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Work, Wellness, & the great outdoors

Work, Wellness and the Great Outdoors is about exploring the interconnectedness of work, wellness and the great outdoors. Students develop strategies for maintaining physical and mental wellness throughout life. They examine the role of wilderness in society and learn about the history of national parks, and their role in health. Students critically examine recreation businesses that prioritize employee wellness, outdoor recreation, and leisure time to save costs and improve the bottom line. Students in this course participate in community projects focused on health, nutrition and recreation. In this class, students experience multiple off-campus field trips. Work, Wellness and the Great Outdoors is led by faculty in the College of Health.

 
Learning community Highlights include:
  • Develop an academic plan that balances career goals, personal wellness, and playing in the great outdoors of Utah
  • Team up with U-Explore and campus partners to be introduced to on-campus activities
  • Participate in a community-based project focused on health, nutrition, recreation and wellness
  • Experience multiple off-campus field trips
  • The classes associated with this learning community will provide you the opportunity to learn and explore parks, recreation & tourism, kinesiology, environmental sustainability, nutrition, business, and psychology.

 

 

NOTE: DUE TO COVID-19, THE CERTIFICATE REQUIRMENTS HAVE BEEN ALTERED FOR THE FALL 2020-SUMMER 2021 BLOCK U COHORTS. AS LONG AS A BLOCK U STUDENT COMPLETES TWO SEMESTERS OF THE LEARNING COMMUNITY CLASS, COMPLETES ANY FOUR INTELLECTUAL EXPLORATION GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES, MAINTAINS A 2.9 GPA AND COMPLETES 30 CREDIT HOURS WITHIN THEIR FIRST YEAR, THEY WILL QUALIFY FOR ALL OF THE BLOCK U BENEFITS. 
 
A word from our alumni

"I discovered in my fall semester that I shared multiple lecture classes with my classmates from Block U. This was very beneficial because I felt comfortable reaching out to them for questions on assignments and making study groups because of our connections within the class. Our Block U group created a little bond from the beginning that only grew stronger as the year progressed. From hiking in the outdoors to ice skating and to teaching our professor to play soccer we shared many laughs and good times together. Block U for me provided multiple resources like a library tour, that showed different study group spots, connected me with my major advisors, and made me feel more comfortable on campus."

 
Want to join a Block U learning community?

First, you must complete your New Student Orientation. Once you have completed your virtual orientation modules, please move on to the academic advising section below for information regarding your academic advisor and appointment. If you have questions about getting registered for an orientation, how to complete the orientation modules, please contact the Office of Orientation and Transition.

Office of Orientation & Transition

Webiste orientation.utah.edu
Phone 801-581-7069
Email orientation@utah.edu
Address
280 A. Ray Olpin Student Union Building (UNION)
200 South Campus Dr.
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Once you complete your New Student Orientation modules, make an appointment with an academic advisor to plan you first semester schedule. Each student will need to schedule their own advising appointment. You can schedule an appointment by contacting the Academic Advising Center. 

Prepare for your advising appointment by setting up your FERPA pin, familiarize yourself with Graduation Requirements, make a list of topics you are interested in and classes you would like to take, prepare any questions to ask.

Academic Advising Center

Website advising.utah.edu
Phone 801-581-8146
Address
450 Student Services Building (SSB)
201 S. 1460 E.
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

During your academic advising appointment, your advisor will help you register for courses and show you how to modify them. Don't forget to mention you want to join Block U while meeting with your academic advisor and share with them the Block U learning community worksheet!

Last Updated: 1/15/21