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Physical Fitness & Wellness

HLTH 200/3.0

An overview of principles of physical fitness and wellness with an emphasis on the planning of a personalized physical fitness program.

Please note: This course is typically offered in the summer term 

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of HLTH 200, students will be able to:

  • Identify the benefits of exercise and its impact on health
  • Set appropriate goals based on a biographic profile, detailing specific demographic information relevant to wellness and fitness programming, including community members with disabilities
  • Integrate and apply the principles of training, workout structure (warm-up/cool down), specific bio-motor principles (cardio, strength, flexibility), and disability considerations into a program plan
  • Identify stress components  and their impact on health
  • Identify environmental conditions that are important to providing a safe, meaningful exercise experience for all participants, including those with disabilities


HLTH 200, Physical Health and Wellness, introduces the principles of planning a personal fitness program.  This 12-week course will focus on 10 different topics. 

The exercise benefits module will accentuate how important being active is to enhancing health and wellness.  The goal setting module will detail how you can set effective goals to enhance adherence to an exercise program.  The introduction to fitness and disability module will introduce models of disability within the context of a fitness setting and set the stage for creating a positive physical activity environment for people with disabilities. The fitness assessment module provides the student with the tools to assess a potential client and provide them with feedback regarding their current fitness and health status.  The principles of training and program planning establishes the framework necessary to plan quality programs.  In the workout structure unit students will learn the importance of a quality warm-up and cool down and how flexibility is utilized within a warm-up and cool down.  Contraindicated stretches will be addressed as program safety should be paramount in planning.  The cardio and strength training units will address the importance of these exercise components and their impact on health. Guidelines on how to plan an effective aerobic and strength training program will be discussed.  Again with safety in mind, contraindicated strength training exercises are addressed. Inclusion and accessibility provides an overview of the concepts of accessibility and inclusion from the perspective of people with disabilities within the context of fitness and exercise. Students will gain insight into the factors that will contribute to improving accessibility in their communities.  The stress management section will outline the health impacts of stress and how the student can use exercise and nutrition to mitigate the detrimental effects of stress.  Sleep will be discussed as a key variable affecting stress. 

The course will give students the ability to identify quality training programs by applying the principles of training and specific program development concepts. This course is designed so that students receive feedback from their TAs/Instructor on formative elements of a training program catered to a mock case study.  When completed, students should be able to utilize the course information to begin to design and tailor a personalized fitness and wellness program to their specific interests and needs. 

Course content will be delivered primarily through, course notes and video podcasts. Additional readings and viewings, accessible via the timeline and the module overviews will periodically be provided to reinforce course material.


Winter 2021
Course Dates: 
Jan. 11 - April 9, 2021
Exam Dates: 
April 14 - 30, 2021


15% - Fitness and Wellness Profile
15% - Workout Structure
20% - Cardio Plan
30% - Strength Plan
20% - Discussion Activity

**Evaluation Subject to Change**


Professor Melody Torcolacci (

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend approximately 10 hours per week (120 hours per term) on study/practice and online activity for this course.

Course Resources


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Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a high speed internet connection as well as a microphone and speakers to be able to watch videos, hear sounds, and participate in interactive online activities. A webcam is recommended but not necessary.

System Requirements:

Computer Specifications

  • Windows 8.1 or newer
  • OSX 10.13 (High Sierra) or newer
  • Dual Core 2 GHz processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Soundcard
  • USB Headset
  • Webcam

Supported Browsers

  • Chrome (preferred - latest version)
  • Firefox (latest version)
  • Safari is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ
  • Edge is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ

Internet Connection

  • Wired high speed access: Cable or better
  • Wifi is not recommended


  • Latest version

Media Player

  • Flash (latest version)

Adobe Reader

  • Latest Version


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Tuition Fees

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