Healthy Living Learning Community

Healthy Living Learning Community

Learning . . . Living . . . Exploring

Students will develop a sense of balance and responsibility with a special focus on caring for the development of the whole person.  Students in Healthy Living will:

  • Take a specially-designated section of the humanities seminar Augustine and Culture (ACS) with other students in their learning community
  • Participate in a one-credit workshop style class that meets weekly in Katharine Hall, called Villanova Experience: Healthy Living Learning Community in which students will:
    • Develop competency and literacy in identifying credible, reliable and accurate health resources
    • Build skills that allow them to make healthy lifestyle choices in the short and long-term
    • Develop a sense of personal responsibility for their own individual health and their impact on the health of the community
    • Feel empowered to create a healthy living and learning environment
  • Live together in Katharine Hall on south campus
  • Enjoy a more enriched academic and co-curricular experience because of student and faculty interactions in and out of the classroom, creating a stronger community for first-year students

"The healthy living learning community didn't just teach me how to stay fit and eat right, it taught me how to live all aspects of my life, the physical, emotional and social parts, in a healthier way.  The lessons on stress management helped me out so much as a freshman.  When those stressful moments came, I utilized the lessons learning to help get me through it. "   
---Amanda Iannuzzi, Class of 2013


Being in Healthy Living means ...

Exploring ways to be intentional about your life choices: socially, physically, intellectually, culturally, emotionally, and spiritually

Learning how to better balance your first year

Working on a year-long healthy behavior change goal that matters to you

Getting to know facilitators who are committed to learning in and out of class

Participating in dynamic weekly conversations with your classmates on issues that matter

Being part of a community within your residence hall...strong friendships that last a lifetime

Connecting with faculty, administrators, junior or senior students, campus life, and your own classmates

Healthy Living

About the Community

Students selected will be enrolled in designated sections of ACS and VEXP that correspond to their Learning Community theme, along with the appropriate housing assignment.  Learning Communities are open to all first-year students in all colleges.  The one-credit VEXP class is in addition to the normal course load and runs from the beginning of Fall semester until Spring Break.  It is designed not to interfere with other academic requirements.