School of Health and Applied Human Sciences

Students fencing at PED 101 Conference

Physical Activity and Wellness (PED 101) 

Welcome to Physical Activity and Wellness ( PED 101). Physical Activity and Wellness provides theoretical knowledge, fundamental concepts and practical experience in the principles, assessment, development and lifelong maintenance of personal wellness. This course presents a focus on effecting positive changes in personal health behaviors for improved quality of life. 

Course Content and Format

Physical Activity and Wellness counts as two credit hours and includes a lecture section and a lab section that must be taken simultaneously. The lecture and lab fulfill the University Studies Lifespan Wellness requirement.

Lecture sections are presented in both traditional face-to-face format and online format.

Lecture topics include Changing Personal Behaviors for Optimal Wellness, Understanding Fitness Principles, Conditioning Your Cardiorespiratory System, Building Muscular Strength and Endurance, Maintaining Flexibility and Back Health, Improving Your Nutrition, Managing Your Weight, Managing Stress, Risky Behaviors: Avoiding Substance Use, Abuse, and Addiction, Risky Behaviors: Reducing Risk of Sexually Transmitted Infections.  

A wide variety of lab activities are offered and include:

  • Aquatics:  AquaFit, Swim Conditioning, Beginning Swimming, Intermediate Swimming
  • Fitness: 15/15/15, Beginning Physical Activity, Cardio/Resistance Training, Circuit Training, Coastal Activities, Couch to 5k, Fitness Boot Camp, Functional Training, Group Exercise, Lifetime Fitness Activities, Progressive Walking, Recreational Running, Total Body Conditioning, Weight Training
  • Performance: Aikido, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu/Self Defense, Beginning Fencing, Integral Hatha Yoga, Pilates, Power Yoga, Salsa/Fusion Dance, Self-Defense, Tai Chi, Yoga Flow
  • Sports: Racquetball, Tennis, Volleyball

Lab descriptions are provided here.

Pre-Activity Screening 

To ensure safety, all PED 101 students are required to complete a pre-activity screening. More information can be found here

Substitution Waiver

For students that would like to substitute courses completed at other academic institutions or request a course waiver, information is provided here.

Distance Education

A fully online version of PED 101 is available for UNCW Extension and Distance Education students. Information about this version of the course can be found here.

Instructor Resources

Resources for PED 101 faculty can be accessed through the PED 101 Instructor Notebook on Blackboard.

Students With Physical Limitations

Students with physical limitations, due to a documented disability or chronic health condition, may request reasonable modifications or adaptations in order to participate to their greatest extent possible, while maintaining the course objectives. Students that are unable to engage in physical activity, due to a documented disability or chronic health condition, may request a substitution of PED 101 that does not require physical activity. Requests for modifications, adaptations and substitutions for these reasons must go through the Disability Resource Center. The document can be accessed here.

Students with “temporary conditions,” such as injuries or short-term illnesses, are expected to enroll in PED 101 when the condition subsides, unless extenuating circumstances exist. In such a case, the student may ask their request be considered and will need to provide a justification for the exception.

Meet the Faculty