Over 65 percent of adults and over 30 percent of children meet the classification
of being overweight or obese, and with this excess weight comes numerous
health conditions that include heart disease, diabetes, cancer, musculoskeletal
disorders, and even impairments in cognitive function. Because in most
cases the core cause of obesity and its related health conditions is a
poor quality of diet and lack of sufficient physical activity, it is no
surprise that to reverse this health problem a foundation of proper nutrition
and sufficient physical activity is imperative.
This course is designed to provide a foundation of nutritional knowledge to develop a sustainable pattern of healthy eating. To this will be added a foundation of knowledge related to physical activity and exercise. These two key lifestyle behaviors are then brought together under the umbrella of calorie balance, which is the understanding of how we balance the calories that we eat in our diet with the calories that we burn to sustain life and to perform all of our daily tasks and functions.
Ultimately, this information can only be of value if individuals understand how to engage in these healthy behaviors within their daily lives when they are faced with challenges and barriers. This course will address key issues and will provide information on effective strategies for adopting and maintaining these targeted behaviors as they apply to the adoption and maintenance of a healthy lifestyle.
There are no required textbooks for this course. Please see the list of
recommended readings and references below. There will also be links to
online documents and resources provided throughout the course.
There are no prerequisites for this course. However, a general background
in basic nutrition and physical activity may be helpful to the student
prior to taking this course.
This class will consist of lecture recordings of modules on specific topics.
Each week will have a quiz focused on the content of that specific module
to assist students with assessment of their learning. There will also be
out of class activities and readings, plus a final exam.
Pennsylvania Act 48 Credit
Pennsylvania educators who successfully complete all components of the Nutrition and Physical Activity course and earn a Statement of Accomplishment are eligible for 60 hours of Act 48 credit from the University of Pittsburgh. During the last week of the course (Week 6), you will be required to complete a survey that includes information, which will be provided to the Professional Education Record Management System.
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