About the School
What do disciplines that study the body’s performance, fuel and functions have in common? Wellness.
A big part of the mission of the new school of Applied Health Sciences and Wellness is in its name. The School combines programs in nutrition, athletic training and exercise physiology, with an emphasis on engaging the surrounding community in ways that improve overall health and expanding education beyond the classroom.
Examples of the School’s reach into the community are everywhere. Its Nutrition Treatment Program gives nutrition undergraduates real-world experience by pairing them with clients who want to learn to eat better. During these sessions, which are supervised by a faculty member who is a registered dietitian, students learn the give and take of working with a real client, blending this experience with their classroom knowledge on calorie intake, cholesterol levels and the like.
The Athletic Training program, meanwhile, has been engaging the community for more than 20 years by providing athletic training services to public school districts in rural southeastern Ohio – many of which couldn’t provide the services of a licensed athletic trainer were it not for the OHIO students.
Exercise physiology majors meet with community members in the Wellworks and Heartworks fitness and nutrition-education programs. Students gain experience in their academic discipline by working with staff members, conducting fitness assessments, and creating and supervising exercise plans.
In fall 2010, faculty members in the food science and nutrition programs partnered with a community initiative called the 30 Mile Meal that promotes eating locally produced foods available at the Athens Farmers Market. The initiative included a series of hands-on cooking workshops hosted by a chef, a dietitian and a food scientist who demonstrate how a locavore diet can be good for you.
The workshops were sponsored by WellWorks, which has a close partnership with the School. The facility is located in Grover Center and caters to Ohio University employees and Athens community members. WellWorks has taken innovative approaches to wellness, such as footing membership fees for those who work out more than 100 days per year, and paying university employees to have their health risks assessed.
The School also administers Grover Center’s Atrium Café, an experiential learning facility that serves the public while educating Ohio University students about nutrition, food service and sanitation.