Health and Wellness Concepts (45 hours)
This introductory course will provide students with an overview of the key definitions, principles, fundamental concepts and goals central to the field of wellness. In this course, students will increase their knowledge and gain a critical understanding of the many dimentions of health and wellness from both individual and community/corporate perspectives. Lay health, self-care beliefs and practices, and cultural diversity factors will be examined in order to gain an understanding of how these affect individual assessments of health. The complex relationship that exists between wellness theory and lifestyle practices will be viewed through an investigation of the socio-cultural aspects of health, gender differences in health status, health literacy, and ethical issues particular to the field of wellness. Diversity in the workplace will be discussed with a specific focus on how students can gear their practice to meet the needs of a diverse workplace/community population. Students will showcase their talents by organizing and delivering a professional Health Fair that presents information on current wellness/health promotion trends to a number of key stakeholders.