PHED 1101

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Catalog Description

This course explores specific topics which promote healthy pro-active lifestyles.  Each
topic covered includes applied skills to make good lifestyle choices.  Focus topics and
skills are: exploring the various dimensions that affect healthy living, eliminating
self-defeating behaviors, assessing the health-related components of physical fitness
and designing and implementing a personal fitness prescription.

REQUIRED TEXT A Wellness Way of Life, by Gwen Robbins, Debbie Powers and
Sharon Burgess, Brown and Benchmark publishers, (newest edition)

Expected Educational Results

  1. As a result of successfully completing this course, students should be able to:
  2. Identify and define the basic components of healthy lifestyles.
  3. Identify behaviors that promote healthy lifestyles.
  4. Describe self-defeating lifestyle behaviors.
  5. Assess their current fitness level for the health-related components of physical fitness.
  6. Participate in a variety of activities that would promote the health-related components of physical fitness.
  7. Write personal programs for physical fitness improvement.
  8. Explain the inter-relationship between the wellness dimensions.
  9. Develop plans to implement change in all dimensions of wellness.

10. Improve their cardiorespiratory fitness level

General Education Outcomes

I.   Students develop speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in the following ways:
     1. They develop their speaking skills through peer group activities, class discussions, and more formal

         activities such as panel presentations and individual oral presentations.
     2. They develop their listening skills through note taking in class and responding to oral and technical

     3. They develop reading skills through comprehension of textbook materials, analysis of research materials
         and evaluation of secondary sources.
     4. They develop writing skills by planning, composing, and revising short reports and research papers.

II.  Students demonstrate effective critical thinking and problem-solving skills in the following ways:
     1.  They learn to analyze and interpret research materials.
     2.  They learn to understand and incorporate others’ ideas.
     3.  They learn to collaborate within a group to produce a group report, consensus or position.
     4.  They learn how to measure muscle strength and endurance, cardiorespiratory endurance, flexibility and

          body composition and to interpret the results.

III. Students apply basic concepts of health and wellness and utilize activities to promote health and fitness in the

     following ways:
    1.  They learn the various components of health and wellness and strategies to incorporate changes in

          behavior to promote those components.
    2. They learn the risk factors of various diseases and conditions and ways to reduce those risks.
    3. They learn the value of physical fitness and how to improve their own fitness levels.
    4. They learn how to assess their five health related components of physical fitness and how to design and

         implement a personal fitness program.

Course Content

   1. Lifestyle appraisal
   2. The five stages of (behavioral) change
   3. Factors affecting growth in wellness
   4. Wellness dimensions
          i. Physical
         ii. Emotional
        iii. Occupational
        iv. Social
         v. Intellectual
        vi. Spiritual
       vii. Environmental
   5. Pre and post testing of the five health-related components of physical fitness
         i. Body composition
        ii. Cardiorespiratory fitness
       iii. Muscle strength
       iv. Muscle endurance
        v. Flexibility
  6. Participate in class activities to improve body composition, cardiorespiratory endurance, muscle fitness, and

  7.  Designing personal fitness plans
  8.  Heart health
  9.  Nutrition and weight control
10.  Substance abuse
11.  Stress management
12.  Common injuries & special considerations
13.  Prevention of cancer & sexually transmitted diseases
14.  Promoting healthy lifestyles for the future
15.  Cardiorespiratory Activities
16. Testing for cardiorespiratory endurance