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HEED-110 Introduction to Personal Wellness - Online

This course is designed to provide the student with an awareness of the holistic nature of health. The physical, emotional, vocational, intellectual, and spiritual aspects of wellness will be explored. Specific methods and strategies for exercise, nutrition, management of stress, and safety will be examined. The role personal responsibility plays in the wellness of the individual will also be examined. The student will work through the content and objectives to:

  • Identify the fundamental principles of wellness.
  • Describe the laws of wellness and evaluate their personal wellness based on them.
  • Develop a plan for improvement of personal wellness after analyzing individual status. 
  • Acquire the knowledge of and ability to use resources necessary for improvement and maintenance of personal wellness.
  • Develop an awareness of, and be able to explain the role of personal accountability on individual wellness.
Nancy Frank

Overall Course Objectives | Major Course Topics | Course Format | Orientation |
Course Requirements | Materials | Exams

Overall Course Objectives

Once you have completed this course you will gain insight into wellness through the following seven topic areas:

  • Foundations of Wellness
  • Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle
  • Exercise, Nutrition, and Weight Management
  • Perceptions, Social Support, the Spirit, and Health
  • Protecting Yourself from Disease
  • Staying Safe
  • Healthy Consumerism

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Major Course Topics

  • Wellness Overview
  • Stress and Stress Management
  • Physical Fitness
  • Weight Management
  • Nutrition
  • Safety

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Course Format

This course:

  • Is not self-paced. Students may work ahead at a self-governed learning speed; each must follow built-in deadlines for quizzes and assignments and complete the course by the end of the semester.
  • Does not require real-time chats. Each is required to communicate with the instructor and with groups of classmates as assigned online, this will take place in an asynchronous, threaded discussion; in the lecture section it will occur during the weekly class. The pattern of discussion will continue throughout the semester.
  • All assignments are submitted online.
  • ·If inexperienced with computers, the student must be assertive in communicating their needs with the instructor and other resources provided; then following through with the guidance received. Open communication with prompt feedback is essential to learning both computer use and health care content.
  • NOTE: This course is not compatible with the browser Netscape. Students using AOL (America On Line) as an e-mail provider may have special problems with WebCT. (Request a copy of guidelines.)

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This course does have a face-to-face orientation.

Course Requirements

  • Review the “What you should know before you register” section of the eLearning Homepage.
  • Establish and maintain contact with the instructor to pose questions and to receive announcements and feedback.
  • Establish a pattern of about 6 hours study time per week, depending on computer literacy and personal learning habits. Additional time may be required to complete online discussions.
  • Complete online requirements, including slide/note presentations, text readings, special written and discussion assignments, internet searches, and online quizzes; participate in problem solving discussions, and take a comprehensive final exam.

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Textbook information:  To visit our bookstore's online sales site, please visit and follow the instructions for selecting textbooks.

Technical Requirements and Plug-Ins:

Review the Technical Requirements link above. The following plug-ins are required for this course:

  • Acrobat Viewer
  • Flash
  • Internet Explorer
  • Netscape
  • PowerPoint Viewer, if you don’t have the full version of Microsoft PowerPoint
  • QuickTime
  • Real Player
  • Windows Media Player
  • Word Viewer, if you don’t have the full version of Microsoft Word

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For purposes of verification and assessing learning outcomes, this course utilizes a variety of exercises, including discussions, quizzes, and a final exam.


If you have any questions or comments about either section of this course, please send a message to Nancy Frank,

Last updated on 11-Oct-07
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