Exercise Wellness students study physical activity and other healthy lifestyles as they relate and contribute to optimal health and wellness. That study includes the kinesiological and physiological foundations of physical activity, nutrition, stress management, social/cultural issues, and factors involved in health behavior change. The purpose of the Exercise & Wellness curriculum is to prepare professionals and scholars in exercise and physical activity leadership/management, and health promotion and wellness.
Acquiring a degree in Exercise Wellness provides students with a basic general education. It also provides the knowledge, skills, and professional expertise to help individuals across the life span to adopt healthy behaviors leading to increased wellness and optimal health. Students are exposed to the latest research and practices designed to enhance fitness, health promotion, and wellness, including both laboratory and field experiences.
One of the most unique aspects of the Exercise Wellness program is an internship program that provides pre-professional experience in all segments of the fitness/wellness industry, health promotion, and health professions. The program has two emphasis areas in Exercise Wellness to include athletic training and physical exercise wellness.
The Exercise Wellness major prepares students with general coursework that will enable them to pursue graduate level programs to include athletic training, kinesiology, biomechanics, exercise science, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and medicine. This program also prepares students sit for certification exams offered by various organizations to include:
- American Council on Exercise (ACE) to include certification for Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, Clinical Exercise Specialist, Lifestyle & Weight Management Consultant
- American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) to include certification for Personal Trainer, Health & Fitness Instructor, Exercise Specialist, Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist
- Aerobics & Fitness Association of America (AFAA)
- National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) to include certification for Personal Trainer, Strength & Conditioning Specialist
- National Association of Sports Medicine (NASM) to include certification for Personal Trainer, Group Trainer, Performance Enhancement Specialist