Extensive research has documented strong associations between physical activity/exercise and cognitive performance, physical performance, disease prevention, and a reduction in all-cause mortality. Each semester about 1,800 students participate in over 30 physical activities and courses. Students can choose from a wide variety of activities in PFW classes taught both on campus and off-campus. GE credit (PFW 1301 Social and Behavioral Dimensions of Physical Fitness and Wellness) and interesting activities are available like: Aerobics, Backpacking, Basketball, Canoeing, Fitness and Wellness, Fencing, Golf, Cross-Training, Jogging and Conditioning, Karate, Military Physical Fitness Training, Racquetball, Ranger Challenge Training, Scuba, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, and Weight Lifting.
PFW classes utilize the latest research in Exercise and Sports Science and technology to support instruction and improve student learning. Questions about the program should be directed to:
Stacey Herzog Bender
Goal of the PFW Program
The overall goal of the PFW Program is to support academic excellence for all students by experiencing and learning about the health and wellness benefits of exercise (programmed physical activity).
Specific Educational Goals:
Students in PFW activity classes will:
All students enrolled in a PFW class will have optional access to locks, lockers, uniforms and equipment. These items can be accessed through the equipment and laundry room of the Jowers Center and can be obtained by presenting your student ID.
ESS 1100 Activity Courses
The PFW program is an integral part of the academic program of several majors within the Department of Health and Human Performance, particularly Exercise and Sports Science (ESS) and the Athletic Training (AT) divisions. ESS 1100 activity classes serve the over 2000 undergraduate majors in the department. In addition to having the same educational goals as stated for the PFW program, ESS activity courses also teach students: