The department of kinesiology offers several community outreach programs to a wide variety of populations in the Chippewa Valley. These programs help community members improve their health through education and activity. Students lead these programs and gain valuable experience working in settings they will find later in their careers. The department also maintains strong relationships with local healthcare providers, orthopedic care providers, sports medicine clinics, school districts and others to find people who most benefit from our programs. The community outreach programs improves wellne
The faculty in the PE department teaches beyond the text books by offering many volunteer opportunities to build your professional experience. They make learning FUN!
Community programs offered
Blended Learning CPR online
This class allows for flexible and self-paced CPR training. CPR training is traditionally done in groups but this class allows you to stop and review information to be sure you have complete understanding of the instruction. You can also go through lessons in full or abbreviated form or even test out of lessons. This is especially valuable if you're re-certifying.
Each blended learning program course is divided into two sessions. You complete the first portion on-line, from any computer. For the second part of training, a Red Cross trained instructor will conduct a skills practice and assessment with course takers. The online session takes approximately two to three hours, depending on the pace of the student. The skills practice and assessment session takes approximately two hours, depending on the particular course being assessed.
For more information please reach out using the contact form at the bottom of this page.
The online portion of the class for approximately three weeks (typically the first three weeks of the month);
The skills review and testing session is offered during a one week window after the close of the online portion of the course (typically the last 7-9 days of the month). Sign-up for the skills review &testing session occurs just prior to the start of the online portion of the course.
The length of the skills session will vary depending on the content being reviewed and evaluated. On average, the testing sessions will be for 3 hours (full course, Adult/Child/Infant CPR/AED and First Aid). Multiple sessions will be offered on a first come first serve basis. The number of participants for each session will be limited to 12. If a minimum of 3 participants do not sign up for a session, it may be canceled and the participants would be moved to another session.
How to register
Complete the class registration form and return it to either McPhee 208 or 213 with payment. Payment must be received in full to be registered for the course. All registration materials are due a minimum of two days before the start of the online portion of the course (dates to be announced).
Cancer recovery and fitness programs
The cancer recovery and fitness program aims to increase the quality of life in cancer survivors by supporting individuals physically, emotionally, and socially through exercise with students trained as cancer fitness specialists. In collaboration with the Marshfield Clinic Cancer Care Survivorship Program, and the Mayo Clinic Health System, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is proud to offer an exercise recovery program for cancer survivors. Supervised by Professor Matt Wiggins of the Department of Kinesiology, the Cancer Recovery & Fitness program is designed to help survivors reduce fatigue and build up their endurance either during or right after their cancer treatment has ended.
For interested patients
Services in the program include a personalized fitness plan, exercise with qualified personnel, and measurement of the physical and psychological impact exercise has on the participant. The Cancer Recovery &Fitness Program is conducted in the McPhee Center on the UWEC upper campus. Referrals to the program are necessary, and can be obtained from Nicole Pickett with the Marshfield Clinic Cancer Care program (715-839-3956), or through the Mayo Clinic Health System Cancer Center (715-838-6072). For more information please use the contact form at the bottom of this page.
Here are examples of upper body and lower body stretching exercises specifically designed for cancer survivors.
Community fitness program
Faculty and students in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin –Eau Claire (UWEC) offer morning exercise programs for adults who desire some supervision, direction, education, and camaraderie in their health and fitness efforts. Our vision is to help improve health and wellness in the Chippewa Valley by providing an exercise program for those who are interested in improving their health and fitness and/or desiring more structure in their workout efforts. We aim to get you feeling better, stronger, and more energetic.
Participation is open to any adults who want to learn how to make exercise a regular part of their lifestyle. We are specifically targeting two basic groups of people:
- Those who have completed rehab in a hospital or clinical setting, but do not yet feel ready to just exercise on their own - this will be an "in between" program to help you reach new independence!
- Any adults who need a structured exercise program with group support to begin the process of improving their health - this may be the "jump start" you need!
Recent research has found a dose-response relationship between relative energy expenditure and numerous health outcomes. Individualized exercise programs are created using an evidence based practice approach. Over the past semesters the program has focused on using such practices to improve:
- Cardiorespiratory fitness
- Lipid profile
- Waist circumference and weight loss
- Insulin sensitivity
- Muscular strength and endurance
- Muscular flexibility
Leadership is provided by UW-Eau Claire students who are majoring in exercise related fields. For more information, see forms below or please reach out using the contact form at the bottom of this page.
Homeschool physical education
Since 2003, UW-Eau Claire has involved hundreds of boys and girls in fun and educational activities through the Homeschool Physical Education Program. Due to the increasing number of homeschooled children in Northwest Wisconsin, the Department of Kinesiology has expanded children's physical education programming. The purpose of the UW-Eau Claire Homeschool Physical Education program is to provide developmentally appropriate learning experiences to enhance children's knowledge, skills, and attitudes in sports and fitness-related activities. Activities are structured to provide children and adolescents opportunities for cooperation and competition. UW-Eau Claire Physical Education majors plan and instruct children under the direction of Dr. Yoonsin Oh.
UW-Eau Claire Homeschool PE has a listserve to inform the community members about the program information and announcements. We encourage you to sign up and stay informed.
To subscribe to the UW-Eau Claire Homeschool PE LISTSERVE, send an email to email@example.com with the following text in the message body (not the "Subject" line): SUBSCRIBE. Your e-mail address will be automatically obtained from the e-mail message and add you to the LISTSERVE. To unsubscribe to UW-Eau Claire Homeschool PE LISTSERVE, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with:
- Your e-mail address will be automatically obtained from the e-mail message and remove you from the LISTSERVE.
