This course will acquaint the student with a basic understanding of individual health concerns, behaviors, and potential solutions across all six dimensions of wellness.
The purpose of this course is to provide a continuum of learning which educates individuals about health concerns and empowers people, as individuals and as members of social structures, to voluntarily make personal decisions, modify lifestyle practices, and change social conditions in ways which are health-enhancing. Through understanding of best health practices and socio-environmental standards and values, individuals can be taught to assume responsibility for their own health and wellness and, to some extent, for the health of others. The assumption of responsibility, in turn, brings about changes in behaviors and lifestyles. The holistic (multi-dimensional) approach to health and wellness is integrated within course content and represents a synthesis of facts, principles, and concepts drawn from biological, behavioral, sociological, and health sciences, and interpreted in terms of human needs, human values, and human potential.
Field WorkCountry: Spain
Date: September 18, 2018
In class, we will review and understand the six dimensions of wellness (physical health, mental health, social health, environmental health, spiritual health, and intellectual health). Each one of them is important to us. Your mission (and you WILL choose to accept it) is to explore each of the areas of wellness in the host country, with your team of 3-4 classmates. The experience will allow your group to explore your own wellness as well as gain an understanding of the importance of each wellness dimension to the people of the host community. Activities will be completed “scavenger hunt” style, and will include visits to health clubs, schools, parks, tourist areas, religious centers, restaurants, and even government offices. Experiences will require you to explore (and improve) your own wellness and to understand the different emphases on the dimensions among your teammates and people of other cultures. Learning Objectives: Explore the practical application of the dimensions of wellness and how those dimensions vary in importance and scope in different cultures and among different people