The Wellness and Health Program in the Dr. Jo Watts Williams School of Education (WWSoE) is committed to Elon University’s mission that embraces what the founders envisioned: “an academic community that transforms mind, body, and spirit.” The Department of Education and Wellness offers courses and programs to advance students’ personal health and wellness and to develop wellness professionals that aid others along their health and wellness journey.

HealthEU (HEU) courses, presented by the WWSoE in collaboration with Campus Recreation and Wellness, are designed to promote and empower individuals in adopting health-enhancing behaviors. Students will have the opportunity to select courses from a variety of wellness dimensions (physical, emotional, social, financial, purpose, and community wellness). Courses will address one or more dimensions, while also reflecting on the holistic, intertwined nature of wellness.

Course offerings are subject to vary from semester to semester due to interest and availability of instructors. Some courses have an additional fee.

Below are fall 2024 course offerings.

Course Offerings

Swipe Right to Digital Well-being*

HEU 1710, 1 s.h.
In Swipe Right to Digital Well‐being we’ll explore technology‐life balance with humor and insight. Evaluate your relationship with technology, decode the strategies behind attention‐grabbing apps, and use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques to unmask cognitive distortions effecting you in the digital realm. Say goodbye to distractions with effective strategies. Craft your own tech goals and build a peer network for mutual support and accountability. Develop a more mindful and intentional relationship with technology and discover the balance that’s right for you!

Koru Meditation*

HEU 1709, 1 s.h.
In this course, you’ll explore mindfulness to enhance emotional intelligence, reduce anxiety, and boost self-awareness using the Koru method of instruction. Based on scientific evidence, it covers the impact of mindfulness on modern life. Through experiential learning, you’ll gain tools to reduce stress, improve focus, and enhance decision-making. This is a hands-on practical course of skill building.  Coursework includes a guided ten minutes of on-your-own practice daily using the Koru app, journaling, and weekly in-person meetings for discussion. By the course’s end, you’ll have a strong mindfulness foundation for your well-being journey.

Compassion in Action*

HEU 1708, 1 s.h.
This course explores compassion, including how it can enhance your values, health, and wellbeing and how you can implement compassion in your daily life now and in the future. You will learn about the major components and practices of compassion and how compassion can be a mechanism for emotional, social, and community well-being. You will learn how to cultivate compassion for yourself and others through experiential practices, readings, reflections, discussions, and purposeful actions.

Joyful Living/Embracing Gratitude

HEU 1703, 2 s.h.
In our currently fast paced routines, we often miss moments of unexpected joy and gratitude.  Joyful Living: Embracing Gratitude and Joy for a Balanced Life is a transformative course designed to empower you to reflect on your personal values and incorporate gratitude and joy into your daily life. Through a combination of self-reflection, mindfulness exercises, and practical techniques, you will explore the profound impact of gratitude and joy on overall wellness and develop an action plan to integrate these practices beyond the course.

Financial Equity and Well-being

HEU 1704, 1 s.h.
Unlike traditional financial literacy courses this course will explore and analyze present financial health through the lens of the social and economic environment, personal attitudes, knowledge and skills, behaviors, and available opportunities. The course will emphasize the development of a holistic view and approach to financial well-being through the tenants of HealthEU. Students will examine models of money management, spending, budgeting, the psychology of money, financial behavior, and resource allocation.

Introduction to Climbing

HEU 1701, 1 s.h.
This course is an extended version of the Climbing Wall Association Climbing Wall Instructor Course. The Climbing Wall Instructor certification program centers on educating and evaluating individual candidates, utilizing consensus certification standards developed by prominent professionals in the indoor climbing industry.

Tennis I

HEU 1000, 1 s.h.
This course is an introductory tennis course. Students will apply learned skills, strategies and rules for singles and doubles play. The course includes an exploration of the history of tennis.


HEU 1020, 1 s.h.
This course offers instruction in self-defense techniques that are easy to learn and perform. Using techniques from various martial arts, students learn practical self-defense maneuvers for the most common real world situations from the perspective of personal safety.

Golf I

HEU 1050, 1 s.h.
Golf I is an introductory course in the basics of the sport. Instruction will include all aspects of the game from the fundamentals of the swing to putting and chipping. Students will learn the rules and the etiquette of the game.

Aerobic Conditioning & Weight Training

HEU 1090, 1 s.h.
This course is designed to engage students in daily physiological fitness activities to meet the needs of the individual student in both weight training and cardiorespiratory training.  The student will learn the necessary components to design and implement a program based on their individual goals.

Lake and River Kayaking

HEU 1100, 1 s.h.
This is an introductory course in the basics of kayaking. Safety, technique and enjoyment are stressed. Instruction provides both an understanding of kayaking in rivers with rapids and on large open bodies of water where wind and waves can increase the level of difficulty. An ability to handle both recreational kayaks and touring kayaks is developed through practice. Includes three pool, three classroom, two river and three lake paddling sessions.


HEU 1720, 1 s.h.
Pickleball, one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S., is a game that blends the elements of tennis, badminton, and table tennis. Through a combination of instruction, practice drills, and game play, in this course you will develop the fundamentals of pickleball (e.g., groundstrokes, serves, and dinks) and will gain an understanding of the rules and strategies. Whether you are looking for a fun way to stay active, engage socially, or enhance your overall well-being, this is the class for you.


*First time course offering

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