Working Together: Digital Health & Education

According to the American Heart Association, staying active can help boost energy levels, promote optimism, counteract anxiety and depression, improve self-image, help you sleep more soundly, release tension and more. These benefits, while certainly important for everyone, are things that students can find especially beneficial as they navigate the changes associated with high school and college years.

While the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle are well-known; everyone, including students, can struggle with finding the time to get moving when faced with busy schedules, deadlines, social events, projects and more.

With this struggle in mind, many schools, in addition to offering traditional physical education courses, have begun to offer an online solution for students to fulfill their required health and physical education curriculum. A digital solution not only gives students the chance to fulfill educational requirements in a flexible environment, but also provides a chance for students to “learn by doing” -- in this case, finding regular time on their own to be physically active and set healthy habits.

Auburn University has done just this using their “Active Auburn” program – a course designed to allow students to participate, on their own schedule, in whatever physical activity they prefer – from running, to aerobic classes and everything in between.

“[Students] having a goal of activity to achieve every day required them to be creative in how they were active,” an Active Auburn Instructor said. “This skill is something that they can take with them beyond the last days of the semester.”

At Auburn, and at other secondary schools and universities across the country, a combination of online education and digital health tools is setting students up for success – both in the digital classroom and in setting healthy habits for life.

To read more about how Auburn University is working with DHS Group to use Active Auburn to both fulfill education requirements and help their students form healthy habits, read the full case study here.

Interested in learning more about how you can put a similar program to work at your school? Fill out a quick survey to get connected with a member of the DHS Group team or make plans to stop by the DHS Group booth (#226) at the upcoming iNACOL Symposium, Oct. 23-25 in Orlando.

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