The dietary habits of Taiwanese people are westernizing as a result of the high economic development and improved living standards of the past few decades. Unfortunately, many death causes also westernized, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, heart disease, and diabetes. Long-term sitting due to industrialization and technological advancement may have formed part of this result. With the rise of public awareness of health, people began realizing the advantage of exercise and are now eager to spend time on exercise. Some even spend money on the gym. For this reason, the sports industry began to thrive and has become a rising star. As how to improve living quality and enrich the health-promoting knowledge of citizens has become an important issue, people with professional management skills for sports, recreation, and health will become indispensible in our future daily life.
Aiming to improve national health and enhance recreation quality, this degree program is committed to developing service, planning, and management competence and enforcing "skills development" and "service upgrade" for the sports, recreation and health management industries, in order to equip students with the necessary competence for sports, recreation, and health management. Based on the needs of students, industry, and communities, we have integrated the resources of this university, its colleges and departments, and those outside of this school to establish the teaching and curriculum development characteristics of this program and determine the following two training directions:
1.Sports and Recreation: To cultivate personnel for planning recreational and creative activities, leisure resorts, and health clubs and thereby develop professionals for the operation and management of recreation businesses.
2.Health Management: To train students as sports instructors and health promoters for elderly people.
We also teamed up with the Department of Food and Beverage Services and the Bachelor's Degree Program of the Elderly Living Service Industry of the College of Living Technology, and the Hotel Management Program of the College of Management to promote the innovation and R&D of the health management industry and living domain; and train management talent equipped with theory, practice, expertise, and cultural literacy for the operation and marketing of the sports, recreation, and health management industries.
A degree program by nature is the same as an ordinary department. It is different from an ordinary department in the way that it has different teaching resources and teachers from different departments. We can say that it is a gathering of the best teachers of the college and even the university. In terms of benefits, in addition to the core courses, a degree program integrates the educational resources of the entire school to provide students with the most effective electives during their course of study. In this way, students can develop other specialties according to personal interest to plan their future competence. Compared with ordinary departments, degree programs provide greater flexibility.
The program is supervised by Chair Professor Ning-yuean Lee. As an internationally renowned scholar and expert of nutrition science, sport, health science, and biochemical nutrition, Professor Lee is also the dean of the College of Living Technology and leads the development of this degree program with the resources and sport and physical education faculty members of the entire college. Professor Lee has been the chairperson of the Nutrition Society of Taiwan and the founding chairperson of the Taiwan Home Economics Association and Association of Living Applied Science. At present, Professor Lee is the managing director of the National Society of Physical Education of the ROC and Aerobic Fitness and Health Association of ROC, and the supervisor of the Sports Medicine Association of the ROC. Professor Lee was also one of the pioneers of the National Taiwan College of Physical Education (now National Taiwan Sport University, Taoyuan) and was the founding director of the college's Graduate Institute of Sports Science and dean of student affairs; and the founding dean of the College of Human Ecology and the fifth president of Fu Jen Catholic University. Under the leadership of Professor Lee, this degree program will be extremely competitive. Professor Lee also considers this degree program as his last contribution before retirement. Therefore, his confidence and determination is understood.