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HNFE 5214: Physical Activity and Health

Concentration: Applied Nutrition and Physical Activity
Credits:  3 graduate credit(s)


This course enhances student knowledge and skills related to the concept of exercise is medicine and exercise science and physical activity as applied to healthy living.  Health appraisal; foundations of fitness training principles and prescription; nutrition and energy cost; physiological adaptations; and application of physical activity recommendations and exercise prescription for disease prevention and treatment will be explored.  Practical applications of exercise and physical activity for students interested in health promotion and/or disease prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation will be a focus.  


Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss the historical evolution of U.S. physical fitness recommendations as they relate to the health of the nation.
  2. Examine the etiology of diseases related to physical inactivity. 
  3. Evaluate the current scientific literature on diseases related to physical inactivity.
  4. Apply principles of lifestyle management, particularly exercise and nutrition, for health promotion and disease prevention within diverse populations.
  5. Illustrate concepts of, and interventions related to, health behavior change.
  6. Describe principles of physiological (metabolic and cardiorespiratory) adaptations to exercise, both acute and chronic.
  7. Demonstrate the value, protocols, and procedures for assessing cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular fitness, flexibility, and body composition.
  8. Design safe, effective, and enjoyable exercise programs for healthy adults.

Prerequisites and Corequisites

Graduate Standing


Angela Anderson