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PEXS 4700


Department: Department of Physical Education, Exercise and Sport Sciences

Course Title: Lifetime Wellness for the Secondary School

Semester Hours: 3

Instructor: Dr. Diana Mozen

Office: E313 Memorial Center

Office Hours T&TH: 12:45-3:00; and by appointment

Phone: 439-6157


Text: Fahey, T., Insel, P. & Roth, W. (2009). Fit & Well (8th Edition), McGraw Hill Publishers.

Other school textbooks will be signed out during class.

Catalog Description: This class is designed to provide students with teaching skills and methods necessary for the instruction of lifetime wellness in the secondary school.

Course Objectives: (COE Conceptual Framework in parenthesis) This course is designed to prepare secondary school physical education teachers who can:

1. effectively present the attitudes and behaviors necessary for a healthy lifestyle. (Content & Professional knowledge)

2. effectively teach lifetime wellness to diverse populations within a variety

of environments. (Diversity)

3. apply modern technology in the promotion of lifetime wellness. (General knowledge)

4. incorporate cooperative learning activities in the presentation of wellness concepts. (Collaboration)

5. model a healthy wellness lifestyle. (Social Responsibility)

6. educate students to evaluate and select wellness services, practices, and products. (Caring)

7. effectively convey information regarding all aspects of wellness via writing skills.


Course Topics:

I. Lifetime Wellness Models

A. Methods of Delivery

B. Environments

C. Resources

1. Personnel

2. Materials

II. Disease Prevention and Control

A. Communicable


2. STDs

3. Hepatitis

B. Noncommunicable

1. Coronary Heart Disease

2. Cancer

3. Diabetes

4. High Blood Pressure

5. Stroke

III. Mental Health

A. Coping and Resistance Skills

B. Stress and Stress Management

C. Grief Process

D. Conflict Resolution

E. Suicide

IV. Nutrition

A. Nutrient and Energy Needs

B. Personal Dietary Needs

C. Eating Disorders

V. Physical Fitness and Related Skills

A. Assessment

B. Personal Fitness Program Planning

C. Exercise Equipment

D. Exercise Safety

VI. Safety and First Aid

A. Accident and Injury Prevention

B. Injuries and Sudden Illness

VII. Sexuality and Family Life

A. Human Reproduction

B. Gender Issues

C. Family Roles and Responsibilities

VIII. Substance Use/Abuse

A. Drugs

B. Alcohol

C. Tobacco

IX. Environmental & Community Health

^ Course Topics are based on content of the Lifetime Wellness Curriculum Framework (Grades 9-12), as established by Tennessee State Board of Education.

Class Activities:

  1. Students will observe and assist in the instruction of a 9th grade lifetime wellness class.

  2. Students will learn to teach team handball to high school students.

3. Students will read current articles relating to lifetime wellness topics from the internet as well as from professional journals.

4. Students will peer teach a lesson relating to lifetime wellness topics using technology.

5. Students will be required to write lesson plans.

6. Students will be required to write a minimum of two papers relating to issues from three of the seven strands of the Tennessee High School Lifetime Wellness Framework.

7. Students will be required to revise writing assignments after response from the instructor’s review of the assignments.

8. Students will administer and interpret the FitnessGram using the software available.

9. Students will be required to demonstrate knowledge of content through performance on written examinations.

10. Students will create a powerpoint to motivate h.s. students to value a healthy lifestyle.

11. Students will model positive wellness attributes throughout the class.

12. Students will interact with in-class guest speakers and attend out-of-class lectures and or workshops relating to wellness topics. A minimum of one speaker will be from a culture other than American and will discuss dietary differences. A minimum of one speaker will be from a culture other than American and will discuss differences in physical activity.

^ Field Experience Requirements: Students will be involved in a field experience of 25 hours in the instruction of 9th grade lifetime wellness in a public school and health fairs.

Course Evaluation: 40% Written Examinations - based on lectures and texts

15% Peer teaching Lesson /powerpoint

20% Writing Assignments

10% Participation: in-class & out of class activities

15% Documented Field Experience -Journal


^ Writing Assignments: 2 papers on health subjects from course topics. Each paper will consist of a title page, 6-7 text pages and a reference page. Text pages are to have one inch margins on top, bottom, and each side. APA style citing and references. Papers are to be either e-mailed or presented on disk so Plagiarism software can be applied.

Late Assignments: Any assignment (written or otherwise) will have 10% per day taken off.

Supplementary Readings and Materials:

1. The Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance

2. Strategies - A Journal For Physical and Sport Educators

3. The Journal of Health Education


American Red Cross (1993). Standard First Aid. St. Louis, MO: Mosby.

Baechle, T.R. & Groves, B.R. (1998). Weight Training: Steps to Success. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Greenberg, J. (1998). Health Education: Learner-Centered Instructional Strategies. Boston: McGraw-Hill.

Hoeger, W. K.& Hoeger, S. A. (1998). Lifetime Physical Fitness and Wellness. Englewood, CO: Morton.

Karony, S. & Ranken., A. L. (1993). Workouts with Weights. New York, NY: Sterling.

McAtee, R.E. (1993). Facilitated Stretching. Colorado Springs, CO: Human Kinetics.

Miller, D, K.& Allen, T. E. (1995). Fitness: A Lifetime Commitment. Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

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