Health & Wellness
At St. Joseph High School, we believe in educating the whole student - spiritually, academically, and physically.
Health & Wellness offers physical activities that emphasize cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, flexibility and agility and that students can participate in for a lifetime of health and wellness.
Teamwork, positive attitude, good sportsmanship and interactions with classmates are emphasized. The Health and Wellness curriculum encompasses topics such as cardio and weight training, basic human anatomy and musculature, nutrition and healthy eating habits, weight management, and program design and development.
All classes will have practical applications through sporting and exercise activities including volleyball, basketball, soccer, track and field, yoga, cycling, etc. with full access to the St Joe’s gymnasium, athletic fields and the new Health and Wellness Center.
What Does Fitness for Life Mean?
In 2018, St. Joseph High School officially opened our 4,500 square foot fitness center. In addition to offering students a great place to exercise during their study hall periods, the Center soon became a place where students could simply be themselves - feeling comfortable and safe as they aimed toward a lifetime goal of fitness and well-being - whether they are athletes or not.
The Health & Wellness Center is a place where students strive to incoporate the spirit, mind, and body into one entity. Here, students learn how to safely navigate a fitness center, create a basic fitness routine for themselves, and learn how proper nutrition can drastically change their lives. We strive to ensure that all students understand the incredible feats their bodies are capable of accomplishing.
In addition, a new course, “Fitness for Life”, was offered to freshman students beginning in 2019. The class introduces students to basic movement patterns and sports. In addition, sophomores have the option to take the “Intro to Health and Wellness” elective as a half semester course, which dives further into strength and conditioning, program design, nutrition and overall health.
Meet our Health & Wellness Center Director!
St. Joseph High School is proud to offer our students a full-time Director of Health & Wellness. Mrs. Alisha Thresher is here for our students before, during, and after school hours to assist with all of their questions and concerns. She teaches our Health & Wellness classes and directs the strength and conditioning sessions of all our athletes.
Mrs. Thresher earned her MS in Exercise Science at the California University of Pennsylvania, with a focus on Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation. She also holds a BS in Athletic Training and Sports Nutrition from Southern Maine University. Her experience ranges from coaching young mothers who want to lose “baby weight” to training soldiers for the Special Forces’ Ranger School to readying units preparing for combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Previously, Mrs. Thresher served as the Director of Health and Wellness at the Woodruff Family YMCA in Milford, CT. When not teaching or training others, Mrs. Thresher plays soccer (Southern Maine Huskies), runs marathons, and has an ironman triathlon to her credit. She has recently graduated to Crossfit competitions and trains with Crossfit Milford.