The Department of Kinesiology’s Physical Activity Program (KPAP) is a university-wide program offering a variety of physical activity experiences. Students, staff and faculty from all across the university can enroll in any of these classes to enrich their lives and enhance their own physical activity. KPAP allows participants to explore human movement and its impact on personal health, society and lifelong physical activity; it relies on a team of dedicated physical activity professionals who work together to promote physical literacy, to teach skills and to disseminate health and fitness knowledge. KPAP classes are taught by highly qualified instructors who utilize their knowledge and expertise to ensure every student’s success, while maintaining safe practices and having fun. KPAP encourages Temple students, faculty and staff to “move more and sit less” (US Department of Health & Human Services, 2018).
KPAP participants will acquire numerous health and cognitive benefits while earning academic credits. Currently, KPAP enrolls almost 2,000 students per semester and offers over 90 sections of various physical activity courses. All KPAP courses promote and address the Components of Health-Related Fitness: Cardiovascular Endurance, Muscular Strength & Endurance, Flexibility and Body Composition. Most KPAP courses meet for a full semester and carry a 2-credit load. KPAP also offers Activity Workshops which meet for half a semester and carry a 1 credit load; these are noted as 7A and 7B. All KPAP courses are open to students, faculty and staff with all levels of experience.
KPAP classes with a 2-credit load are offered every semester and include activities related to the general areas of fitness, aquatics, sports, martial arts, outdoor adventure and mind-body movement. Workshops focus on similar physical activities but on an abbreviated schedule. The activities offered in the Workshops varies semester to semester depending on the expertise of the instructor and availability of meeting space. Because Workshops are only seven weeks long (7A & 7B), the content of the Workshops are repeated, thus students are advised to not take 7A and 7B in the same semester. The following workshop courses (with examples) are not offered every semester and you must contact the KPAP Director for current offerings.
- KINS 1031/1041 Aquatic Workshop – Skin Diving/Snorkeling, Water Polo, Lifeguarding
- KINS 1032/1042 Fitness Workshop – Aerobic & Strength Training, Triathlon training
- KINS 1033/1043 Lifestyle Workshop – Disc sports, Tai Chi, Racquet sports
- KINS 1034/1044 Outdoor Adventure Workshop (Survival) – Rowing, Climbing, Orienteering
See the course catalog for a complete listing of KPAP courses. Course numbers KINS 1001 through 1064 are part of KPAP.
Did You Know?
According to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, the recommended amount of moderate-intensity physical activity for adults is at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) to 300 minutes (5 hours) per week. This recommendation is based on new evidence that shows a strong relationship between increased sedentary behavior and increased heart disease, high blood pressure, and all-cause mortality. All physical activity, especially moderate-to-vigorous activity, can help offset these risks. Most KPAP classes are held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for 50 minutes or on Tuesday and Thursday for 1 hour and 20 minutes.