society. You will examine the many decisions that are part of the adolescent experience. Throughout the term, the College Counseling Department will introduce students to the college search process. (Junior requirement, once a week, second semester)

CPR/AED/First Aid

Seniors participate in an American Red Cross class where they will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course. At the time the course is offered, students already certified in Adult & Pediatric CPR/AED and Basic First Aid will be exempt from this course. (Senior requirement, once a week, first semester)

Sports Medicine

The course will include class work and hands-on application in the areas of prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of sports injuries. Students will learn the essential components of an effective sports medicine program and the different career options available. Students will utilize video analysis and simulation in order to learn event preparation and emergency management of common injuries. Students will have an overview of anatomy, physiology, and the kinetics as they apply to the science of sports medicine. (Junior/Senior Elective, 1st or 2nd semester, twice a week)