Course is an option to meet core requirements for associate degree

PASADENA, Texas – Cody Scurlock knows a thing or two about the benefits of a physical education (PE) class. Not only did he sign up for courses to prepare him for kinesiology studies at the University of Houston-Clear Lake in the Fall, he also signed up for weight loss and gained a completely new lifestyle. 

"I lost 130 pounds in a little over a year," said Scurlock, who took weight lifting and karate classes at San Jacinto College. "I fell in love with the classes. I changed my eating habits and adopted new ways to stay off the couch and to stay active. I did this by weight lifting every day and going to karate class every other day. I just found a way to make time for my PE classes."

Scurlock, who works full time at Houston Medicine Chest, enjoyed his classes so much that he became more involved with wellness-related activities on campus and was named the martial arts club president. He also received a $500 karate scholarship and graduated from San Jacinto College last month.

Finding time can be a challenge for many college students, but spending just 30 minutes a day to keep active results in big returns in academic performance, as well as health. This is one of the reasons why the College will offer PHED 1164: Introduction to Physical Fitness and Wellness class at the North, Central, and South campuses in Fall 2015. The class will be offered during the day and will eventually extend to evenings and weekends. 

"More colleges and universities are seeing the value of having a lifetime fitness class in their core," said Sandi Morgan, chair of physical education at the San Jacinto College Central Campus. "The students benefit in many ways: stress reduction, weight management, and successful planning for a lifetime of fitness and wellness for themselves and their families. Increased oxygen to the brain helps students stay alert and ready to learn."

The class will cover cardio, stretching, plyometics, cross training, how to properly use fitness equipment, interval training, fitness walking, jogging, and pilates. Topics that will be discussed include stress management techniques, preventing hypokinetic disease, how to reach a target heart rate, setting fitness goals, measuring body fat, healthy eating, and how to set up fitness plans.

Other PE courses set to roll out in the Fall across the College include kickboxing for fitness, yoga, bowling, various styles of martial arts, weight training, exercising for health and fitness, basketball, golf, volleyball, tennis, slow pitch softball, and jogging. It's enough to keep students like Noe Sosa in shape and focused on completing their associate degrees and certificates.

"For me, I notice a big difference in how I feel throughout the day after a PE class," said Sosa. "I'm more alert for my classes, not tired. Everyone should take a PE course for wellbeing and to form new friendships. It's definitely worth it. The professors are very knowledgeable and always willing to help you out and to answer questions."

Physical education courses are offered at all three San Jacinto College campus locations. Registration continues for summer sessions and for Fall 2015. For more information, visit

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Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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