Health & Wellness

The Health and 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 and 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: Freshman Health & Wellness, Fitness Concepts (both required, year long)
  • Sophomore: Sophomore Health & Wellness (required, year long)
  • Junior: Decisions (required, first or second semester)
  • Senior: Senior CPR Certification (required, first semester)

Freshman Health and Wellness

This course is designed to provide updated health-related information, which will help guide students in making positive and informed decisions regarding their present and future well-being. A variety of topics are presented and typically fall under three components: Unhealthy and Risky Behaviors, Human Sexuality and Healthy Relationships, Mental and Emotional Health. The class format is discussion based with media presentations, outside speakers, group presentations and activities. Freshman requirement, full year, meets 1 time per week.

Freshman Fitness Concepts

Students 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 in following basic principles in order to achieve maximum benefits. Throughout the year, students will work together and participate in various team building activities and team games. These activities provide students with an opportunity to work on communication skills, decision-making, cooperation, problem solving, patience and learning to support and encourage. Freshman requirement, full year, meets 1 time per week.

Sophomore Health and Wellness

This course introduces students to a variety of topics that influence lifelong habits and goals. Students learn basic concepts of nutrition and develop tools for healthy eating. Students 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, Yard Games and Volleyball. Sophomore requirement, full year, meets 1 time per week.

Junior Decisions

In this seminar style course, students will examine “risk/reward” decisions confronted by students with regard to drug and alcohol use, sexual behaviors, relationships with family and friends, mental health concerns and legal issues of young adults. Throughout the term, the College Counseling Department conducts several classes to introduce students to the college search process. Junior requirement, first or second semester, meets 1 time per week.

Senior CPR Certification

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. Senior requirement, first semester, meets 1 time per week.

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 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. Full year, meets 2 times per week.

Sports Management

Provides an overview of management and administration pertaining to all levels of athletics. Focuses on basic theories of management and administration in athletic organizations. Addresses planning, sports marketing, scheduling, SWOT Analysis, Corporate Social Responsibility and coaching philosophies required to run a successful athletics program. Offers students an opportunity to learn and to develop communication management skills with an emphasis placed on decision-making. First semester, meets 1 time per week.