Physical Activity and Health
Role of physical activity and fitness in the prevention and reversal of disease, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, etc., and in the promotion of health.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesExSc 463, 464; or equivalents.
 TaughtFall odd years
Course Outcomes: 

Physical Activity and Chronic Disease

Understand the general relationships among physical activity and major risk factors and chronic diseases including: cardiovascular disease, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, diabetes, osteoporosis, and cancer. This will be accomplished through class lectures, papers, presentations, quizzes, and exams on these subjects.

Current Activity Guidelines and Benefits

Explain on a written exam current physical activity guidelines and associated health benefits of physical activity among the elderly, adults, and children.

Consequences of Physical Activity

Write about the positive and negative consequences of regular physical activity using a variety of formats, including article summaries and a research paper that will be evaluated by your teacher.

Following Physical Activity Guidelines

Participate in several physical activity experimental projects to gain personal experience with physical activity over the course of the semester and summarize each activity in an abstract that will be evaluated by your teacher.

Chronic Disease Risk Reduction

Explain on a written exam why and how physical activity reduces risk of chronic diseases, such as coronary heart disease, stroke, cancer, osteoporosis, and diabetes.

Topic-Specific Literature Review

Critically evaluate the scientific literature for a given physical activity and health topic. This will be accomplished through article reviews and binder of abstracts, a physical activity and health paper, and student-led scientific literature discussion.