Freshman 15, The: Myths and Facts

Full Course Title: 
The Freshman 15: Unpacking Myths and Facts Impacting College Health Behaviors
Course Number: 
Section Number(s) and Day/Times Taught: 
187: TR 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Section Number(s) and Day/Times Taught: 
188: TR 12:30 - 1:45 pm
Fall 2016
RLC Name: 
Active Living

Every day Americans, and especially college students, are overloaded with new information pertaining to our health; some which is accurate and helpful, and some which is absolutely false.  This course explores the creation, distribution, and impact of these health-related messages on our culture.  Students will analyze the marketing methods used to embed new concepts into our culture and how these methods impact individuals, communities, the economy, and public health policy.  This process of vetting myths will lead students to make better informed decisions.  Students will explore individual decision-making and its relationship to health impact.  Through displacement of myths and the academic process, students will begin to develop a skill set necessary to make healthy, wise decisions during and beyond their college career.

NOTE:  Enrollment in these sections is restricted to members of the Active Living Residential Learning Community.


Carol Cook, MS is a Faculty Lecturer in the Department of HLES.  She received her Master’s degree from Appalachian State University in May 2007.  During the past seven years she has taught numerous classes and also serves as the Physical Activity Director for the Division of Community Outreach, a program housed in the BCBSNC Institute for Health and Human Services at Appalachian.  This provides numerous opportunities to develop projects that engage students and impact our community.  Ms. Cook was instrumental in forming the Active Living Residential Learning Community and serves on the Leadership Team.  She began teaching the Freshman Year Seminar class at ASU in 2013.  In addition, Carol spends a great deal of time working within the community.  She was the co-founder of Hunter’s Heroes, a non-profit to honor officers and military personnel for their service and provide financial support locally to families in times of need.  Whether she is running her next obstacle race or chasing after three children, her passion is to impact the health of her community and the Appalachian family. 

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Dr. Martha McCaughey

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