Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
PE 295
Course Title:
Health and Fitness for Life Lab
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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 through lab sessions, fitness assessments, and fitness program development. Corequisites: HE 295. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

In this course students evaluate their personal health status. They will participate in all five components of wellness during the class and experience their interconnection.
Health and Fitness Lab is a transferable course. Students must simultaneously enroll in HE 295 lecture. Lab sections are available for students with disabilities.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion, students should be able to:

  1. Evaluate their fitness
  2. Make informed choices in choosing exercise programs to maintain or improve their levels in the five components of physical fitness.
  3. Make informed lifestyle choices that will maintain their physical fitness throughout their lives.

Course Activities and Design

  • Improve physical condition and personal wellness
  • Ability to design a lifelong fitness program

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)

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Benefits and principles of cardiovascular fitness
  • Benefits and principles of muscular strength and endurance training
  • Benefits and principles of flexibility training
  • Benefits and principles of body composition
  • General safety issues in fitness programs