The American Epidemic

Course Description

Cardiovascular disease and Diabetes are leading causes of death and morbidity in the U.S. Both of these diseases are highly correlated with lifestyle choices. In this course students will study the physiologic mechanisms associated with these diseases as well as how lifestyle choices influence the diseases. Students will be expected to develop and implement personal programs to facilitate life-long health and wellness.

Content and Topics

The course topics include discussions on wellness, nutrition, exercise, obesity, basic chemistry of life and basic cell biology including a discussion of metabolism. This course also covers the biology of blood sugar regulation, history of diabetes and the complications of diabetes. Finally, this course concludes with several days of discussion on some basic anatomy, physiology and pathology of the cardiovascular system.

Goals and Objectives
  • Students will assess their personal cardiovascular fitness level.
  • Students will understand what wellness means and explore ways to improve overall wellness.
  • Students will understand what good nutrition is and analyze their current nutritional intake.
  • Students will study the basic foundations of chemistry, cell biology and physiology to understand the causes, manifestations and complications of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
  • Students will understand the risk factors for developing the conditions discussed in this course.
Course Requirements
  • Students will be required to complete a fitness test at the beginning and end of the semester.Students with physical limitations will be accommodated.
  • Students will be required to develop a personal health and wellness program that involves setting exercise and self improvement goals. Progress will be documented through weekly journal activities
  • Students will be required to complete a lipid profile assessment. This assessment is available on campus and instructions are provided on how to do this. The cost is $20.00.
  • Students are required to seek out and complete at least 2 outdoor activities through sponsored programs at the University.
  • Students will be required to enter and analyze their nutritional intake.
Course Prerequisites
  • Completion of FDSCI101 with a D- or higher
  • Completion of FDENG101 with a D- or higher
  • Completion of FDMAT108 with a D- or higher
Semesters Taught

Winter Spring Fall

Course Lead

Jason Shaw
Jason Shaw