Promoting Physical Activity in the Community – EXSC 650

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course will examine the promotion of physical activity in the community setting. The techniques, theories, and strategies for physical activity promotion will be examined.


EXSC 640 (may be taken concurrently)


This course will provide the student with the opportunity to apply his/her knowledge of physical fitness and exercise to a variety of community settings, including neighborhoods, families, churches, etc. This course will offer students the opportunity to apply their knowledge from other health science classes to make real change in his/her community. It is increasingly important that students in the field of Exercise Science know the importance of community health and how to develop and implement these programs to increase the knowledge and health of those around them. This dissemination of knowledge is at the heart of Jesus Christ’s message to support and help their fellow man.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Explain physical activity recommendations for various populations.
  2. Explain the approaches and interventions for changing physical activity behavior.
  3. Implement an intervention or program.
  4. Promote physical activity with a Christian worldview when applicable.

Course Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 500 words; demonstrate course-related knowledge; and include at least 2 scholarly references in addition to the course textbook and at least 1 biblical principle. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to at least 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 300 words and reference the course textbook and 1 other scholarly or biblical source. All citations must be in current APA format.

The student will be presented with a Case Study scenario and required to demonstrate his/her knowledge from the Reading & Study material. The response must be at least 500 words and include at least 2 scholarly references in current APA format in addition to the course textbook and the Bible.

The student will write a speech advocating his/her position on the importance of physical activity in schools. The student will then record a 4–7-minute video of his/her speech as though presenting it to a group or school board. The student must cite at least 5 scholarly references that support the speech.

The student will design/create an interactive game (board, computer, brain, etc.) based on a provided prompt. The game may be created using a variety of online tools of the student’s choosing and must be playable for at least 10 minutes. The goal of the game is to address the needs set forth in the prompt while being instructive, fun, and unique.

The student will create a slideshow presentation with photos and/or graphics, music, and text to raise awareness and motivate individuals to engage in physical activity. The presentation must be 4–6 minutes (at least 20 slides), and any citations must be in current APA format. The student must include 6–10 different graphics per minute.

The student will choose 1 of the following creative formats to address the prompt provided by the instructor: song (any genre), poem, animated short video, or parable. This assignment is designed to show the student’s creativity and address how to be a physical activity leader in his/her community.

Checkpoint and Discussion

The student will provide a brief description of his/her community and 4 Strategy, Objective, and Evaluation categories he/she will address for the Final Project – Physical Activity Plan.

Physical Activity Plan

The student will create a Physical Activity Plan using the template and toolkit provided. The student will choose 4 of the 8 Strategy, Objective, and Evaluation categories to use in creating a hypothetical physical activity plan for his/her hometown or community of interest.

The student will provide his/her instructor with weekly feedback of the content for each module/week. Because these are surveys, the student’s response will be compiled anonymously and will give the instructor an opportunity to clarify points that were confusing, provide additional resources, or change course content to better meet the needs of the student.