10 Years of Taking 8 at State

Students holding a Take 8 at State banner

Spring 2019 marks the 10-year anniversary of the “Take 8 at State” movement by Health and Exercise Studies.

The campaign encourages each student at NC State to take eight credits of HES courses before graduation in order to help foster a lifetime habit of fitness. During the past 10 years, the department has seen the number of students interested in “Taking 8” increase, even resulting in a student taking 16 credits! NC State University not only wants to challenge other universities in academics, but also in physical fitness. That’s why the university remains a leader in health and wellness instruction by requiring two credits of physical education for graduation.

The Department of Health and Exercise Studies (HES) has gone through many changes throughout the past 10 years, but their mission has stayed the same: Educate a globally diverse NC State population regarding the benefits of living a healthy and physically active lifestyle by providing equal opportunities and professional preparation in sport, fitness, health, and recreation. HES offers a variety of both activity and lecture courses and provides five academic minors; including, Coaching Education, Health, Outdoor Leadership, Sports Science, and Dance.

Although research has long supported the physical and mental benefits of exercise, approximately half of all college students do not participate in regular physical activity. The Department of HES encourages students to utilize the resources provided by the university and enroll in HES courses. A student in a HES course will remain physically active and decrease their risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.

“Although research has long supported the physical and mental benefits of exercise, approximately half of all college students do not participate in regular physical activity.”

Additionally, they will improve their cardiovascular endurance, muscle endurance, muscle strength, and flexibility. Research suggests regular exercise can decrease stress, improve self-concept, provide an outlet for socializing, and decrease symptoms of depression. These benefits are associated with long-term exercise, so it’s important to continue a fitness training program not just for two semesters, but for a lifetime.

As you create your Fall 2019 schedule, make a commitment to your mind, body, and spirit and sign up for a HES class. There are approximately 250 class sections (campus + DE) in the fall/spring, 35 class sections (campus + DE) per summer session, and an annual average of 14,000+ seats are offered within the HES Department. From Mountaineering to Tap Dance, HES has the course for you.

Number of Students to complete Take 8 at State:

  • 2018: 29
  • 2017: 77
  • 2016: 98
  • 2015: 74
  • 2014: 46
  • 2013: 40
  • 2012: 38
  • 2011: 23
  • 2010: 4

Check out all the courses available at: https://hes.dasa.ncsu.edu/