Presenting at the AAHPERD National Health Conference

The 125th American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) National Convention and Exposition in Indianapolis, Indiana was attended by over 5,400 health professionals and students from educational institutions, sports organizations, private industry, and government agencies. I attended as a college professor and AAHPERD member as well as a member of the American […]

Service-Learning as Wellness

At Broward College (BC), students are encouraged to participate in Service-Learning. This is a program where students may perform community volunteer hours and receive credit for their efforts on their co-curricular transcript. The underlying goal is to combine service to the community with classroom learning.

Last weekend, BC student volunteers assisted the “Tour de Broward” […]

Exercise and Cognitive Skill

According to two studies in the January 25 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, participating in a sustained exercise program may decrease cognitive decline in patients over 55 years old.

The first study, Physical Activity and Incident Cognitive Impairment in Elderly Persons, found moderate or high physical activity was associated with a lower risk […]

Make the Census Count

When we look at Wellness, we need to consider what enhances a healthy life. Facilities such as schools, hospitals, roads, parks, governmental representation and funding are all components of Wellness.

This year the Bureau of the Census will conduct the 23rd decennial census, mandated by the U.S. Constitution. The census will count every person living […]

Art Museum – Stress Management

Last week I gave my students a stress management assignment; participate in a wellness activity that would take them out of their usual routine and experience something different.

Norman Rockwell

Since I always try to do the assignments I give my students, this weekend I walked to the Fort Lauderdale Art Museum to see the […]

Wellness Education

One of the ways I stay up to date on health news is to listen to podcasts while I exercise.

According to a recent “Your Health” podcast from National Public Radio (NPR), students at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania are upset about a school rule requiring overweight students to take an exercise course in order to […]

My 7,500 Mile Walk

Over the past four years, I walked 15 million steps – the equivalent of walking 7,500 miles around the perimeter of the United States. That’s quite an accomplishment, considering I did it while teaching college courses, working at a library, completing a second master’s degree, volunteering and still managing to have time for myself.

Healthy Jogging as We Age

Adults need to engage in 2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (i.e., brisk walking) every week (CDC, 2009). Regrettably, many adults give up exercise as they age due to prior injury, lack of time and interest, or because they know someone who told them that someone they know, knew someone […]

Flexibility and Technology

Static stretching after a warmup.

I provided my students with an extra credit assignment on flexibility. The assignment allowed them to demonstrate their knowledge of flexibility and their ability to use technology by recording and uploading their assignments to YouTube.

“Create a short movie on flexibility and low-back health exercises. Demonstrate the […]

Pedometer Research Interview

After the Literary Feast sponsored by the Florida Atlantic University / Broward College library, participants were invited to an interview session. The interviews were hosted by the Broward College Broadcaster’s Club.

Interview length = 05:06

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