Here at Wake Forest, all students are required to pass health and exercise science (HES) courses to graduate. And it makes sense — Demon Deacons are expected to be the best at everything, including balancing homework, jobs, extracurricular involvement, philanthropy and a social life.
It’s good to have a reminder to take care of oneself.
The thing is, students are often already equipped with the know-how. Those who are accepted to a school like Wake Forest probably have some awareness of how to live a healthy lifetsyle. They know what they should be eating, how they should be managing their time and what behaviors to avoid.
They just don’t always have the time.So, instead of simply educating students on “various college health concerns, including nutrition, weight management, substance abuse and sexually transmitted diseases” with the aim of “preventing chronic disease and disability,” as the WFU Department of Health and Exercise Science webpage suggests, these classes should utilize their requisite status to be the solutions.
Inadequate sleep, for example, is one of the most widespead problems on campus.
Easy solution? Instead of enrolling in a lecture class, let students register for nap time. Students who get more sleep are happier and healthier, and they’ll perform better in school.
Getting eight hours of sleep is definitely something students are willing to sacrifice to make time for everything else they’re balancing and deem more important, but time to catch up on sleep isn’t all they need.
Forget HES class. Stressed out students want to relax in hot tubs. Their desires range from snacks to massages to puppy playtime and to breaks from other classes to watching Netflix with friends.
Class could even be outside — soak up the sun!
Even though the HES 100 and HES 101 classes only meet a few times each week, just think of what they could do for students if they maximized that time in the form of more direct opportunities for solutions to college health concerns.
Like nap time.