GHA Courses

GHA Courses

Spring 2017


Ballroom Dance (1.5 credits)
A course designed to provide students with basic dance skills and an understanding and appreciation of ballroom dance. This half semester course provides the basic skills and information necessary to develop and continue one's interest in ballroom dancing. Dance history and etiquette, cooperation with a partner, and learning the fundamentals of leading and following techniques are stressed. Some of the dances learned include the Foxtrot, Waltz, Rumba, Jitterbug, Cha-Cha, and Merengue. We will also touch on some other dances such as the Tango and Salsa. Several line dances will also be introduced.

Introduction to Cardiovascular Activities (1.5 credits)
A half semester course designed to give students an introduction to various types of cardiovascular activities that can be used as part of a lifelong exercise program. Students should expect to participate in a variety of activities such as, but not limited to, walking/jogging, cycling, circuit training, and cardiovascular exercise machine use. Additionally, students will have an opportunity to learn skills and information necessary to create safe cardiovascular exercise programs while considering safety, injury prevention, and the importance of nutrition.

Students will be asked to participate in cardiovascular activities both during class and on their own. Additional reading assignments will be completed to increase knowledge of the importance of adding exercise and encouraging a healthy lifestyle.

Wellness Theory
Wellness theory is both about and for you. This course asks you to go beyond thinking about your health to taking charge and making healthy choices for yourself and your future. What you learn in this course depends on you. You have more control over your life and well-being than anything or anyone else does. The decisions you make and the habits you develop influence how well and perhaps how long you will live. In this course, you will explore your mind, your body, your spirit, your social ties, your needs and wants, your past, and potential. 

Action Methods for Stress Management
What if you were told that you could consume a drink that would make you feel less stressed when you have an exam, give a speech in front of a class, or when going to the dentist? How much would someone pay for this drink? Unfortunately, there is no such beverage. However, the same benefits can be gained in another way. You can learn, practice, and use stress management strategies and gain all the benefits of the mythical drink. As a result, you can become healthier and live a more fulfilling and satisfying life.


NUTR 251 (GHA)
Introductory Principles of Nutrition
This course is designed for nutrition majors and non-majors to provide a broad understanding of general principles of nutrition. Concepts covered on most essential nutrients include: digestion, absorption, transport, function, and food sources. Additionally, major health issues related to some nutrients which are of public health concern in the U.S. are discussed in more detail giving insight into cause, treatment, and prevention. Of major importance to students' lives are health and nutrition implication of overweight, heart disease, bone health, and energy balance as affected by diet and physical activity. Understanding of nutritional needs throughout the life span is introduced. Lastly, students will explore topics related to hunger and food insecurity. All of these concepts at this introductory level are important for students in the major so that they are prepared for upper division courses. Application of knowledge to personal health is accomplished through a series of assignments and activities. Students record and analyze their own food intake for three days by using a USDA website. Students then assess these records using dietary guidelines, and nutrition standards. Students work individually and sometimes in small groups to critically evaluate their food behaviors; then they make decisions to formulate dietary plans which may reduce their risks for chronic diseases later in life. The last assignment has them design a nutritionally sound diet with their particular food preferences and habits in mind. In addition, students will apply their knowledge during the course by doing short case studies. The course is evaluated with quizzes and exams with multiple-choice and short-answer questions. Some questions are designed as case studies and involve problem-solving. Assignments include, the diet self-assessment process described above, which includes some short essays. An additional assignment on the use of Internet sites for reliable nutrition information gathering is required. These assignments promote active learning, analyzing and evaluating, making critical judgments, and using current technologies. Approximately 70-80 percent of the points are associated with the quizzes and examinations; the balance of the points are from the various projects.