Healthy Lifestyles Begin Here
John Carroll strives to give every student the tools they need to succeed in and out of the classroom. The WHOLE Program reflects that mission by offering a different approach to health science with classes intended to inspire lifelong well-being and overall fitness rather than focusing on competitive athletics.
Developing student awareness that a healthy lifestyle enables their ability to function in society and is critical to leading a full life is at the core of the WHOLE Program.
By building recognition that the best way to maintain health is to develop and preserve it; providing instruction and activities showing healthy choices in food and behaviors; promoting each students’ active participation in their own health as individuals & within the community; and offering support in identifying and achieving personal health goals, The John Carroll School aims to create the blueprint for every Patriot to live long and well.
Course Offerings in the WHOLE Program will help students be able to:
- Understand the definition of health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of infirmity
- Articulate why health is important to help combat diseases and recover from illnesses
- Study the factors for good health including genetics, the environment and lifestyle choices
- Evaluate the impact of nutrition, exercise, and individual choices on all areas of health
- Create strategies, structures, and routines for maintaining health such as having regular medical screenings, eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly
- Recognize that maintaining personal wellness and optimal health is a lifelong, daily commitment
- Contribute to the health of their community bringing both awareness and active engagement to health issues in both our local community and global community
The WHOLE program lays the groundwork for lifelong healthy habits to keep every Patriot at their personal best both as students and as active members of the larger community long after graduation.
Students learn about the health triangle: physical, mental, and social health. Emphasis is placed on decision making skills and goal setting as well as the role the students play in creating a healthy society. Students become health literate on topics as wide ranging as nutrition, substance abuse, sexually transmitted diseases, mental health, and lifestyle factors that support optimal health.
Students actively participate in both individual and team sports meant to provide skill development, healthy exercise, and teamwork building. Life time and recreational activities are stressed alongside athletic and sports education and experience.
Physical Education have always been graduation requirements at The John Carroll School; but the WHOLE Program goes beyond the basics. The new curriculum includes additional classes to give students the opportunity to explore Food and Nutrition and learn new techniques in Strength and Conditioning.
Food and Nutrition
Students will explore the practical science of food and nutrition with regards to health and wellness through classroom activities, documentaries, and self-directed projects. Once each cycle class will be conducted in a cooking lab and the semester concludes with preparing a dietary menu, a full meal, and crafting a community action project.
Strength and Conditioning
Students will learn modern strength and conditioning techniques in group classes and individual workouts. Each participant will be challenged to identify and work towards their own fitness goals as well as recognize the role that nutrition, relationships, and lifestyle choices play in strength and conditioning training as well as overall health.
Physical Education Elective
Students in this Junior/Senior elective have the opportunity for physical engagement and activity. Each participant will be challenged to develop individual sports skills and athletic prowess while also participating in teambuilding and lifelong exercise pursuits.
Outside Curricular Activities
Along with our course offerings John Carroll School strives to present several programmatic elements to help support good health including:
- Assemblies (cancer awareness, mental health, heart disease prevention)
- Clubs / Activities (weightlifting, bicycling, outdoor adventure activities)
- Community Support Programs (screenings and community awareness)
Mr. Jake Hollin