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Health and Fitness for Life

Course Number: HPE 295
Transcript Title: Health & Fitness for Life
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: December 19, 2014
Total Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 20
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 30
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0
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Course Description

Explores the interrelationship of the five components of physical fitness, basic nutrition concepts, and stress management activities to increase individual health and wellness. Includes lab sessions, fitness assessments, and fitness program development. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

  1. Apply behavior change theories to assess and self reflect on health and fitness status
  2. Apply and evaluate wellness concepts that promote health and fitness
  3. Explore activity options to maintain and/or improve lifelong health and fitness

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Pre-testing and post-testing of physical fitness
  • Records, journals or portfolios documenting activities and progression
  • Document consistent participation in a variety of activities
  • Presentation of personal fitness program (written report, demonstrations)
  • Wellness Assessment
  • Behavior change project
  • Nutrition assessment
  • Written Examination
  • Critical analysis of material
  • Case Study

Course Activities and Design

  • Apply decision-making skills to fitness and health concepts
  • Apply fitness concepts to the wellness dimensions
  • Improve physical condition and personal wellness
  • Ability to design a lifelong fitness program

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Cardiovascular health and disease
  • Benefits and principles of cardiovascular fitness
  • Benefits and principles of muscular strength and endurance training
  • Ergogenic aids
  • Benefits and principles of flexibility training
  • Benefits and principles of body composition
  • Benefits and principles of stress management
  • General safety issues in fitness programs
  • Components and principles of behavior change
  • Principles of healthful nutrition
  • Media Literacy
  • Decision making criteria and process
  • Health Behavior Gap

Department Notes

  • In this course students evaluate their personal health status and become acquainted with the physical dimensions of health.
  • Students will be asked to relate the benefits of fitness as they apply to the other health dimensions. Students engage in a personal behavior change project with the goal of enhancing their personal health status.
  • Health and Fitness for Life is a transferable course. Students must simultaneously enroll in Health and Fitness for Life (Lab). Lab sections are available for students with disabilities.