Professor:  Beverly P. Russell, MHS, ANP, BC

Revised 7/15/11

Los Angeles City College


Course Overview:

The "wellness concept” examines critical health-related questions and the increase in health problems facing individuals today.  For the Los Angeles City College student who may also be a working person in this fast-paced, consumer-oriented environment, this course takes a holistic approach and discusses basic health issues which can enhance health or contribute to illness.

Students will explore the mind-body-spirit connection, the interaction between the human body and food, drug misuse and abuse, chronic illnesses and the leading causes of death, the impact of stress on health and working towards a healthy environment.

This course also focuses on the student's understanding of the behavior changes which may be necessary in all six dimensions of health to achieve lifelong fitness and wellness.




NAME:                                      Professor Beverly Russell, MHS, ANP, BC.

MESSAGE PHONE:               (323) 953-4000 Ext. 2662

                                               (323) 783- 5907 (only for emergencies).




     By the end of this semester students will be able to:


                            I.     Comprehend the mind-body-spirit connection.


                          II.     List the 6 (six) dimensions of health and give at least one example of each dimension.


                        III.     Acquire a basis understanding of the common illness, treatments and how to prevent these illnesses.


                        IV.     Practice at least two stress management techniques which can be effective at home and work.


                          V.     Identify the basics and importance of eating a healthy diet and its functions in the human body.


                        VI.     Understand the importance of protecting the environment.


                      VII.     Appreciate the beauty of aging/living longer and healthier.


                    VIII.     Utilize all of the principles of wellness/healthy living.




TEXT:  Donatelle, Rebecca J.  Health the Basics, Eight Edition (Custom Edition for Los Angeles City College). Pearson Learning Solutions, 2009.


* Food diaries

* Quizzes and group discussions

* Midterm and final exams


All exams will have a combination of multiple choice, true/false and fill-in questions.

(A  scantron and a # 2 pencil are required.)




P.S.  Students with a verified disability and who may need reasonable accommodations for this class (i.e. a special chair), are encouraged to notify the Instructor and contact the Office for Special Services (CH 109).  The phone number is 323-953-4000 ext 2270. All information will remain confidential.


P.S.  To avoid an F grade appearing on your grade report it is the responsibility of the student to drop the class if he/she stops attending.




ATTENDANCE:       All sessions are mandatory

DISCUSSION:         20 points

MIDTERM:             60 points

FINAL EXAM:       70 points

TOTAL:                150 points



EXTRA CREDIT:      20 points




A. = 135 – 150 - Excellent

B. = 120 – 134 - Good

C. =105 – 119 - Fair 

D. = 90 – 104 - Barely Passing

F. = < 90        - Fail


I. = Incomplete



Weekly quizzes on each chapter (for your benefit) will be given at the beginning of each class session.  Quizzes will be reviewed by the instructor and each student corrects his/her own quiz.




All students have the benefit of doing extra credit; this can make a big difference in your grade which ultimately enhances your GPA.


Students may participate in one (1) of the following:


                            I.     Complete a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) course during the semester.

                          II.     Submit a research paper by the 13th week on a subject matter related to health and of interest to you.  The paper must be typed, double-spaced, at least 8 pages but no greater than 12 pages.  Please discuss your topic and format with me.

                        III.     Conduct a 10 minute oral and poster presentation on a subject matter related to health, of interest to you and informative for the class.  Please discuss the topic with me.  A one page (typed) synopsis of your presentation must be given to me either prior to or on the day of your presentation.  Advance notice must be given so that presentations can be scheduled.

                         IV.     Donate blood/platelets at a Red Cross facility, LACC, hospital blood bank, a blood mobile drive, or clinic near you.

                           V.     Volunteer for at least 4 (four) hours at the Braille Institute or a Senior Day Care/Convalescent Home near you.


P.S. To receive extra credit the student must provide documentation to verify that he/she participated in activity 1, 4, or 5.  See Professor Russell for the form for activity #5. 







- Last Updated: 9/1/11