Personal Fitness & Wellness

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Course Number: PE101
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This course explores numerous topics related to overall lifestyle, health, fitness and aging. Specific topics focus on understanding personal choice and the responsibility for health and wellness through lifestyle choices. Topics include personal risk assessment, understanding health care costs, weight control, flexibility and stress management. The course culminates with the development of a personal health and fitness plan. Throughout the course selected practical experiences, such as fitness assessments and caloric intake/expenditure estimates are provided to guide the learning process.

Several fitness labs are required for course completion including the participation in a timed 5k run event (or similar) and completion of the Presidential Fitness Challenge.

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  • 10/20/14 by casey.s
    The lectures are hard to hear. The website is super slow and sometimes I couldn't get things to load at all. The mess that I went through for 3 days trying to get my final scheduled could have been avoided as well. I am also extremely unhappy with the fact that I was able to use my text book and notes but since I bought the ebook I was only allowed to pull it up on my computer. I have been using my ipad and it worked fine but for the final they said I could pull it up in a separate screen but after 10 minutes of trying to get it to load I gave up. I could have scored but better on the final if I had the book since there were many questions on there that weren't on the quizzes but I'm sure were in the text.
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  • 10/20/14 by casey.s
    The lectures are hard to hear. The website is super slow and sometimes I couldn't get things to load at all. The mess that I went through for 3 days trying to get my final scheduled could have been avoided as well. I am also extremely unhappy with the fact that I was able to use my text book and notes but since I bought the ebook I was only allowed to pull it up on my computer. I have been using my ipad and it worked fine but for the final they said I could pull it up in a separate screen but after 10 minutes of trying to get it to load I gave up. I could have scored but better on the final if I had the book since there were many questions on there that weren't on the quizzes but I'm sure were in the text.
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  • 9/21/14 by andrea.e
    This course was easy to understand. It seemed the questions on the quizzes went in to quite a bit of depth and asked very specific questions rather than general concept type of things, but all in all this course was easy to complete.
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  • 9/21/14 by andrea.e
    This course was easy to understand. It seemed the questions on the quizzes went in to quite a bit of depth and asked very specific questions rather than general concept type of things, but all in all this course was easy to complete.
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  • 9/16/14 by bjshelton86
    book and tests did not really go together. would suggest a physical book as it may be easier to read
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  • 9/16/14 by bjshelton86
    book and tests did not really go together. would suggest a physical book as it may be easier to read
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  • 9/13/14 by bjshelton86
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  • 8/8/14 by jaderhody
    A little challenging fitness class
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  • 8/8/14 by jaderhody
    A little challenging fitness class
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  • 6/3/14 by bikepack
    To me, the concept of a mandatory collegiate "fitness" class is absurd. I found the "activities" most absurd. But I have been athletic AND involved in "life activities" all my life. I also generally eat well and understand the concept of eating "well". I realize there are many, many people who view activity and healthy eating as an external, foreign concept. I also realize there are many who have food AND activity neurosis, but remain unfit. This course may suit them well, but also enforce the idea that common sense eating and activity is complicated and therefore an extrinsic aspect of their life. A note on the 5k assignment: there are those that run local 5k's often. These 5k's do not qualify for the assignment, as there is no official website posting of results. So, for students that do not live in or near major metropolitan areas, finding a 5k that meets this criteria can be problematic; research this before enrolling.
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  • 3/6/14 by bikepack
    To me, the concept of a mandatory collegiate "fitness" class is absurd. I found the "activities" most absurd. But I have been athletic AND involved in "life activities" all my life. I also generally eat well and understand the concept of eating "well". I realize there are many, many people who view activity and healthy eating as an external, foreign concept. I also realize there are many who have food AND activity neurosis, but remain unfit. This course may suit them well, but also enforce the idea that common sense eating and activity is complicated and therefore an extrinsic aspect of their life. A note on the 5k assignment: there are those that run local 5k's often. These 5k's do not qualify for the assignment, as there is no official website posting of results. So, for students that do not live in or near major metropolitan areas, finding a 5k that meets this criteria can be problematic; research this before enrolling.
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  • 9/4/13 by braylon.f
    I found the quizzes challenging. The labs were relevant, it was difficult completing the last one.
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Course Objectives

