Health & Physical Activity Promotion

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The Concentration in Health & Physical Activity Promotion in Vermont State’s B.S. in Physical Education program prepares you for careers promoting health, physical activity, and fitness in non-school settings such as public health departments, government agencies, hospitals, and medical centers, youth programs and camps, fitness centers, recreation departments, and non-profit community organizations.

You’ll have opportunities to gain practical experience coaching or volunteering with our community partners beginning your first academic year. You will also have access to a broad array of physical activity spaces to boost your skills in individual and team sports, winter activities, aquatics, racquet sports, wellness activities, and much more.

You can also choose to minor in Adventure Education and Coaching.

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Lisa Pleban

Professor and Coordinator of Physical Education Teacher Education


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Why Study Health & Physical Activity Promotion at Vermont State

  • Hands-On Day-One: Our faculty organize a wide array of professional development opportunities, as experiential learning is the hallmark of our program. You will have opportunities to network with program alumni at state, regional, and national conferences, too. 
  • Community Involvement: Physical Education majors sponsor community events with groups including the Vermont Special Olympics, Castleton Lions Club, and the Society for Health and Physical Education (SHAPE-VT).   
  • Internship Opportunities: You’ll be required to complete an internship as your concentration capstone course — and we’ll help you find a great one. Our faculty and alumni form a strong network to help you secure competitive internships to boost your career. Students in the Health and Physical Activity Promotion Concentration work with The Boys and Girls Club, hospitals, medical centers, and state agencies. Program graduates work all over New England, New York, and beyond. 
  • Job Security: Our students have had incredible success finding professional opportunities in an exciting array of wellness and activity venues. Alumni of the program have worked in roles such as:  
    • Athletic Coach 
    • Athletic Director 
    • Community Public Health Specialist 
    • Non-profit Activity Director 
    • Ski Instructor 
    • Outdoor Recreation Specialist 
    • Professional Athlete 
    • Youth Sports Coach 

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Sample Courses

  • Health and Physical Activity Promotion 
  • Internship in Health and Physical Activity Promotion 
  • Technology for Health and Physical Education 
  • Teaching Fitness and Wellness 
  • Lifespan Developmental Psychology 

Other Concentrations in This Program

Meet Our Faculty

Professor and Coordinator of Physical Education Teacher Education

  • Castleton Campus


  • Castleton Campus

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