To enhance well-being through optimal movement, physical activity and leisure experiences, environments and policies.
The Ph.D. program prepares students for research, teaching and service in academia. The focus of the program is to develop independent researchers in Healthy Active Lifestyles (HAL) that enhance well-being. Collaborations in teaching, research and service are required, and an independent research focus should be established within program faculty research lines.
Wellness through movement, physical activity and leisure is an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more physically active life. This active integration of the mind, body, and spirit results in the overall feeling of well-being. Healthy active lifestyles programs are designed to help achieve a state of well-being by providing movement, physical activity and leisure services focused on the promotion or maintenance of good health rather than the correction or treatment of poor health. There are seven dimensions of wellness, all of which are integrally tied to movement and leisure: physical, mental (intellectual), emotional, environmental, social, spiritual, and occupational (Swarbrick, 2006).
In the Healthy Active Lifestyles program students apply principles of positive psychology (Seligman, 2011) to movement, physical activity and leisure sciences to examine how experiences, relationships and organizations help people and communities thrive. Accordingly, Healthy Active Lifestyles pillars of well-being include positive emotion, positive relationships, engagement, meaning, and accomplishment in relation to movement, physical activity and leisure sciences.
Within the context of HAL, the student will be able to:
- Critically analyze, apply, and disseminate research
- Develop skills and knowledge in effective teaching and learning
- Apply principles of ethical leadership and collaborative engagement, and service-oriented commitment to advance sustainability in communities
- Apply programming and policy principles
- Develop a specialized and expert knowledge base
- Engage in professorial responsibilities commonly expected in academia