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Teaching Personal Health
EEND and MSED-734

  • Template 2015
  • Section TMPL
  • 3 Credits
  • 07/22/2015 to 07/22/2115
  • Modified 10/27/2022

Mission Statement

As a Catholic university rooted in the liberal arts, we are a welcoming community of learners challenged by Franciscan values and charism, engaged in a continuous pursuit of knowledge, faith, wisdom, and justice, and ever mindful of a tradition that emphasizes reverence for creation, compassion and peacemaking. We strive for academic excellence in all programs, preparing women and men to contribute to the world through service and leadership. 


Focuses upon personal fitness and wellness.  Candidates will apply strategies gained through the study of nutrition, weight control, stress management, fitness assessment, and consumer facts on exercise and fitness to assist individuals in developing personal health plans. Candidates will learn strategies for planning personal, lifelong fitness programs based upon individual needs, abilities, and interests.


Understanding Students
Candidates will develop skills to extend their understanding of health and wellness standards to be include into classroom instruction. This knowledge will foster a strong foundation of a comprehensive age appropriate fitness program elements.

Serving the Community
Candidates will develop an understanding of what their community provides for personal health promotion. This will encourage them to model to their students how to become life long active participants in their community as it relates to the fitness and health.

Finding Our Professional Selves
Candidates will develop lessons and activities with resources, for use in their own classroom. Candidates will collaborate with their peer educators and share various ideas and templates for class instruction.


Access to standards referenced in this section can be found HERE

By the conclusion of this course, each participant will be able to do the following:

  1. Candidates will review developmentally appropriate nutrition and fitness concepts and theories (HETE:1a,1b,1d,3a,3c,4a,4c)
  2. Candidates will identify fitness concepts and theories as well as nutritional recommendations that promote health and wellness throughout all phases of life (HETE: 1a, 1b, 1d, 2d, 3a, 3c)
  3. Candidates will design developmentally appropriate fitness and exercise programs to encourage healthy weight loss or weight gain (HETE: 1a, 1c, 1d, 2d, 3a–3d, 4a, 4b)
  4. Candidates will identify developmentally appropriate fitness and nutritional products (HETE: 1a, 1d)
  5. Candidates will be able to implement various stress reduction management skills to enhance personal health and fitness (HETE: 1a, 1c, 1d, 2b, 2c, 3a–3c, 4c)
  6. Candidates will investigate the life cycle continuum and how physical and psychological health changes occur (HETE: 1a, 1b)



Weekly Discussions
Candidates will respond to weekly discussion and reflection prompts related to course and text content.

  • Course outcomes 1-6
  • Standards 1a–1d, 2b–2d, 3a–3d, 4a–4c

Candidates will use the SMART framework (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely) to create personal wellness goals. Goals will reflect national recommendations and/or standards for optimum nutrition and fitness.

  • Course outcome 1
  • Standards 1a, 1b, 1d, 3a, 3c, 4a, 4c

FITNESS and Six Areas of Health
Candidates will identify the six areas of health that affect wellness and discuss areas that cannot be compromised if an individual is to remain healthy.

  • Course outcome 1
  • Standards 1a, 1b, 1d, 3a, 3c, 4a, 4c

General Wellness Plan
Candidates will devise a general wellness program covering all five components of health. The plan will include at least three weeks of FITT principle, basic principles of fitness, and at least a one week meal plan using the USDA guidelines for healthy nutrition.

  • Course outcome 2a
  • Standards 1a, 1b, 1d, 2d, 3a, 3c

Modified Wellness Plan for Special Populations
Candidates will modify a general wellness plan based upon the needs of special populations.

  • Course outcome 2
  • Standards 1a, 1b, 1d, 2d, 3a, 3c

Wellness Plan for Weight Loss
Candidates will design a two-week wellness plan based upon the five components of health-related fitness. This fitness plan will guide a client in the beginning stages of exercise for weight loss based on the cardio respiratory health component and include a nutrition modification program that will promote a nutrient dense diet while meeting a personal goal of weight loss.

  • Course outcome 3
  • Standards 1a, 1c, 1d, 2d, 3a–3d, 4a, 4b

Junk Science and Effective Fitness/Nutrition Products
Candidates will research a nutritional or fitness product and solution classified as a gimmick. Candidates will examine the features and analyze the solution to determine effectiveness.

