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Enriching Student Lives through Health Education

How would this plan work?
Why does Millsaps need this plan?
What are the learning outcomes for this plan?
How could we assess these learning outcomes?
Which students would this plan affect?
Would this replace or augment other programs on campus?
What resources would this plan require?
Are there any particular obstacles to this plan?

Contact person: Holly Irwin
For a copy of the proposal, click here.



How would this plan work?

  • This two-part program will strive to integrate health education and the integration of healthy lifestyle choices into Millsaps student's everyday life. The first part of this program aims to present Millsaps students with relevant and practical health education topics during their first year in college through the Foundations program. Students will discuss the importance of these issues and learn how to incorporate healthy habits into their lifestyle. Students will also discuss how to utilize health resources as well as health staff and employees on campus. Topics would be specific to most college students and would include sleep/stress management, sexual education, mental health, women/men's health, nutrition, drugs/alcohol. Campus medical procedures will also be discussed at this time.
  • The second part of this program will involve the continuation of this education through the practice of the learned healthy lifestyle choices discussed in the student's first year. Students will be required to complete 2 hours of physical fitness activity any time during their last three years at Millsaps in order to graduate. These hours are to be completed by participating in the physical fitness clubs, using the HAC (Hall Activities Center) facilities, and participating in sports and/or intramurals. Students will have their hours approved by a health professional hired by Millsaps College to facilitate health education and activities on campus. During this time students must also complete a physical assessment performed by a medical professional in the Wesson health center.

Why does Millsaps need this plan?

  • Millsaps is completely focused on student's mental growth through classroom education as well as student's spiritual growth through service-oriented organizations. The physical body is often left out within the Millsaps community. Mississippi is also the unhealthiest state in the country, with the highest obesity rate overall. With this program, Millsaps would show the public that they are taking the initiative to educate future leaders about what it means to be healthy.

What are the learning outcomes for this plan?

  • Through this program, there will be many changes in student's behavior, values, and knowledge. Change in behavior will be in the form of more student participation in physical fitness activities on campus. Students will spend more time using the hac facilities and participating in physical fitness related clubs on campus, as well as committing time to a personal fitness routine. Students will also be assessed on lifestyle choices and how their behavior outside of class has improved due to this increase of physical fitness. Change in values will be seen through the expression of how important physical fitness is in a student's life. After participating in the first year health education as well as continuing to participate in physical fitness activities, students will likely experience a change in value by expressing how important physical activity is to them. Also, change in knowledge will be seen through an increase in general health knowledge. Students will be able to answer general health questions with more accuracy than before participating in this program. There is also the hope that there will be a correlation between an increase in physical activity and increased GPA scores for student participants.

How could we assess these learning outcomes?

Behavior assessment:
  • In order to assess an increase of student participation in physical fitness clubs and an increase of HAC facilities, a record of attendance to these clubs and the number of times the HAC facilities are used will be documented. To examine student's lifestyle behavior change, a survey questioning specific habits such as sleeping and eating habits will be conducted before and after the program. The data collected will provide evidence supporting healthy lifestyle change as a result of required physical activity and health education.
  • Value assessment:
  • In order to assess a positive change in value associated with physical activity and health education, the same survey above will include questions relating to personal value of physical activity. Student responses will be matched with the amount of physical activity they are individually involved in and assed accordingly.
  • Knowledge assessment:
  • In order to assess an increase in general health knowledge, a general health test will be created with the help of a medical professional and administered to students before and after the program. The student's difference in scores will then be assessed.
  • Other assessments:
  • Retention rates would also be examined and are likely to improve due to student involvement in a strong physically active campus community. The completed physical assessment of each student will also be examined for change in physical health improvements.
  • Which students would this plan affect?

    • All Millsaps students

    Would this replace or augment other programs on campus?

    • This program would fit in with the foundations program by allowing health education be one of the main discussion topics during this time. Other current physical activity clubs already established on campus would be further developed and used to fulfill students required physical fitness hours during their last three years in school. A health professional would need to be hired to facilitate health education and physical activities on campus. This member of the staff will need to be available as a resource for students in order to approve of and complete the hours of physical activity.

    What resources would this plan require?

    • Funding to hire a health professional
      Training for foundations leaders
      A survey and health IQ test
      More funding for clubs, hac, and Wesson health center
      Simple testing needed for physical assessment

    Are there any particular obstacles to this plan?

    • Besides cost, none obvious.


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