This course will provide students with knowledge of the current concepts in health. Students will learn how to promote healthy behaviour, build healthy lifestyles and prevent disease. Assessment of personal health status and looking at how to maintain a healthy balance with respect to body image, physical activity and avoidance of harmful habits will be investigated.
- Promoting healthy behaviour, health and wellness, gender differences and health status, improving health, behaviour change with respect to health.
- The following topics, drawn upon or changed somewhat, to cover current trends or concerns in health behaviour.
- Behaviour Change
- Different Behaviour Change theories
- Identifying health behaviours
- Identifying unhealthy behaviours
- Psychosocial Health
- Managing Stress: Toward Prevention and Control
- What is stress?
- General adaptation syndrome
- Sources of stress
- Stress management
- Addiction and Addictive Behaviour
- Defining addiction
- The addictive process
- Types of addiction
- Treatments and recovery for addiction
- Confronting addiction
- Pharmaceutical & Illicit Drugs
- Drug dynamics
- Drug use, abuse, interactions & Drug user profile
- Prescription drugs
- Over-the-counter drugs
- Controlled & uncontrolled substances
- Healthy Relationships
- Identifying health and unhealthy relationships
- Different types of relationships
- Managing relationships
- Birth control
- Physiological and behavioural effects of alcohol
- Managing alcohol behaviour
- Tobacco and Caffeine
- Tobacco and social issues
- Physiological effects of tobacco
- Health hazards of smoking
- Smokeless tobacco
- Caffeine addiction
- Managing tobacco and caffeine
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Types of heart disease
- Controlling the risks
- Gender issues
- Managing cardiovascular health
- What causes cancer?
- Types of Cancer
- Facing and managing cancer
- Environmental Health
- Population Issues
- Air, water, noise, land pollution
- Managing environmental pollution
- Modern Maladies
- Respiratory ailments
- Neurological disorders
- Gender-related disorders
- Digestion-related disorders
- Musculoskeletal disorders
- Managing chronic ailments
- Health eating
- Obtaining essential nutrients
- Food Safety: Increasing concerns
- Managing eating behaviour
- Weight Balance and Body Image
- Body image
- Risk factors for obesity
- Managing weight
- Eating disorders
- Personal Fitness
- Benefits of regular physical activity
- Fitness Parameters
- Fitness-related injuries
- Planning a fitness program
- Managing fitness behaviour
- Health Aging
- What is normal aging?
- Health care costs for aging
- Health challenges of the elderly
- Actions for healthy aging
- Reducing age-related risks
- Death and Dying
- Understanding death
- Process of dying
- Hospice and palliative care
- Right to die and euthanasia
- Managing life and death decisions
Methods of Instruction
- Guest speakers
Means of Assessment
The selection of evaluation tools for this course is based upon adherence to Douglas College evaluation policy regarding number and weighing of evaluations. For example, a course of three credits or more should have at least three separate evaluations.
The following is presented as an example assessment format for this course:
|Major Assignments (2)
|Preparation and Participation
At the conclusion of this course, students will:
1. Possess the basic knowledge of contemporary health concepts.
2. Be able to utilize this knowledge to critically analyze their behaviours as they relate to health and
3. Be aware of the changing health care system.
4. Be familiar with how to build a healthy lifestyle.
5. Be familiar with preventing and fighting disease.
6. Be familiar with their own health status and related family history and attempt to modify their status to suit
At the conclusion of this course, students will:
- Possess the basic knowledge of contemporary health concepts.
- Be able to utilize this knowledge to critically analyze their behaviours as they relate to health and fitness.
- Be aware of the changing health care system.
- Be familiar with how to build a healthy lifestyle.
- Be familiar with preventing and fighting disease.
- Be familiar with their own health status and related family history and attempt to modify their status to suit future needs.
Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.
Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system.
A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.
For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.
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