  • Course outcome 4
  • Standards 1a, 1d

Stress Management Plan
Candidates will self-assess key stressors that affect wellness and create a stress management plan with strategies that address each stressor.

  • Course outcome 5
  • Standards 1a, 1c, 1d, 2b, 2c, 3a–3c, 4c

Chronic Health Disorders/Disease
Candidates will research common diseases and disorders that occur due to neglect of the body and explain how exercise and an appropriate diet can limit the progression of such chronic disorders and diseases. Candidates will also identify key public health advancements that influence life expectancy. 

  • Course outcome 6
  • Standards 1a, 1b

Institutional Policies

Students should use the USF portal as the first resource for guidance and support on items such as student complaints, safety, security and transportation questions, contact information for various USF departments, student support services such as counseling and academic resources. Information on these resources can be found in the For Students section of the USF portal.

  • A complete listing of university policies and procedures can be found in the University of St. Francis Catalog and Student Handbooks. Students are expected to follow all policies in the USF Catalog and Student Handbook, both of which can be found in the student portal.
  • Students are expected to be familiar with and follow the various procedures and guidelines regarding USF’s COVID-19 Response, including the USF Preparedness Plan and other materials incorporated in the Saints United resource hub (
  • Policies not covered in this document will be handled in accordance with the USF Catalog, Student Handbook, and Program Handbook as applicable.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity requires that all academic work be wholly the product of an identified individual or individuals. Collaboration is only acceptable when it is explicitly acknowledged. Ethical conduct is the obligation of every member of the University community, and breaches of academic integrity constitute serious offenses. Since a lack of integrity hinders the student’s academic development, it cannot be tolerated under any circumstances. Violations include but are not limited to: cheating, fabrication, facilitating academic dishonesty, plagiarism, and denying others access to information or material. See the University of St. Francis Catalog for further clarification and information on grievance procedures.

Services and Accommodations for Students with Disabilities (ADA)

The University strives to be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA). A student who requires special accommodations or arrangements due to a disability should contact the Office of Disability Services. This contact preferably should occur no later than the first week of classes. Early contact before the semester starts is encouraged to allow sufficient time to provide accommodations. Extra time is needed for some types of accommodations such as sign language interpreters or special text formatting. Should a need arrive after the start of a semester; the student is encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Services as soon as possible. Note that accommodations are not retroactive. Each case will be reviewed on an individual basis to determine reasonable and appropriate accommodations.

USF is committed to ensuring the full participation of all students in its programs, regardless of the course format. If you have a documented disability and need a reasonable accommodation to participate in a course, complete course requirements, or benefit from the University’s programs or services, please contact the Office of Disability Services at 815-740-3631 or [email protected] . The Office of Disability Services is in the Academic Resource Center (ARC) and is located on the second floor of the LaVerne and Dorothy Brown Library in room L214. Consultations are welcome, please contact the Office of Disability Services for an appointment.

Technology Support

If you are experiencing any difficulty using Canvas or need technical assistance, you have several options to receive support:

  1. 24x7 Live Canvas Support. Canvas has a 24 hour support by clicking on ? Help while in Canvas. You can Chat with Canvas Support, Report a Problem, or call the Canvas Support Hotline. If you experience technical difficulties or have a question about Canvas, you can receive support 24 hours a day seven (7) days a week through the Canvas help menu. From the help menu; select Report a Problem to send an email support request, select Chat with Canvas Support (Student) for a “live” text-based click-to-chat session, or to speak to someone directly use the toll-free number listed under the Canvas Support Hotline (Student). NOTE: Responses to Canvas’ email based Report a Problem request system will go to your USF email account, NOT your personal email.
  2. Online Self-Service Help Resources. A student user guide and other resources for solving issues related to Canvas can be found at
  3. You can phone the Technology Support Center for personal help at (815) 768-8324 or (866) 337-1497 (toll-free) between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM Central Standard Time, Monday through Friday or fill out a Technology Support Center ticket and select Canvas/Online courses as the component.

For any technical support issues that are not related to Canvas, you can also contact the USF Technology Support Center (TSC). You can reach them via:

Academic Support Services

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) located in Room L214 in the Library (815-740-5060) offers various types of academic services.  Online and distance learning students can contact ARC for appropriate resources.  ARC serves students who need tutoring in many areas of study including writing and math.  Library services include a number of online services and full text databases.  Call the Library at 815-740-5041 for additional information.  If you need academic-related resources or assistance, please contact the Academic Resource Center.