School Life

Health & Wellness

Chatham Day School’s Health & Wellness Program for grades preschool through eighth grade is designed to educate and support students in developing the physical, mental, social, and emotional competencies that will empower them to embrace active, healthy lifestyles.  Our comprehensive and sequential health curriculum, adapted in part from the National Health Education Standards and with the guidance of the Macmillan/McGraw-Hill Health & Wellness Series, includes interactive lessons and discussions on nutrition, sleep, exercise, media and body image, healthy relationships, safety, self-esteem, and hygiene.  

The Health & Wellness program is integrated into science education throughout the early childhood and lower divisions.  Topics include personal safety, hygiene, nutrition, family and friendship dynamics, and decision-making.   Students have the opportunity to learn about and practice skills through role-playing and are able to see the connections between what they are learning about their personal health and the science behind the human body and its growth and healthy development.

For the CDS sixth through eighth grade students, in addition to three days of physical education each week, students also participate in a yoga class and a health class as part of the Health and Wellness Program.  The yoga and health courses are taught in single-sex groups and will focus on developmentally-appropriate topics of wellness.
nutrition, sleep, exercise, media and body image, healthy relationships, safety, self-esteem, hygiene