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Course Syllabus: Childhood Obesity


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Course Description

Are you one of those parents who constantly worry about your child's weight? Are you unsure about the kind of help and support an overweight child needs? Or are you looking for ways to prevent your child from gaining excess weight? Whichever the case, this course will provide the information and support you need.

This course uses a two-sided approach. First, we want to offer help to any parents out there who already have overweight children and want to help them get healthy and slim down safely. We also want this course to serve as a resource for all parents concerned with healthy eating habits, exercise, and everyday issues to prevent childhood obesity.  

For that reason, the first half of this course is geared to those parents currently battling the weight problem with their children (or any child for that matter).   The second half goes through the stages of a child's life, from infancy through adolescence, and gives you information, tips, and instruction to help keep your child healthy and within a normal weight range.   If your child is currently overweight, this part will provide you with ideas for healthy eating habits and activities.

This course will also help you identify what you need to do now and down the road to help your child lose weight and stay healthy. We'll go over the checkpoints you'll pass along the way, and every twist and turn that you may face up ahead.   Not only will this course explain childhood obesity to you, it will help you conquer it with your child. 

Just remember, however, that this course should never replace the expert of advice of a doctor, dietician, or otherwise qualified healthcare professional. The purpose of this course is education and awareness. It's the first step in understanding and conquering the childhood obesity epidemic. With that said, welcome to the course.

Course Requirements

This course does not require any previous medical background. Any aged learner (18 or older) is welcome.

This online course contains 11 easy to read lessons which can be completed at own pace (access to course upon enrollment will be available for up to 6 months)

Course Outline

Lesson 1: Introduction

Lesson 2: The Childhood Obesity Epidemic

Lesson 3: Nutrition and Your Child's Health

Lesson 4: Physical Activity

Lesson 5: Consistency

Lesson 6: Your Parenting Style and Challenges

Lesson 7: Getting Your Child Back to Good Health

Lesson 8: Pregnancy and Your Child's First Year

Lesson 9: The Toddler and Preschool Years

Lesson 10: The School and Adolescent Years

Lesson 11: If Problems Arise

Course Materials

All course material is available within this online course.

Grading Policy

Each lesson is followed by an end of the lesson multiple choice and T/F Quiz . Some of the lessons will be followed by an assignment based on lesson facts and opinions expressed.

70% or higher will be required in order to complete this course.  

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Understand what child obesity is and isn't.
  • Describe the childhood obesity epidemic.
  • Describe nutrition and your child's health.
  • Know physical activity.
  • Describe the importance of consistency.
  • Identify your parenting style and challenges.
  • Determine getting your child back to good health.
  • Know pregnancy and your child's first year.
  • Know the toddler and preschool years.
  • Know the school and adolescent years, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
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Assessment Guide

An Introduction1
Lesson 1: Introduction10
Lesson 2: The Childhood Obesity Epidemic10
Lesson 3: Nutrition and Your Child's Health10
Lesson 4: Physical Activity10
Lesson 5: Consistency10
Lesson 6: Your Parenting Style and Challenges10
Lesson 7: Getting Your Child Back to Good Health10
Lesson 8: Pregnancy and Your Child's First Year10
Lesson 9: The Toddler and Preschool Years9
Lesson 10: The School and Adolescent Years8
Lesson 11: If Problems Arise7
The Final Exam50
Total Points:155
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