Core Curriculum

Physical Well Being

 

A "strong sense of community and service" is evident in Dr. Lisa Farley's course, Walking, Wagging, and Wellness.  This course assists students in developing life-long habits of good health and multidimensional wellness by integrating physical activity, civic awareness, and community service. Students partner with the Humane Society of Indianapolis to provide physical activity and play for the animals, learn through service to the community, and improve their own fitness and awareness that health and wellness are central to living a good life.  "All students,"Farley says, "need to understand that wellness can be honed in a wide variety of ways."  In this course, she continues, students work on their own physical, mental, social and emotional wellness "in a realistic setting that demonstrates our ability to focus on helping others…. Working in a place that has no obvious connection to schools or wellness and demonstrating the real-life application of both wellness and servanthood is a win-win for all."

Dr. David McCullough, Director of Athletic Bands, also saw that the pursuit of physical health and wellness can occur where you might least expect it.  The "physical warm-ups and stamina-increasing exercises by Marching Band members, as well as the use of 'The Breathing Gym' program for wind players, makes us a better sounding band," he explains.  And the investment that students show in the Band, and the leadership skills they develop as section coordinators and drum majors, are significant.  "In the long run," though, McCullough explains, "we hope they come to realize how the life-long addition of music and music-making can add to a healthy and satisfying life."

Course Structure

A one-credit, two contact-hour, pass/fail course selected from a menu of courses devoted to physical and health education and activities, taken any time in the first to fourth years.

Learning Objectives

  • To develop life-long habits of good health and physical activity.
  • To increase awareness of the centrality of health and wellness for pursuit of a good life.

Some examples of courses currently offered in Physical Well Being include:

Israeli Dancing
This course reflects cultural diversity and dance infusion of Israel. Dance as a lifetime movement activity is the primary emphasis with additional focus on a variety of dance performance, dance as a socially constructed pastime, lyrical interpretation, dance history, biblical and liturgical connections, and Hebrew and Arabic languages.

T'ai Chi
T'ai Chi is a traditional Chinese system of stress relief and exercise rooted in the martial arts. Recognizing and relieving stress in conjunction with increasing strength, balance, and coordination contribute to body and mind development. This balanced approach to wellness promotes good health, encourages lifespan physical activity, and an overall quality of life.

Weighing in on Optimal Health
Many college students battle body weight and body image issues. Optimal health requires more than exercise and proper nutrition. This course takes a holistic, quality of life approach to promote a physically active lifestyle as a healthy and sustaining approach to weight management across a lifespan.

Wagging, Walking, and Wellness
This course is designed to foster life-long habits of good health and multidimensional wellness by integrating physical activity, civic awareness, and community service. Emphasis will be on personal and social responsibility for optimal quality of life. Students will partner with the Humane Society of Indianapolis to provide physical activity and play for the animals, learning through service to the community, improved fitness and awareness that health and wellness are central to living a good life. Click here to view a media article highlighting this course.