HPE-141: Introduction to Health and Wellness

Health and Human Services
Fitness & Wellness
Fitness Leadership
Academic Level
Course Subject
Health & Physical Education
Course Number
Course Title
Introduction to Health and Wellness
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Catalog Course Description

Assesses current level of wellness and provides the tools necessary to improve and motivate the student to practice healthier lifestyles throughout adulthood. Covers environmental, reproductive, and psychological health; stress management; infectious disease; nutrition; chronic disease; aging; and physical fitness.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

To help students understand the multiple dimensions of health across the life span and the impact that lifestyle choices can have on overall health and well-being.

Core Course Topics
  1. Health: The foundation for life

    Analyze quackery and fraud in wellness and recall how and where to find legitimate answers to health questions.

  2. Reproductive health

    Recall methods and effectiveness of methods for family planning. Illustrate what behaviors increase the risk of sexually transmitted disease, how to recognize these diseases, and ways to protect from them.

  3. Drug use and abuse

    Evaluate risk for drug/alcohol misuse.

  4. Alcohol and tobacco

    Recall characteristics of drug/alcohol misuse. Recognize the dangers of smoking and how best to stop a smoking habit.

  5. Environmental health

    Evaluate physical surroundings for environmental hazards.

  6. Nutrition

    Demonstrate the basis of a healthy diet.

  7. Body weight and management

    Demonstrate how healthy fat loss, weight gain, and weight maintenance is achieved.

  8. Psychological health

    Recall the characteristics of positive psychological health.

  9. Stress and its management

    Recognize stressors in life and demonstrate various tools to help alleviate these stresses. Evaluate stress level and skills useful in controlling stress.

  10. Violence and abuse

    Recognize symptoms of abuse and how to seek assistance.

  11. Physical fitness

    Design a program for improvement of strength, cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance and flexibility. Recognize what is considered a good level of physical fitness.

  12. Infectious disease

    Describe actions that decrease risk of infectious disease.

  13. Chronic Disease

    Evaluate risk for developing disease (cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular) and learn ways to decrease this risk.

  14. Diagnosis, prevention, and cancer treatment

    Develop a plan to decrease risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.

  15. Aging, dying, and death

    Assess preparedness for death.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Assessment of academic achievement will be identified and implemented by the class instructor. Methods will include, but not be limited to, individual projects, vocabulary, class participation (discussion and critiques), and tests.


To be determined by the instructors that teach the course. All sections should use the same agreed upon textbook.


Satisfies Wellness Requirement

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Other Details

Determined by department.

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2019
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date
Review Semester
Fall 2019