Lincoln University, here in southeastern Pennsylvania, has dropped its controversial three-year-old requirement that students must take an exercise class if they have a body mass index greater than 30 (the commonly accepted benchmark for obesity). There was a general sense that these stocky students were being discriminated against, a highly charged prospect at a historically black university.
So should college students be required to attend to their physical well-being, in addition to their intellectual development? A monograph could probably be written on this history of this idea—heck, it probably already has. I seem to recall that in days of yore—late nineteenth century, early 20th—undergraduates were required to prove their physical mettle before being handed a diploma, but there was absolutely nothing along these lines in my college days. I believe that is also the case now at my employer, the University of Delaware. So how about it, Gigi, Lizy, Maria, and readers: what if anything is in place at your institutions? Do you think colleges should develop healthy minds and healthy bodies?
I await your replies.