NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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Course Descriptions

Healthy Lifestyles

HNES 2000

This course is designed to learn about fitness and health related topics. Combining the latest research with sound medical advice and including aerobic fitness, flexibility and strength. Students will have the opportunity to listen to expert presenters from areas of individual fitness, healthy living, nutrition and stress management. In this course students will be asked to reflect upon and compare theoretical and pedagogical perspectives of multiple experts. The reflection will help students better understand the relationships between improved health and improved fitness.

Goals & Objectives:

As a result of participation in this course, students will be able to:

  • Apply new knowledge when creating personal nutritional programs using the new food guide pyramid.
  • Gain knowledge of in-depth wellness strategies (i.e. deep breathing, muscle relaxation, and pressure point therapy) to help manage classroom stress.
  • Evaluate a variety of the latest nutritional strategies (e.g. Southbeach diet, Adkins diet, 17 day diet)
  • Gain techniques and strategies, including healthy eating and caloric intake awareness/analysis, to help improve their students’ nutritional and lifestyle choices. 
  •  Demonstrate a variety of relaxation techniques and exercises, including pilates, yoga, and tai chi.
  • Analyze current fitness strategies (i.e. P90X and Kettle Bell training) to incorporate aspects into personal fitness program.
  • Explore a variety of warm-up/cool-down techniques using flexibility training protocols (i.e. PNF, dynamic warm-ups, and static stretching).
  • Learn how to maximize energy within the body through utilization of therapeutic massage and acupuncture/acupressure.

The approach to be used for meeting the course objectives is a combination of reading assignments, class participation, lecture discussion, and independent work.


The required reading is found in the following text:

Buettner, D. (2008). The Blue Zones, Washington DC: National Geographic.