Curriculum

Optimal health results from healthy living. To be healthy, we need to live healthfully every day. Healthful living includes: developing a positive attitude towards life; eating fresh, whole, natural foods; regular exercise; getting plenty of rest and sleep; getting fresh air and sunshine; handling stress and avoid negative influences of life. In this course, we will look at health and well-being from a holistic perspective that involves balance and harmony of the mind, body and spirit. Holistic health is a philosophy of care that involves a wide range of approaches to establish and maintain balance within an individual. This course will offer guidance in your journey to living a balanced life through holistic health. (3 Credits)

HH 101 Course Objectives:

  • Learn how to identify your health habits and the features of an ideal health profile
  • Define nutrition and identify components of healthful nutrition
  • Discuss the development of the supplement industry and identify uses for nutritional supplements and herbal remedies
  • Explain various types of exercise and list the benefits of regular physical activity
  • Identify different types of stress, explain the effects of stress on the body and list ways to reduce stress
  • Identify characteristics of a healthy relationship and ways to develop healthy relationships
  • Describe the difference between religion and spirituality
  • Illustrate ways to create balance between work and life
  • Identify the environmental effects on health and ways to create a healing environment
  • Define gelotology and learn how to take life lightly by adding humor to your work and home life
  • Learn how to become an advocate for your own health and describe ways to create a healing relationship with a healthcare practitioner

Stress is an inevitable part of our daily lives. Stress and the ways that we deal with the stressors of everyday life can affect the body in a multitude of ways. Stress, whether positive or negative, can have a cumulative effect on the body. The “stress response” triggers a hormonal cascade of events in the body that gives us the extra energy to deal with a stressful situation. This course will focus on ways to identify stressors (internal and external), identify what triggers a stress response, ways to minimize exposure to stressors and, lastly, ways to effectively manage our response to stress from a holistic perspective. (3 Credits)

HH 102 Course Objectives:

  • Define stress
  • Identify stressors, both positive and negative
  • Discuss holistic stress management
  • Identify and explain effective coping skills for stress
  • Identify and explain different relaxation techniques
  • Identify stress hormones
  • Discuss the relationship between diet and stress
  • Explain how exercise reduces stress hormones
  • Identify ways to incorporate stress management techniques into a daily routine
  • Learn how to create a personalized stress management plan

Across the world, people are interested in natural approaches to health, healing, and disease prevention. Many do not want to leave conventional treatments, but want a blended approach that integrates the best therapies from conventional medicine and complementary and alternative interventions. There are many choices when it comes to medicine and healthcare, but ultimately healing is up to you. The best medicine is going to be the one that works for you and becoming informed is the first step in the healing process. This course provides information about complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) with descriptions about many CAM modalities including the history, characteristics, uses, and modern applications of each modality. (3 Credits)

HH 103 Course Objectives:

  • Understand the basic concepts of complementary and alternative medicine
  • Review, evaluate and compare research findings examining efficacy and effectiveness of CAM
  • Learn about the various modalities of CAM
  • Illustrate a CAM modality with its historical progression, current uses and research
  • Explain the role of CAM and CAM professions in conventional medicine
  • Discuss strategies for incorporating CAM with conventional medicine

The saying goes, “Use it or lose it.” Movement is the most basic expression of energy output. Research has shown that physical deterioration and lack of function is due to a sedentary lifestyle. Lack of physical movement leads to an increased incidence of degenerative disease such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis and obesity. Regular physical activity and physical fitness are necessary to promote health, well-being and maintenance of a healthy body weight that allows us to live a longer, more active life. In this course, we will explore the physical and psychological benefits of physical activity, identify the components of fitness, determine how much exercise we need, identify types of exercise, discuss obstacles to exercise and ways to create healthy movement for a lifetime of health and vitality. (3 Credits)

HH 104 Course Objectives:

  • Define the National Health Goals as set forward by Healthy People 2020
  • Define health, wellness and fitness and discuss ways to achieve them
  • Identify self-management skills that will useful in making and adhering to lifestyle changes
  • Identify factors that will help you prepare for and make physical activity a part of a normal routine
  • Identify the health benefits of regular physical activity and good fitness
  • Understand how the physical activity pyramid is used for different types of physical activity to meet physical activity guidelines
  • Identify moderate intensity activities and explain the health and wellness benefits when performed regularly
  • Identify the appropriate types of exercise needed to promote cardiovascular health
  • Identify vigorous intensity activities and explain the health benefits associated this these exercises
  • Understand the scientific basis of muscular fitness
  • Describe how flexibility is needed for good health and optimal performance
  • Identify the methods for preventing  and reducing the risk for neck and back problems
  • Identify the principles and guidelines of athletic performance
  • Discuss the issues associated with being overweight and obese
  • Identify methods for maintaining a healthy body composition
  • Identify the factors that will help you to become a more informed consumer of fitness, health and wellness products
  • Create an action plan that includes physical activity for maintaining a healthy lifestyle
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