After completing this Personal Fitness & Wellness course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the health care costs in the USA.
  • Understand the specific health and disease challenges within our society.
  • Assess personal health risk through evaluation of fitness parameters and lifestyle choices.
  • Understand the changing health and fitness challenges with aging.
  • Understand the basic response to cardiovascular and strength based exercise programs.
  • Understand the importance of flexibility and ‘back’ health.
  • Understand the causes of daily stress and selected management techniques.
  • Understand the basic role of diet and general nutrition in overall health.
  • Understand how to design and basic exercise program oriented towards addressing my personal health and fitness goals.
Topic Lesson Topic Objectives
1 Health Care in the USA
  • This tutorial evaluates the methods and costs of health care delivery in the US. Specific focus is placed on the quality of care provided as a function of cost and in comparison to other nations.
2 Health of the Nation 2020
  • This tutorial reviews the major disease threats and incidence of lifestyle related diseases in the US, such as heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. Specific attention is paid to prevalence within ethnic groups in addition to other risk factors.
3 Personal Health and Fitness Assessment
  • This tutorial guides you in assessing your own personal risk for selected conditions based on lifestyle and fitness scores. Fitness assessments and health risk questionnaires are used in this evaluation tutorial.
4 Health Benefits of Physical Activity
  • This tutorial focuses on understanding the key terms associated with Cardiovascular Disease (CVD, it’s physiology, the role of activity in preventing CVD, age related changes, and the overall benefits of physical activity as it relates to total health and well-being.
5 Aerobic Exercise for Fitness
  • This tutorial focuses on understanding the changes that take place as a result of properly designed aerobic exercise. Specific focus is placed on the cardiovascular changes that take place including heart rate, blood pressure, and other related variables.
6 Strength Training for Health and Fitness
  • This tutorial focuses on the changes that take place within the musculoskeletal and hormonal system as a result of strength training. Specific focus is placed on muscle fiber changes, bone health, balance and preservation of function.
7 Exercise, Nutrition and Health for Weight Control
  • This tutorial focuses on understanding the role of exercise and nutrition in the maintenance of a healthy body composition. Specific focus is placed on energy expenditure during exercise and energy consumption through diet and the optimum design of a diet and exercise program to control body composition.
8 Flexibility and Back Health
  • This tutorial focuses on the role of flexibility and strength in the overall role of maintaining healthy posture and function. The mechanisms of strength and methods to improve flexibility are studied with a specific focus of maintaining back health and general function.
9 Managing Stress in your Daily Life
  • This tutorial focuses on identifying and addressing sources of stress in your daily life. The role of stress, both positive and negative, is discussed along with appropriate mechanisms on coping with stress.
10 Designing an Exercise Program for your Personal Health and Wellness
  • This tutorial focuses on guiding you through the principles of exercise program design. Specific attention is placed on choice of exercises, amount of time spent on exercise and progressions.
11 Substance Abuse
  • This tutorial focuses on drugs, drug use, addition and other issues that contribute to the loss of health and various health concern.

Course Review
  • Review of the course topics

There are no prerequisites to take the 'Physical Education, Health & Wellness' course.

The required eTextbook for this course is included with your course purchase at no additional cost. More information on StraighterLine eTextbooks

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The goal of Concepts of Physical Fitness: Active Lifestyles for Wellness--described in terms of the “HELP” philosophy stated above-—is to help all people make personal lifestyle changes that promote health, fitness, and wellness over a lifetime. Organized into concise concepts that make it easy for students to learn, Concepts of Physical Fitness is now integrated with online activities and assessments that enable students to apply the latest research on fitness and wellness to their own lives.
*New HELP activities encourage students to reflect, think critically, and apply the HELP philosophy to their lives.
*New icons link text to additional online features and resources, interactive quizzes, video activities, and study aids.
*Chapter-opening Health Goals reflect the priorities of Healthy People 2020, helping students link personal goals with national goals.
*In the News boxes inform students about current topics, trends, reports, and research findings, and Strategies for Action boxes provide practical tips for applying that information to their own lives.
*Detailed illustrations show students exactly how to perform strength training and flexibility exercises.

StraighterLine provides a percentage score and letter grade for each course. A passing percentage is 70% or higher.

If you have chosen a Partner College to award credit for this course, your final grade will be based upon that college's grading scale. Only passing scores will be considered by Partner Colleges for an award of credit.

There are a total of 1000 points in this course.


Final Proctored Exam

The final exam is developed to assess the knowledge you learned taking this course. All students are required to take an online proctored final exam in order complete the course and be eligible for transfer credit.

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This course explores numerous topics related to overall lifestyle, health, fitness and aging. Specific topics focus on understanding personal choice and the responsibility for health and wellness through lifestyle choices. Topics include personal risk assessment, understanding health care costs, weight control, flexibility and stress management. The course culminates with the development of a personal health and fitness plan. Throughout the course selected practical experiences, such as fitness assessments and caloric intake/expenditure estimates are provided to guide the learning process.

Several fitness labs are required for course completion including the participation in a timed 5k run event (or similar) and completion of the Presidential Fitness Challenge.

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