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OLET1514: Health Challenges: Physical Inactivity

This unit of study has been developed by academics in the University's Charles Perkins Centre, an interdisciplinary education and research hub where researchers produce novel solutions to chronic disease. Physical activity is an inseparable part of human biology and evolution. Lack of it ("physical inactivity") causes chronic disease. Sadly we are still a population that doesn't embrace physical activity and its potential to have a transformative impact on chronic disease prevention and improve the quality of life into old age. This unit of study will provide students with an opportunity to develop an up-to-date understanding of the role of physical activity and exercise for the health of the population as well as the most promising principles for encouraging more people to become physically active. The unit is largely multi-disciplinary and goes beyond disease prevention to explore themes like maintenance of functional ability and retaining independence and how the environment determines our physical activity behaviour. Particular attention is given to physical activity as a behaviour that is not merely a lifestyle "choice"; but rather the outcome of a complex web of societal, cultural, economic, political and individual circumstances that lead to the formation of personal habits across the lifespan. Students will be encouraged to discuss, debate, and critically evaluate the evidence.

Code OLET1514
Academic unit Movement Sciences
Credit points 2
Assumed knowledge:
There is no assumed knowledge for this unit of study. Completion of the 0-credit point units (OLE01513) are required before access to the 2-credit point units (OLET1514) will be released

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Describe the components of physical activity behaviour and demonstrate an understanding of the (physical and mental) health attributes of each component
  • LO2. Classify the individual and population-level determinants of physical activity by physical activity domain
  • LO3. Appraise the contribution of physical inactivity to the development of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and mental chronic conditions
  • LO4. Appraise the potential of novel (e.g. wearable devices) or non-conventional (e.g. dog ownership) avenues for physical activity promotion
  • LO5. Outline the different options for tacking physical inactivity in each domain
  • LO6. Describe the historical and contemporary causes of inactivity and formulate potential solutions