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Weight: Effects on Health and Attitudes

3 Credits
This course is designed to help teachers and their students acquire an historic and consumer perspective of dieting. Different diet routines and their planned outcomes will be reviewed along with their associated medical implications. Cultural expectations, personal motivation, and the regimen of exercise will be explored. Also included is developing the sensitivity of teachers to potential dangers students may experience during weight reduction. Course assignments encourage participants to integrate specific national standards for physical education. Objectives for each lesson are modeled around standards-based learning as identified by Shape America's National Standards for Heath.

This course is basically about teaching students how to use the various tools to improve their self-image through maintaining a healthy body weight. Students will learn the effect of weight on self-esteem and how culture affects a person's weight. They will compare and contrast a variety of weight loss programs and diets including fad diets and faulty weight loss schemes. They will examine weight bias in the media, explore various techniques of weight loss motivation, and calculate the effect of physical exercise on weight loss. Finally, they will create a number of lesson plans they can use to help their own students manage weight and develop positive self-images.

NOTE: Required book must be acquired separately.

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Anita Young

My family emigrated to America from Holland when I was nine. My siblings and I were active in many sports and excelled in them while we were learning English. In college, I chose to study to be a teacher and imitate the teachers who had given me confidence and direction. I have been a teacher for 30+ years and have taught all levels and many teachers. I find that passionate teachers are invested in their students' learning as much as in their subject. One of my fondest memories is a parent who told me that her son had chosen to be a pastor and credited me with inspiring him to serve. After sharing my faith testimony with my 9th graders, their responses were that I should speak in chapel; then they organized themselves to clean up the campus to show an example of Christ-like leadership. Some of the finest compliments ever given me were the student teachers assigned to me from Fresno State after my students had repeatedly scored the highest in the district on the STAR tests. Through Fresno Pacific, I get to work with teachers and share their experiences and stories.