What is the Lumen Christi Catholic School Human Physiology Lab?
Major newspapers, magazines and many television ads inform us that wellness is one of the most important aspect of our lives. As educators we need to educate our student population about their wellness. With our Human Physiology Lab (“HPL”), we at Lumen Christi we have an opportunity to fill that need better than any other high school in the United States.
To measure the outcomes of physical wellness, we need to “Know your numbers“. These numbers are vital statistics such as blood pressure and cholesterol. However, what if we could take it a step further and know more numbers? Or, better yet, know why you are measuring these numbers, as well as, what is the ‘normal’ number for you.
In the Human Physiology Lab all students can learn in an interdisciplinary way what ECG, EEG, EMG, blood pressure, reaction time, and respiration rate are, as well as, how to measure them and how to do the calculations.
The equipment in the HPL allows us to incorporate more than just “health”, which is only one aspect of wellness. To do this we are looking to use all of the measurable physiological effects in many different courses. Science and Physical Education classes collect and analyze data. Math classes learn to calculate the data in real time.
Over time, Literature, Psychology and Theology classes will also use the data to explore the psychological and emotional effects of exercise. Our ultimate goal is to have an integrated curriculum for all classes to be learning how the intellectual, social, physical, emotional, occupational, and spiritual aspects affect our daily life.