Wellness Literacy

General Education Requirements

As part of Appalachian State University's General Education Curriculum, all students are required to complete two semester hours of wellness literacy (WL) coursework. The Physical Education Activity (PEA) program offers a wide variety of academically-rigorous and innovative activity-based courses (PE 1530-1549 and PE 1700-1889) that meet the University's General Education WL requirements.

What is Wellness Literacy?

Wellness Literacy is "the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions" (adapted from USDHHS). The person who is literate in wellness has a strong foundation in science-based health and fitness concepts, selects reliable sources of health and wellness content, and is capable of applying wellness skills.

How is Wellness Literacy developed in PEA Courses?

Wellness Literacy is developed in PEA courses via a multi-faceted approach that includes three critical elements:

  • Activity within the course – personalized face-to-face instruction focusing on content-specific fitness, skill and knowledge development.
  • Personal fitness assessment – educational processes focusing on helping individuals understand and manage their personal level of health-related fitness through fitness-based pre-assessment, goal setting, monitoring and post-assessment activities.
  • Online WL learning system – the system consists of a set of highly connected, yet distinct wellness-related content that provides students an opportunity to assess, monitor and improve personal health and wellness. The online delivery system promotes wellness without compromising time allocated to activity in class.

Wellness Literacy Website

To purchase access to the WL online component of your course visit the University Bookstore or visit www.grtep.com

WL Technical Support

If you experience technical difficulties with website such as username and password issues please send your support request online.

PE Activity Course Wellness Literacy Syllabus Information

The on-line WL component of PEA courses is divided into six learning modules. Each module includes:

  • Pre-Test - An assessment designed to benchmark your pre-existing knowledge of the subject
  • Key Terms - A list of critical terms and definitions associated with the content of the module
  • Text - The subject in interactive chapter-based format
  • Personal Discovery Assessment (PDA) - An individual lab-based experience that applies the content in a personally relevant manner.
  • Post-Test - The concluding assessment designed to reveal your knowledge upon completion of the module.
ModuleTime to Complete PDAWhen do I complete the modules?
1. Wellness 10130-60 minutesIf this is your 1st PEA course, complete modules 1, 2, and 3.If this is your 3rd PEA course or beyond, verify with your instructor that you have completed modules 1-6.Transfer students must complete 3 modules for each PE ACTV course transferred to Appalachian (up to 6). Students do not need to complete modules more than once.
2. Fitness Management7+ days
3. Nutrition Management7+ days
4. Wellness Revisited30-60 minutesIf this is your 2nd PEA course, complete modules 4, 5, and 6.
5. Weight Management30-60 minutes
6. Stress Management5+ days

For Assistance

Mr. Edgar Peck 
Director, Physical Education Activity Program 
HCC 016 
peckel@appstate.edu
828-262-6330