Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
HE 295
Course Title:
Health and Fitness for Life
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Course Description

Explores the interrelationship of the five components of physical fitness, nutrition and stress management concepts and activities to increase individual health and wellness. Corequisites: PE 295. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion, students should be able to:

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

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

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Wellness Assessment
  • Behavior change project
  • Nutrition assessment
  • Written examinations
  • Critical analysis of material
  • Case Studies

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