Hiram College

Are you interested in a career as a health professional or learning about health and fitness and conducting hands-on fitness assessments?  If so, Wellness and Fitness for Life is a class offered through the Integrated Exercise Science Department that may be of interest to you.  Throughout this course you will learn about the health-related fitness components: cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and body composition, and also learn how to conduct assessments to gauge where your health and fitness levels are at.

The overweight and obesity epidemic is growing and is a leading concern in the United States.  It is imperative to be informed about one’s health and fitness because being overweight or obese can lead to other chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, certain cancers, and/or musculoskeletal disorders.  Hiram College is taking a huge step in helping combat this overweight and obesity epidemic by creating the Integrated Exercise Science Department, which will allow students the opportunity to learn how to become health professionals such as Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Clinical Exercise Physiologists, Cardiac Rehabilitation Technicians, Physician’s Assistants, Athletic Trainers, and Strength and Conditioning Coaches, that will work with different populations to promote physical activity and/or exercise to decrease the risk for chronic diseases.

Wellness and Fitness for Life is an introductory class offered through the Integrated Exercise Science Department that is open to all students.  While in this class students will learn about…

  • The importance of physical activity and/or exercise and proper nutrition, and how these affect one’s risk for chronic diseases.
  • The health-related fitness components: cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and body composition.
  • A variety of hands-on assessments to gauge their health and fitness levels.
  • Proper exercise recommendations for aerobic, resistance, and flexibility training.
  • Different interventions to promote physical activity in children since the overweight and obesity epidemic is a major concern amongst children http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022347615014845, and how technology may actually be depriving us from reaping in the benefits from working out http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0125029.

Hiram College and the Integrated Exercise Department are helping improve the health and fitness of its students and surrounding community.  Are you ready to improve your health and fitness and the health of fitness of your friends and family?  If so, we look forward to you taking Wellness and Fitness for Life and/or majoring/minoring in Integrated Exercise Science.  Please stay tuned for additional updates about the Integrated Exercise Science Department and opportunities to work on research in the new Exercise Science lab or opportunities to complete internships in the health, fitness, and/or medical fields.  If you have any questions please contact Dr. Michael Rebold at reboldmj@hiram.edu.