Health

Improve Wellness

We provide a safe, structured space outside of school hours that promotes lifelong study, exercise and nutritional habits.

Objectives

Scholars achieve demonstrable improvement in aerobic and anaerobic fitness measures annually.

Scholars develop the independent exercise, study and nutritional habits necessary to live a healthy and fulfilling life.

They have reduced probability of future physical and mental health issues and increased life expectancy compared to similar demographic groups.

Fitness

With squash being one of the most challenging cardio workouts, it is important to prepare the body for this type of activity. Therefore, squash sessions also include a physical fitness component. This ranges from interval training, strength and endurance training, speed and agility training, plyometric training, core stability training, and more.

Scholars learn to track their health outcomes by logging workouts via Google Sheets and their journals and are rewarded by leveling up 5 on fitness tests. Workouts are often sent home digitally over school breaks to ensure that scholars stay active when regular programming is not in session! Students often participate in additional ad-hoc fitness training outside on the track or at the Downtown Club.

Nutrition

Being a healthy student-athlete starts with eating right. A key goal of our organization is to create habitual awareness of how the body responds to different foods and to help students develop strategies for encouraging healthier eating during the school day and with their families at home.

Typical activities include nutrition and cooking workshops, food diaries and meal planning activities. These often take place in conjunction with parents and guardians. Furthermore, only healthy foods and water provided are allowed for both staff and scholars to enforce our program’s healthy eating habits.

Each year, Mission Squash delivers 1,000 hours of fully staffed Squash, Fitness and Nutrition programming, including 10 hours of family nutrition workshops and student nutrition workshops with our partner Memorial Hermann Ironman Sports Medicine Institute. Additionally, from time to time, students take part in athletic activities outside of squash like rock climbing, soccer, or calisthenics, and learn about other aspects of mind and body wellness through workshops and trips.

From a Parent

“We are very grateful for being part of the Mission Squash family. They have helped my daughter learn life lessons like, organizing one’s schedule, responsibility, friendship, and reaching goals. They have helped me to tutor her in her harder subjects. I have seen her attitude become more positive, she is more focused. We were not expecting the amount of value we were going to get out of this program. They have become a second family for Gabby and that is the most helpful, valuable part of my daughter’s life. Thank you Mission Squash.”

– Roberto
Gabby’s Dad

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