The progression and characteristics of conceptually based fitness/wellness courses at American universities and colleges

Pamela Kulinna, William W. Warfield, Sean Jonaitis, Mary Dean, Charles Corbin

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Objective: To describe the availability, progression, and characteristics of conceptually based Fitness/Wellness (CBFW) courses in American colleges and universities. Participants: Surveys were completed by 161 faculty members about the availability and characteristics of CBFW courses at their particular institutions. Methods: The CBFW course instrument was used to obtain descriptive data on courses, institutions, and availability. Results: Ninety percent of the 161 responding institutions indicated offering a CBFW course, 44% indicated the course was required. This marks a significant increase in CBFW course availability when compared to earlier studies. The availability of CBFW courses has varied according to the type and size of the institution. Conclusions: There has been a meaningful increase in offered and required CBFW courses in American colleges and universities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)127-131
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of American College Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 1 2009


  • Conceptual physical education
  • Fitness and wellness instruction
  • General education requirements

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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