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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.

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  • 6 Months to Complete
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  • PC & Mac Compatible
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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1. Introduction

This course is going to address the topic of childhood obesity and give you some of the help you need. But before we delve in, there are a few more things we need to discuss that you will find to be a huge help with your child. 11 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Childhood obesity; Childhood Obesity from the CDC
  • Take Poll: Childhood Obesity Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 1: Introduction

Lesson 2. The Childhood Obesity Epidemic

If you take a few minutes to watch children on the playground or observe some of your child's classmates at school, you'll most likely notice at least a few kids who are overweight, if not obese. 10 Total Points
  • Review Article: How Parents Can Fight Obesity
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 2: The Childhood Obesity Epidemic

Lesson 3. Nutrition and Your Child's Health

Whenever anyone talks about losing weight, they talk about eating less food. Perhaps society has conditioned us that way. 10 Total Points
  • Review 3 Articles: Nutrition for Children; Healthy Diner Finder; Nourish Healthy Kids
  • Take Poll: Nutrition
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 3: Nutrition and Your Child's Health

Lesson 4. Physical Activity

Parents say it all the time and it's very close to being the truth. When we were young, we played outside. 10 Total Points
  • Review Article: Motivating Exercise
  • Take Poll: Physical Activity
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 4: Physical Activity

Lesson 5. Consistency

This and the next lesson in this course are written to help you with this challenge and to try to make it all not so overwhelming for you. 10 Total Points
  • Review Article: Weight Loss: A Family Affair
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 5: Consistency

Lesson 6. Your Parenting Style and Challenges

In this lesson, we're going to discuss the challenges you may face with your child. 10 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Healthy Weights; Recognizing Obesity
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 6: Your Parenting Style and Challenges

Lesson 7. Getting Your Child Back to Good Health

This lesson will focus on the importance of planning before starting your program. 12 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Let's Move; Setback Worksheet
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 7: Getting Your Child Back to Good Health

Lesson 8. Pregnancy and Your Child's First Year

This lesson will begin to discuss that there are also steps we can take as parents to prevent obesity as our kids are growing. 10 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Pre-pregnancy Weight and Childhood Obesity; Infant Obesity
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 8: Pregnancy and Your Child's First Year

Lesson 9. The Toddler and Preschool Years

As your baby grows into a toddler, it may become easier to know when your child is hungry or full, so you won't be second guessing yourself nearly as much and wonder if you're overfeeding or not. 9 Total Points
  • Review 3 Articles: Toddler Obesity and Solid Foods; Preventing Toddler Obesity; Diet for Preschool Children
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 9: The Toddler and Preschool Years

Lesson 10. The School and Adolescent Years

By the time your child reaches five, they are growing in more ways than you can imagine. 8 Total Points
  • Review Article: Preventing Obesity in Children
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 10: The School and Adolescent Years

Lesson 11. If Problems Arise

In this lesson, we've taken the time to talk about some of the more common problems you may face, as well as solutions. 59 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Tips for Parents; How to Beat Childhood Obesity
  • Take Poll: What is your opinion of this course?
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 11: If Problems Arise
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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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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Course Title: Childhood Obesity
Course Number: 7550480
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: General Education (Self-Paced, Online Class)
CEU Value: 0.4 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Dr. Deirdre Mithaug
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with Online CEU Certification: $75.00

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Student Testimonials

  • "The focus on parental encouragement and the handy tips in helping obese children overcome their obstacles was most helpful in the course. Thanks!" -- Alana A.

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