Nutrition for Fitness and Balanced Living
transfer credit (Category E)
Instructor: Sheri Barke, MPH, RD, CSSD
What is this course about?
This course examines the
physiological, social, psychological, and environmental factors that
influence a person’s eating behaviors, physical activity patterns,
and body image. It empowers students to develop and promote healthy
eating and physical activity attitudes and behaviors for themselves
and for others.
This course goes beyond the science of nutrition and exercise by
focusing more on…
the psychology of
eating/activity behavior (including stress and disordered
eating, body image and weight prejudice, cognitive distortions
and self-talk, and the parent-child feeding relationship).
practical tools for eating
well, being active, and feeling good (including how to eat on
the run, deal with difficult social eating situations, eat for
optimal exercise performance, grocery shop and cook, manage
stress, and evaluate popular diets and supplements).
strategies for promoting
healthy eating and physical activity at the community and
individual levels (including what role the food industry,
schools, and government should play in reducing the “toxic food
environment” and what specific steps parents, teachers, and
health professionals can take to avoid inadvertently increasing
disordered eating and weight problems).
Who should take this course?
On a personal level, ALL
students will benefit.
On a professional level, this
course is particularly important for students in the following
fields: nursing, nutrition/dietetics, public health, physical
education/kinesiology, athletic training, teaching, early
childhood education, psychology, and sociology.
View the course syllabus.
For more info, contact Sheri Barke, MPH, RD at the COC Student
Health & Wellness Center, 661-362-3244 or