Health 125 (Winter 2015)


Welcome to Health 125

Course Description

Students in Health 125 learn about the many factors that contribute to human health and wellness including genetics, economic factors, cardiovascular and physical fitness, nutrition, mental health and stress, social relationships, sleep, self-esteem, drug and alcohol use and abuse, disease prevention, sexual health, safe and effective birth control, spirituality, environmental safety and injury prevention. 

Students analyze their own health and wellness throughout the quarter and evaluate how various health determinants impact their own health.  Students set personal health goals, develop a SMART plan to achieve these goals and chart progress towards achieving these goals throughout the quarter. 

In addition, students learn how to evaluate sources of health information and describe criteria used to determine their credibility.

After successful completion of this course students will be able to

  • Define health and wellness and describe the dimensions of health: physical, emotional, spiritual, social and environmental health.
  • Identify credible sources of health information and describe criteria used for this determination.
  • Apply principles of physical fitness, nutrition, weight control, stress management, alcohol/drug abuse and disease prevention to positively modify personal lifestyle and increase personal wellness.
  • Explain the physiology of stress and its impact on health and demonstrate stress management techniques.
  • Explain how sleep is related to optimal health and describe how to create a healthy sleep environment.
  • Create a healthy diet plan and evaluate plans made by others.
  • Describe the components of a safe and effective weight control program.
  • Explain the health benefits of physical activity.
  • Create a fitness plan and evaluate plans made by others.
  • Describe how to assess physical fitness: cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility and balance.
  • Identify components of healthy sexuality, safe and effective means of birth control and means to prevent transmission of Sexually Transmitted Diseases.
  • Identify characteristics of addictive behaviors.
  • Identify health challenges associated with smoking and evaluate different nicotine cessation strategies.
  •  Identify lifestyle habits that can minimize the risk of the most prevalent chronic diseases —cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes.
  • Identify physical and mental changes associated with aging and describe practices that support healthy aging.
  • Identify similarities and differences between Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) and conventional medicine.
  • Identify environmental factors that influence health.

Instructor: Dr. Anna Davis
Office: SAM 321
Phone: Please contact me via email
Office Hours: Monday 2:50 - 3:30 and by appointment. Note that I am typically in the SAM lobby 30 minutes after class but appointments ensure that you will be able to find me.

  • All Class support materials (e.g. Lecture Notes, Videos, Unit Objectives, Gradebook) are available on CANVAS
  • Weekly Schedule (Please check Canvas for regular updates)
  • Students receive free tutoring at Biology Open Lab
  • If you are not yet officially enrolled in our class, you can find the first week's lecture notes here.

Selected Health Resources

Government Agencies

Top Sites for Breaking Health and Science News

Search For Health Information in the Primary Literature

  • PubMed Search for Health and Research Publications including books from the National Medical Libary. My first GO-TO resource for all things health related. Access to books, journal articles and more.

Understanding Health Statistics 

Watchdog Groups

Resources for Understanding Science

Citation Guidelines (APA) 

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions: