PHED170 Individual Fitness and Wellness
Department of Health, Physical Education & Nursing: Physical Education
Course Number and TitlePHED170 Individual Fitness and Wellness
Number of Credits2 credits
Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester2250 minutes
Other Pertinent InformationThis course fulfills a Personal Health Requirement in Category I: Essential Skills and Perspectives and the Category III requirements of the Core Curriculum at Bucks County Community College for Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving and Responsible Citizenship.
Catalog Course DescriptionThis course is designed to guide the student to develop a personal fitness program utilizing concepts of muscle physiology and nutrition. Each student will be evaluated and an individual exercise and nutrition program will be recommended.
Required Course Content and Direction
- The student will learn valid concepts of exercise physiology and how to apply them to a chosen activity.
- The student will learn valid concepts of nutrition and how to apply them to his own diet.
- This course will emphasize that wellness is more than not being sick—it’s an approach to health that aims to reduce the risk of serious illness.
- This course will emphasize the importance of physical exercise as a means of maintaining wellness and preventing health problems in later life.
- This course will provide an understanding of the interactions among diet, stress, and physical exercise with wellness.
- This course will provide motivation for the student to make meaningful changes in his lifestyle to improve and maintain his health.
- This course will demonstrate through progression and self-improvement that exercise is self-fulfilling, organically beneficial and personally enjoyable.
This course satisfies the requirements for the BCCC Core Curriculum.
Core Learning Goals:
- develop attitudes, values, and skills which promote physical and emotional well-being to extend over the course of their lives.
Core Learning Objectives:
- recognize the components of wellness, exercise, and diet that contribute to life long physical, and mental wellness. (1)
- practice wise choices regarding exercise and diet. (1)
- apply appropriate skills to manage stress and anxiety in order to maintain holistic health. (1)
- describe the links between behavior and health over the course of a lifetime. (1)
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving:
- integrate and /or combine knowledge from multiple sources to create new knowledge.
- reason from what they know to form new knowledge, draw conclusions, solve problems, explain, decide, and /or predict. (Inductive and/or Deductive Reasoning Skills)
Responsible Citizenship: The student will be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of major ethnical concerns.
- demonstrate familiarity with contemporary environmental issues.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:
- Basic physiology of exercise
- principles of warm-up, stretching, and cool down
- basic anatomy of muscles and joints
- fiber type
- Muscular contractions: isotonic, isometric, and isokinetic.
- Muscular metabolism
- Applied physiology of exercise
- principles of an exercise prescription:
- frequency, intensity, time
- overload, progressive resistance, specificity, recovery
- physiological effects of regular anaerobic exercise
- physiological effects of regular aerobic exercise
- Cross-training and how a variety of activities contribute to cardiovascular and total fitness
- The role of diet and nutrition – What is a quality diet?
- weight management and body composition
- cardiovascular disease and atherosclerosis
- heat balance, fluid, and electrolyte consumption
- role of the nutrients in energy metabolism
- relationship among stress, diet, and exercise
- Concepts of recuperation, positive adaptation, and deconditioning
- immediate and correct care of athletic injuries
- evaluation of fitness progress and self-testing
- How to critically review the current literature in the areas of nutrition and physiology of exercise
- Definition of the concepts ‘fitness” and “wellness”
- Fitness evaluation; flexibility tests, strength tests, body composition and weight assessment, cardiovascular assessment
Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:Text is selected by physical education faculty. The instructor of each section in the Course Format will provide details.
Teaching Methods EmployedThe instructor, in the Course Format, will specify the policies governing student evaluation, grades, and attendance. The full-time faculty teaching the course will select the required textbook.
Review/Approval Date - 12/03; Core Goals/Objectives added 6/04