SES News and Highlights
- Bear in Mind Podcast Host-SES Doctoral Student
- Student Impact on Colorado State Capitol
Colorado is one of only four states without mandated requirements for health and physical education in the United States.
Quality health and physical education programs seek to educate the whole child and provide them with the skills and dispositions to live healthy and active lifestyles. The Physical Education program (PEPAL) at UNC provides many opportunities for its students to participate in and contribute to advocacy efforts that will help move the profession forward!
This March, five undergraduate SES-PEPAL students joined Dr. Jaimie McMullen at the Colorado State Capitol to advocate for quality health and physical education. They joined several other health and physical education professionals for the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) Colorado Advocacy Day! While there, they met with elected officials, attended committee meetings, and sat in on floor deliberations in the House and Senate. These students represented UNC and the broader health and physical education community and were able to educate several law makers from both the House and Senate on the goals of health and physical education.
- Olympic Mettle
On an early Tuesday morning, Gunter 1150 looks like pretty much any other college classroom. A few posters hang on the walls. Students in jeans, sweats and athletic gear fill the desks for a required Physical Education class.
After a student presentation, the professor tells his students to get up and stretch before his lecture on the Paralympics. Then two things happen: He wheels over to a table at the front of the classroom, and he pulls out a bronze medal.
Meet Scott Douglas, known to his students as Dr. D. He’s program coordinator of UNC’s sports coaching program and teaches in the School of Sport and Exercise Science.
- Sled Hockey in Class
SES 338 strives to challenge student’s perception of what is “normal” through disability-related simulation (wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis, sled hockey, wheelchair rugby, hand-cycling, wheelchair softball, sitting volleyball, and a host of other adapted sports), peer discussion, guest lectures, observation, and self-reflection.
The purpose of SES 338 is to provide various practitioners with strategies for serving diverse populations in a variety of movement settings (e.g., public school programs, extended day programs, and community youth sports and recreation programs). Two primary emphases are (1) including all learners in a single setting, and (2) helping learners to take more responsibility for their well-being and to be more sensitive and responsive to the well-being of others.
Content in this course includes: understanding, recognizing, and accepting individual differences; including diverse learners in physical activity and leisure pursuits; understanding relevant legislation; designing appropriate learning environments (i.e., activity and equipment design, and instructional alternatives); and, combining service and learning.
Service-learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities (National Service Learning Clearinghouse, 2012).
Through community-based service learning, students are offered opportunities to develop a positive disposition toward community involvement and helping others. Examples of these opportunities include officiating and managing various events for the Weld County Special Olympics, volunteering as (ski) instructors at the National Sport Center for the Disabled (NSCD) in Winter Park, Colorado, participating in the Greeley Parklands Survey, and volunteering as counselors at Camp Abilities (Alaska and Oregon).
- Moving to Address Childhood Obesity
"Obesity has actually leveled off nationwide, lending some hope. And yet, childhood obesity in the United States tripled in the last 20 years, affecting more than 12 million children, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Obesity remains one of the biggest health risks for both children and adults. Obese children are much more likely to turn into obese adults.
It’s also not leveling off everywhere. In areas where residents live with poverty, the rates continue to climb. In Weld County, where UNC’s hometown Greeley sits, the rate increased by 16 percent between 2010 and 2013.
That rise called to Babkes Stellino, and it’s why she and Christina Sinclair, a former UNC faculty member now at Stephen F. Austin State University, have studied ways to prevent it for the last decade. Though Babkes Stellino acknowledges that nutrition plays just as big a part, if not bigger, she agrees with experts that physical activity is crucial to preventing obesity. She also knows, both from personal and professional experiences, that kids aren’t always motivated to be active."