Healthy Active Lifestyles, Ph.D.
This Ph.D. program prepares you for research, teaching and service in academia. The focus of the program is to develop independent researchers in healthy active lifestyles that enhance well-being. Collaborations in teaching, research and service is 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).