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149 - Nutrition, Fitness, and Balanced Living - Sarah Morris

Course:Nutrition, Fitness, and Balanced Living
Professor:Sarah Morris
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Presents a comprehensive study of the psycho-biological, social, cultural, cognitive, and environmental factors that can have influence on a person’s nutritional intake and behavior.  Body image and physical activity will be covered. Strategies that promote healthy behaviors and attitudes will be discussed.

Course Description

Ability to analyze and evaluate the basics of nutrition and physical activity.


  1. Identify nutritional problems in the United States and how these problems are related and could be prevented.
  2. Critique popular claims or “fad diets” regarding carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Also, dietary supplements and how these affect the human body.
  3. Explore the negative physiological, psychological, and behavioral effects of diets and restrictive eating.
  4. Continue to analyze personal and environmental barriers to having a balanced diet and exercise program.

What to Expect in this Course

Participation is crucial for your success in this class. Discussion posts will open on the Monday at midnight of the week. It is the student’s participation in the discussion posts that allows for conversations and learning new concepts. Replies to 3 of your fellow students is required by the Thursday at 11:59 pm of that week. All discussion posts will be closed on the Sunday at 11:59 pm before the new week starts.  If you are making the decision to drop the class, it is your responsibility to process the necessary forms.

            Weekly we will be doing one to two chapters a week and focus on a different aspect of health and exercise. I will be using PowerPoints to lecture on the chapters. I will embed videos for you to watch to help with vocabulary.

Types of Assessments

There will be 5 quizzes that will consist of matching, labeling, and short answers. Quizzes will be times and only open for a designated period of time.

Journals: These will be on going journal entries throughout the semester. It will include a food and exercise diary. This is the breakdown of everyone’s diet and exercise habits. This will be a semester long assignment.

Textbook Information

Nutrition for Healthy Living (6th ed.)             Author: Wendy J. Schiff

Additional Resources


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Last updated: 07/27/2022 Sub#: 1421