St. Joseph's Academy

Wellness

St. Joseph’s Academy embraces a holistic approach to education. We focus on our students’ physical, mental, social and emotional wellbeing.

 
Our young women experience a total learning environment that responds to the characteristics and needs of students as adolescents; as members of an affluent society; as young women seeking to form personally fulfilling career plans; as healthy and physically fit young adults; and as persons living in the 21st century.

As we look to the future, our vision turns to enhancing our health and wellness curriculum, expanding our intramural athletic program and furthering the wellbeing of each student through exercise, conditioning and learning opportunities focused on healthy lifestyles.

Health and Wellness Curriculum
The Health and Physical Education curriculum includes a health and wellness component interwoven with physical education classes for grades 9-12. The four-year curriculum helps students develop interests and skills in life-long activities that encourage a healthy lifestyle. Students enjoy opportunities to participate in individual, lifetime and team sports. Students develop an appreciation of movement, physical fitness, self-discipline and the wise use of leisure time.

The curriculum also includes a FIT elective for students interested in developing or improving their fitness on a higher level with the ultimate goal of competing in a triathlon or biathlon. A PE Accelerate elective appeals to students who want to bring a different level of intensity to physical education.

Intramural Athletics
SJA offers an engaging intramural athletic program. In recent years, several new sports were introduced, including pickle ball and prison ball. Clinics were held to ascertain student interest in Ultimate Frisbee and lacrosse. Ongoing efforts are geared to exploring program options to further appeal to student interests.

Walking Trail
As we continue to expand our wellness program, we created a walking trail around the perimeter of our beautiful orchard in close proximity to the Activity Center and the Academy Student Center. Our young women, faculty and staff enjoy opportunities for physical activity to improve fitness and mental health.

Athletic Trainer
A full-time athletic trainer evaluates and treats student-athletes during lunch hours as well as after school. She also provides game coverage for all home athletic events and playoffs.

The athletic trainer teaches two sports medicine electives at SJA. These popular courses allow students to explore careers in the field; prevent, treat and rehabilitate athletic injuries; and study emergency procedures, nutrition, human anatomy and sports psychology.

School Nurse
A full-time school nurse helps ensure a healthy school environment. She provides first aid and emergency care; health-related communications with the school community; and health advisories as needed. She works with school counselors and members of the administration on student health issues. Our nurse administers prescribed and over-the-counter medications as needed and maintains student health records. She also coordinates health screenings, including annual flu vaccines.

Dining Hall

SJA partners with SAGE Dining Services to provide nutritious and delicious meals for our students. SAGE cooks from scratch and maximizes its use of raw and minimally processed food. Food is grilled, baked, broiled or sautéed to avoid frying. SAGE uses fresh fruits and vegetables and offers whole-grain breads, bagels and rolls. A meatless entrée is offered daily, as are fresh salads. Food is prepared using fresh herbs and spices, reducing the use of salt.

Two hot entrées, made-from-scratch soups, grilled sandwiches, traditional Louisiana favorites and fresh baked goods are offered daily. SAGE also provides resources to help students make good nutritional choices. Cooking/nutrition and wellness demonstrations enable students to learn about ingredients, world cuisines and cooking methods.
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