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Course Content and Outcomes Guide for HE 295 Effective Fall 2021

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. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Note: Students taking HE 295 to complete the Health/Wellness/Fitness requirement of the AAOT Degree or the Health requirement of the AS Degree are required to take PE 295.  It is encouraged, though not required, to take these courses during the same term.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course 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