Society is currently witnessing the most rapid scientific and technological advances in history. Yet, in too many instances, modern technology and other socio-cultural patterns have lead many children and adults toward a sedentary lifestyle and, subsequently, to an overall decline in health and wellness. This “disease of lifestyle” has, in turn, given rise to the present need to address nutritional patterns of behavior, the impact that environment has on mental as well as physical health, the lack of physical activity throughout one’s lifespan, cultural attitudes toward healing, and the widening gap between consumers and their ability to actively monitor the time invested in social and recreational media. The cross-disciplinary program in Health and Wellness responds to the need for a knowledge base that can be applied to one’s own lifestyle with the intent of improving quality of life. It synthesizes established principles of behavior and the restructuring of one’s patterns of thought (mental health, cognitive restructuring, stress management, psychoneuroimmunology), socio-cultural and environmental influences on lifestyle at personal and global levels (women’s health issues, cultural attitudes, media influence, social policies), as well as principles and strategies that promote active lifestyles through one’s lifespan (exercise, nutrition, wellness counseling, the aging process). The Health and Wellness curriculum addresses both preventive and rehabilitative means for combating the “disease of lifestyle” on personal as well as societal levels.
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