- Dates and Time (SPRING SEMESTERS ONLY)
- Spring Semester: 12 Physical Education Classes on Tuesdays from 9:45-10:30 (excluding UWEC's Spring Break)
- Notification on specific dates will occur upon registration
- Dates and times are subject to change
- Spring registration begins prior to winter break
- Contact director if you would like your email address added to the master contact list.
The homeschool physical education program is held in the McPhee Physical Education Center on the upper campus of UW-Eau Claire. Limited parking is available on UW-Eau Claire’s upper campus Towers lot (parking passes required—will be distributed upon registration) or in the Chippewa Valley Technical College lot for $1.00/hour.
All children 4 - 17 years old educated at home are welcome to attend. Due to space and equipment limitations, enrollment for each session will be limited to the first 100 registrants. Participants will be grouped according to age and/or developmental level.
A structured, sequential physical education curriculum is provided for lower elementary students (4-6 years old), upper elementary students (7-9 years old), middle and high school students (10 years and older).
Focus for each level includes:
- 4-6 year olds: Movement concepts (spatial awareness, etc), movement skills (galloping, skipping, running, etc.), physical skills (balancing, throwing, catching, etc.), and fitness (aerobic endurance, flexibility, etc.).
- 7-9 year olds: Movement skills (chasing, etc), physical skills (gymnastics skills, etc.), fitness (aerobic endurance, etc), and modified game play in various sports.
- 10 years old and up: Physical skills (striking with equipment, kicking, etc.), fitness (endurance, strength, etc.), game play in various sports, and development of personal fitness plans (emphasis on muscle strengthening activities and aerobic endurance).
What to bring
Children should arrive with appropriate physical education clothing. Attire should allow the child to actively participate safely. Please refrain from any oversized clothing, shirts showing the midriff, or slip-on shoes. We recommend that the children bring a water bottle with their name on it.
Home school program special features
- Participant to instructor ratio approximately 7:1
- Enthusiastic instructors who enjoy working with children
- Opportunity to participate in large group activities
- Developmentally appropriate physical education curriculum
- Fun and interesting activities
- Exposure to new activities and equipment
- Learn ideas to supplement activities at home
Registration and cost
$25/participant/semester ($50 maximum/family)*Up to half of the tuition may be waived for families in financial need.
Each participant must return tuition, completed registration form, and completed medical form before participation.
Use the contact form at the bottom of this page for involvement in the homeschool education program.
Video of homeschool physical education class
K-5 exercise program
Since September 2005 students enrolled in KINS 361 Physical Education and Health Education for grade K-5 students have administered a before school exercise program for Eau Claire elementary schools. The program first began at Putnam Heights in the fall of 2005 and since then we have administered the program at Flynn and Longfellow Elementary Schools.
The program is set up to give young children an opportunity to exercise before school begins. Research has proven that exercise before school helps students to be more prepared and ready to learn. In addition these young children are learning the importance of living a physically fit lifestyle at a young age in hopes that this positive experience will carry over into adulthood. The KINS 361 students are responsible for everything related to administering the program including: keeping track of laps run, participation levels, and conducting three different promotional events throughout the semester.
We are pleased that the program has been very successful and embraced by the students and faculty at all three elementary schools. Our ultimate goal would be to have a program like this at every elementary school in the Eau Claire Area School District. For more information fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page.
The P.R.I.D.E. program serves children with cognitive, sensory, and physical disabilities ages 5-16 years by providing individualized and/or group instruction in the areas of skill development, fitness, and sport/recreational activities.
Individualized programming for each child is based on initial screening, ongoing assessments, and consultation with parents, teachers, and related service personnel. Each child receives individual instruction, attention, support, and encouragement from UWEC undergraduate students.
The program is suited for children with a wide variety of ability levels. The children participating in this program will be recruited and/or referred from Physical Education/Adapted Physical Education teachers, physicians, therapists, and families.
- Provide children with disabilities individualized instruction that will assist in the development of specific movement skills.
- Provide children with disabilities an opportunity to continue working on skills that are being addressed in their physical Education or therapeutic settings.
- Provide children with disabilities an opportunity to learn that their disability does not have to limit them from participating in physical activity.
- Provide UWEC students the opportunity to work with children with a wide spectrum of movement abilities.
- Provide UWEC students the opportunity to develop understanding of the meaning of community service and an appreciation for serving others.
- Provide UWEC and the surrounding community with an opportunity to enhance, strengthen, and highlight the importance of physical activity for children with disabilities.
P.R.I.D.E. for adults
The P.R.I.D.E.4Adults program serves adults with disabilities older than 17 by providing them an individualized exercise program. The exercise program consists of an aerobic, resistance training, and range of motion components. Overall, evidence shows that exercise provides important health benefits for people with disabilities. The benefits include improved aerobic and muscle fitness, improved psychosocial health, and better ability to do tasks in daily life.
Individualized programming for each participant is based on an initial screening, interests, and referral information. Participants receive individual/group instruction, attention, support, and encouragement from UWEC undergraduate students supervised by a university faculty member. The program will be suited for adults with a wide variety of ability levels. Use the contact form at the bottom of this page for if you want more information about P.R.I.D.E. for adults.
- Provide adults with disabilities individualized instruction that will assist in the development and improvement of their fitness.
- Provide adults with disabilities an opportunity to continue working on areas of fitness that are being addressed in other rehabilitation settings.
- Provide adults with disabilities an opportunity to exercise and interact with others in a safe, fun, and relaxed environment.
- Provide UWEC students the opportunity to work with adults with a wide spectrum of movement abilities.
- Provide UWEC students with learning opportunities that prepare them for professional school and/or their future professions.
- Provide UWEC students the opportunity to develop understanding of the meaning of community service and an appreciation for serving others.
- Provide UWEC and the surrounding community with an opportunity to enhance, strengthen, and highlight the importance of physical activity for adults with disabilities.