HEALTH 11
Professor: Beverly P. Russell, MA, ANP-BC, CEP Revised August 21, 2013
Los Angeles City College

Course Overview:


The "wellness concept” involves a lifestyle which focuses on a healthy balance of the whole person which results in an overall feeling of “well-being. This course takes a holistic approach and discusses health issues related to health promotion and disease prevention.

Students will explore the mind-body-spirit connection, discuss topics including but limited to: health concerns for specific age groups, the interaction between the human body and food, drug misuse and abuse, chronic illnesses and the leading causes of death in the USA, psychological health, 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 necessary in all six dimensions of health to achieve lifelong optimal “fitness” and “wellness”.




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. Discuss factors which contribute to common illnesses; treatment and prevention of those illnesses.


IV. Identify the key nutrients in food, the importance of eating a healthy diet and its functions in the human body.


V. Describe at least 3 interventions one can use to aid in protecting the environment.

VI. Discuss the aging process and the beauty of living longer and healthier.

VII. Describe the benefits of regular physical activity and, the difference

                         between aerobic, anaerobic and non-aerobic exercises.




Each student will be required to write a short essay (approx.150 words) on health behavior changes he/she has made at midterm and how these changes influence his/her life on a daily basis. At the conclusion of the semester each student will also correctly describe health behavior changes he/she has made over the course of the semester in 3 (three) of the following 6 domains: physical, social, emotional/mental, intellectual, environmental, and the spiritual dimensions of health. The Instructor will provide written instructions to students on writing SLOs.

SLOs will also be measured by each student’s performance on the midterm and final examinations.



TEXT: Donatelle, Rebecca J. Health the Basics, Custom Edition for Los Angeles City



* Food diaries

* Quizzes (true & false questions) on each chapter for review purposes only; they are not  part of your grade. A 100 question scantron and a # 2 pencil are required.

*Group discussions

* Midterm and final exams

Midterm and final exams will have a combination of multiple choice, true/false, and fill-in questions. A 100 question scantron and a # 2 pencil are required.


GRADE POINTS: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




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

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.


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

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

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. Donate blood/platelets at a Red Cross facility, LACC, hospital blood bank, blood

mobile drive or clinic near you.

5. Volunteer for at least 4 (four) hours at the Braille Institute, Senior/Alzheimer’s

Day Care or Convalescent Home near you.

On-line Class Schedule in pdf:
Students with Special Needs
Students who need help paying for books or other college expenses should call the
Financial Aid Office (323) 953-4000 ext. 2010/SSV 117.
Any student who feels he/she may need an academic accommodation based on the impact of a disability should notify the Instructor and contact the Office of Special Service at (323) 953-4000 ext. 2270/SSV 100. All information will remain confidential.
The Sheriff’s Department is on campus. The phone number is 323-662-5276.
Each student will practice and demonstrate standards of personal and professional integrity, honesty, respect and fairness; apply ethical principles in the submission of all course work.
Classroom Rules of Conduct- i.e. Academic Dishonesty, Board Rule 9803.28
Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to, the following actions: cheating on an exam, working together on an assignment, paper or project when the instructor has specifically stated students should not do so, submitting the same term paper to more than one instructor, or allowing another individual to assume one’s identity for the purpose of enhancing one’s grade.
P.S. Two times being late is counted as an absence. Unexcused absences will be handled in accordance with the LACC Attendance Policy.
The deadline to drop without a “W” is week 2 (second week) of the semester.
Also to avoid an F appearing on your grade report, it is the responsibility of the student to drop the class if he/she stops attending.
Please mute/turn off all cell phones and other electronic devices while class is in session. This request will be strictly enforced at all times.
NAME:                                Professor Beverly Russell, MA, ANP-BC, CEP
MESSAGES:                      (323) 953-4000 Ext. 2852. Email:
OFFICE:                              Men’s Physical Education Building, Room 107B
OFFICE HOURS:                 Wednesday- 3:00 to 3:30 pm, in-between and at the end of class.
Saturday- 9:00 - 9:45 and in-between class
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” ~~Eleanor Roosevelt.
All Rights Reserved: BPR 8/21/13