|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences|
|School or Department :||School of Health and Medical Sciences|
|Student contribution band :||2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
|Version produced :||16 May 2022|
This course will focus on physical activity as a health issue to enable students to extend their understanding of health and wellbeing issues. The connection between the health of the population and levels of physical activity has been a topic of intense discussion and research over the past two decades. Students undertaking this course will develop an understanding of a range of issues related to the connection between health and physical activity levels of the population. Students will explore information on the increase in obesity levels across the lifespan and how this has had a significant impact on the health status of the population. Students undertaking this course will appreciate how professionals in areas of health, fitness and sport have challenges and responsibilities in addressing the issue. Because of the importance of being proactive students in this course will design a basic population intervention – based on best practice – in order to increase physical activity levels and reduce sedentary behaviour of the population across the lifespan (including for those people with special needs such as disability and chronic disease).
This course outlines contemporary thinking with regard to health promotion, particularly as it relates to the levels of physical activity of the population. The course will examine a range of health programs and agencies and analyse the various issues involving them. Physical activity levels across the lifespan and within special populations will be presented and interventions to improve health and fitness (and associated psychological aspects) will be examined. Procedures to review the health of the population and recommendations for programs to improve physical activity levels will be outlined and applied to practical contexts where possible. Research and other information from other areas of health, sport and exercise will be outlined and related to the course as a way of improving the health status of the population.