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The vision of the Department of Health and Human Services is "lifespan health and active living." This vision is to be achieved through our mission, which is "to prepare and develop professionals to become leaders in the facilitation of healthy active lifestyles throughout society and across the lifespan".
The department currently has 339 students and had 84 students graduate from the program in the past year.
|1925||Martindale originally built|
|1928-35||Nell Martindale Kuchs is the women's chair|
|1935-76||Bonnie Magill women's chair|
|1945||Sigma Phi Dolphins Swim Club started by Bonnie Magill; Barb Bernard took over 1966-1988|
|1955||1600 students enrolled at Northwest Missouri State University|
|1960-92||Delta Psi Kappa; Honoree P.E. fraternity in existence|
|1961||Lamkin remolded originally|
|1966-99||Orchesis Dance Club started|
|1966||Volleyball started at Northwest Missouri State University|
|1967||Women's Basketball club stated by Janie Walker|
|1968||Women's Track started|
|1970's||Archery and fencing clubs started; Tennis, bowling and softball; Started by Barb Bernard|
|1971-90||Dance Minor available|
|1971||Sherri Reeves is the 1st women's basketball coach at Northwest Missouri State University|
|1973||Martindale demolished, except for the gym|
|1973||Scholarships are formed at Northwest Missouri State University|
|1975||Martindale offices moved back in new building|
|1978-79||Two separate departments Men/Women are united as one|
|1980||Foster Aquatic Center opened|
|1984||The last year for the Physical Education lifetime certificate|
|1995||Lamkin renovated and new addition added; Student Recreation Center|
In the spring of 2003, Dr. Jim Johnson with the Maryville City Manager, Matt Chesnut and Shelly Hersh created a City Wellness Council to address the Health and Wellness needs of the City of Maryville Employees. During the spring semester, classes of Dr. Johnson have presented numerous Wellness Programs for City Employees, as well as Needs Assessments, and a City Health Fair.
Realizing the success for a wellness program for city employees; Dr. Terry Robertson (former department chair) and Matt Chesnut (City Manager) with the approval of the City Council (Dr. Ron Moss, Mayor); the University and City created a joint partnership between the University and the City.
This partnership created a new Graduate Assistantship for the department and opportunities for Health and Recreation students to refine their crafts in working with numerous City Wellness Programs. Beginning in the fall of 2003, Dr. Jim Johnson was contracted to be the City Consultant, and since then a Graduate Assistant has been contracted to act as the City Wellness Director.
The City can boast a healthy city participation rate in year-round wellness programs and offerings do to the partnership between the University and the City of Maryville.
Empower me is a unique community-based project designed to build resiliency, responsibility and self respect among youth who find themselves on the pathway towards adjudication. In its pilot phase, the project served eighteen, 14-16 old youth identified and served by the first status offenders program of Buchanan Country. The primary goal of the project is to reduce the number of first offenders who remain in or return to the justice system.
Empower me was funded, designed and pilot through a partnership between the heartland Foundation of Northwest Missouri and the Juvenile Office of the Fifth Judicial Circuit Court of the Buchanan Country.