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HLHSCI 149 - Nutrition for Fitness and Balanced Living - Dr. Jessica Schulman

Course:Nutrition for Fitness and Balanced Living
Professor:Dr. Jessica Schulman
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths



My name is Jessica Schulman and I will be your instructor and guide your learning experience this term!   My mission is to help you to succeed in the course and apply your nutrition knowledge toward advancing your career and improving your overall health.  A little bit about me:  My background is in nutrition, fitness, and wellness.  I graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and went on to achieve a master’s degree in public health nutrition, while completing my dietetic internship (registered dietitian/nutritionist) at the VA Medical Center, West Los Angeles.

I completed a PhD at the University of Florida, College of Health and Human Performance and completed a master's degree in clinical psychology and school counseling certificate.   I worked as a clinical dietitian at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and led fitness classes at UCLA’s John Wooden Center.

I have written books on nutrition immunology and behavioral nutrition: (1) Nutrition in Sickness and in Health and (2) Relational Nutrition: The Psychology of Attachment and Food Behavior.

I practice what I preach in class.  I eat mindfully and am passionate about staying active.  In 2022, I competed in the Pan American Swim Championships (19 countries) representing the Valencia Paseo Club Masters Swim Team and brought home metals!   

I have over 8 years of teaching experience on-line and on-ground and excited to teach students about nutrition and fitness! 


Course Description

Examines the psycho-biological, cultural, social, cognitive, and environmental factors that influence a person’s eating and physical activity behaviors and body image. Provides practical strategies to promote healthy attitudes and behavior.  Note:  This class is geared toward nutrition behavior and lifestyle modification and not clinical nutrition.  

What to Expect in this Course

The content will be delivered in weekly modules.  Students are expected to login to Canvas the first day to show that they are present and then regularly (3-4 times per week). There will be several building block assignments that lead to a final “signature assignment”.  The signature assignment gives students an opportunity to reflect on their personal health attitudes, goals, and develop a plan toward achieving nutrition wellness after the course ends.

Types of Assessments

There will be a couple quizzes and several building block assignments that lead to a final “signature assignment” -- which is project based.

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Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

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Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

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Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

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Online Counseling

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Management of Stress and Mental Health

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Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

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Last updated: 08/18/2022 Sub#: 76