Health and Fitness for Life

Course Number: HPE 295
Transcript Title: Health & Fitness for Life
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: August 27, 2019
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

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

  • The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.

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

Columbia Gorge Community College Science Department stands by the following statement regarding science instruction:

Science is a fundamentally nondogmatic and self-correcting investigatory process. Theories (such as biological evolution and geologic time scale) are developed through scientific investigation and are not decided in advance. As such, scientific theories can be and often are modified and revised through observation and experimentation. “Creation science," “Intelligent design” or similar beliefs are not considered legitimate science but a form of religious advocacy. This position is established by legal precedence (Webster v. New Lenox School District #122, 917 F. 2d 1004).

The Science Department at Columbia Gorge Community College therefore stands with organizations such as the National Association of Biology Teachers in opposing the inclusion of pseudo-sciences in our science curricula except to reference and/or clarify its invalidity.