Positive Health, Fitness, and Leisure

College of Health and Human Services
Dean: Donald P. Zingale

Positive Health, Fitness, and Leisure Program
SCI 394
Director: Mary Beth Love


Professors—Kern, Love, Michaelis


Minor in Positive Health, Fitness, and Leisure

Program Scope

The Minor in Positive Health, Fitness, and Leisure provides students with the knowledge and skills which will enable them to maximize potential for high level wellness for themselves and others. Positive or "high level" wellness is not just health or the absence of disease. It is a philosophy of life which promotes awareness of all things which affect our health, in combination with a program of positive action for self-improvement. Upon completion of the minor students will be able to demonstrate an understanding and integration of important principles and practices of (1) positive health, (2) fitness, (3) leisure as vital elements of a proactive healthy lifestyle.

The minor is an interdepartmental one, within the College of Health and Human Services. It is suitable for all majors who are interested in high-level wellness. It provides the awareness, knowledge, skills, strategies and resources that will not only enhance their personal and professional lives, but also provide exposure to the wide variety of career opportunities in the wellness and helping professions.

Career Outlook

A Minor in Positive Health, Fitness, and Leisure may contribute to a career in health promotion, psychology, counseling, coaching, or a number of other professions that deal with improving human health and well being.


Online course descriptions are available.

Students will be expected to complete an eleven-unit core of courses and nine units of electives, totaling twenty (20) units.

Core Courses Units
H ED 310 Health and Society 3
REC 220 Leisure Lifestyle Development 3
KIN 300 Health-Related Fitness and Wellness 3
KIN 331 Peak Performance 3
Total 12
Electives are to be selected, with the help of an adviser, from the following list of courses. No more than six units may be selected from one department. Additionally, a student may elect no more than three one-unit courses and no more than three units of activity courses.
Health Education
H ED 315 Drugs and Society
H ED 320 Contemporary Sexuality
H ED 414 Women's Health—Problems and Issues
H ED 525 Health Promotion in Ethnic Communities
HH 380 Western Perspectives
HH 381 Eastern Perspectives
Kinesiology and Dance
Any one- or two-unit physical activity course with a KIN or DANC prefix.
KIN 476 Physiological Basis of Exercise or
  KIN 482   Exercise Physiology
KIN 487 Motor Development
KIN 457 Culture, Gender, and Movement
KIN 502 Sport and Social Issues
Recreation-Leisure Studies
REC 160 Recreation and Leisure Alternative Activities (1)
REC 230 Growth through Adventure
REC 330 Arts and Crafts for Leisure
REC 340 Conference and Event Planning and Management
REC 380 Developmental Play Processes
REC 420 Leisure and Contemporary Society
REC 430 Ecology of Outdoor Recreation
REC 445 Recreation Therapy and the Expressive Arts
REC 560 Current Practices in Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Services (1-3)
Consumer and Family Studies/Dietetics
CFS 252 Nutrition

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