Health and Exercise Science Institute

Workout your future. Master the essentials of nutrition, exercise, and overall wellness.

Are you interested in health and how exercise can help you be healthier? Have you wondered how the body works, and the testing practices used to identify and treat diseases? Gain hands-on experience in the health and exercise science field and insight into the many career opportunities available in the different disciplines of exercise science. Students will learn from Wake Forest faculty about the different systems in the body, practice using technology for health procedures like blood pressure and electromyography (EMG), and tour campus facilities dedicated to health and fitness.

At a Glance

Dates:Summer 2019 dates coming soon!

Eligibility: Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors in high school and incoming college freshmen

Program Length: 1-week sessions

Program Tuition: $2,350

Location: Winston-Salem, NC – Wake Forest University Reynolda Campus
Residential or Non Residential: Residential

*Courses carry no secondary school or college credit. Upon completion of the program, an official Wake Forest University certificate of achievement will be awarded to all Health and Exercise Science Institute participants.


What You’ll Experience

Topics Covered

  • Cardiovascular Anatomy and Health
  • Body Composition
  • Pulmonary Anatomy and Health
  • Muscle Function
  • Cardio-respiratory Testing
  • Fitness Benefits

Hands-On Experience:

  • Heart/Lung Anatomy Lab
  • Heart Rate and Blood Pressure Testing
  • Body Composition Testing
  • Pulmonary Testing
  • Muscle EMG
  • Strength/Fitness Testing
  • Cardio-respiratory Testing
  • Tour the Wake Forest University Fitness Center

Health and Exercise Science Institute Costs:

Reynolda Campus (Residential Program) | $2,250

A Day in the Life

  • 8:00 – 9:00 am – Arrive and Breakfast
  • 9:00 – 9:30 am – Welcome and Program Introduction
  • 9:30 – 10:00 am – Lecture: Cardiovascular Anatomy
  • 10:00 – 11:00 am – Heart/Lung Anatomy Lab
  • 11:00 – 12:00 pm – Heart Rate and Blood Pressure Lab
  • 12:00 – 1:00 pm – Lunch
  • 1:00 – 2:30 pm – Estimating Body Composition Lab
  • 2:30 – 3:30 pm – Strength testing
  • 3:30 – 4:30 pm – Cardio-respiratory testing: treadmill and cycle ergometer
  • 4:30 – 5:30 pm – Debrief for Next Day
  • 5:30 – 6:30 pm – Dinner
  • 6:30 – 7:30 pm – Evening Activities
  • 7:30 – 9:00 pm – Free time
  • 9:00 – 10:00 pm – Prepare for Bed
  • 10:00 pm – Lights Out

Ted Eaves Ted Eaves, EdD, LAT, ATC, CSCS

Academic Leader, Health and Exercise Science Institute

Dr. Eaves received his BS from the College of William & Mary. He then earned his MS from Michigan State and his EdD from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Dr. Eaves teaches Biomechanics of Human Movement and Human Anatomy, as well as Human Physiology and Exercise Physiology. Dr. Eaves has authored the textbook The Practical Guide to Athletic Training, and his research interests include the use of spit tobacco in high school baseball coaches.


James H. Ross

Academic Leader, Health and Exercise Science Institute

James H. Ross is an Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Health and Exercise Science Department. He received Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Ball State University and remained at Ball State for four years as an Instructor of Exercise Science and Assistant Coordinator of the Adult Physical Fitness Program. In 1999 he came to Wake Forest University as an Instructor of Health and Exercise Science and Program Coordinator of the WFU Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. Professor Ross served as the Program Director for the Healthy Exercise and Lifestyle Program (HELPS) at WFU from 2006 until 2009.

Professor Ross has been a member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) since 1994 and holds certifications as a Health Fitness Instructor, Exercise Specialist, and Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist while serving as an ACSM instructor and examiner for certifications in the United States, Italy, and South Korea. Mr. Ross’s research interests include estimating energy expenditure on common exercise equipment and comparing standard body composition measures to dual energy x-ray absorptiometry and Ultrasound. He has also served as a reviewer for the Journal of Cardiac Rehabilitation and Prevention since 2013.