Physical Well Being
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.
- To develop life-long habits of good health and physical
- To increase awareness of the centrality of health and wellness
for pursuit of a good life.
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."