Looking through the available course sections before registering for Spring 2020 classes, students may have noticed a new Physical Education (PE) class offered: Wellness 101. The course is on Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. and will be taught by Stevens’ Wellness Educator, Gabrielle Guider.
According to Guider, “the Wellness 101 PE course will educate students about the process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more successful life. The purpose of this course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to grow in their wellness journey. During this 12-week course, students will learn about the eight interconnected dimensions of wellness included in the Stevens Wellness Model as well as topics such as: physical activity, healthy eating, sexual wellness and consent, sleep, self-care, illness prevention, and more.”
The decision to offer a new course began with Stevens Athletics and Campus Recreation identifying a demand for more PE courses for students to take. Guider further explained that after discussions with some of the staff in Student Affairs, “it was determined that it made sense to offer wellness-related PE courses to further promote awareness of health and wellness to the student body.”
Furthermore, the Student Government Association (SGA) has been pushing for more PE classes, particularly ones that are nonphysical. The SGA Chair of the Health and Wellness Committee, Victoria Agaliotis, had spoken both to Guider and Dr. Melissa Zarin, the Assistant Director of the Counseling and Psychological Services Center, and helped provide input about what students may like to see in such courses.
The course is currently full, with 20 seats in the class, but stay on the lookout for seat openings.