The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook

Description

This course provides an introduction to the triad of nutrition, physical activity and psychological health and how they are linked and interact to impact on overall wellness. The importance of food and nutrition, physical activity and exercise and of emotional and mental health in the overall concept of wellness and their contribution to conditions and disease states such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and dementia, will be covered. The modern lifestyle will be compared to more traditional lifestyles in relation to how it has impacted on the nutrition, physical activity and psychological health triad and thereby on overall wellness.


Availability2019 Course Timetables

Online

  • Semester 1 - 2019
  • Semester 2 - 2019

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Describe the nutrients and other food components and the impact they can have on wellness.

2. Describe physical activity, exercise and fitness and the impact these can have on wellness.

3. Describe important psychological factors which can impact on wellness.

4. Describe the links and interactions between nutritional, physical and psychological factors which impact on wellness and the equally important roles they play in terms of the currently common societal conditions and diseases such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and dementia.

5. Describe the modern lifestyle, contrast it to more traditional lifestyles and describe how it has impacted on the nutrition, physical activity and psychological health triad and on overall wellness.


Content

Topics will include:

  1. Introduction to nutrition in terms of the nutrients that are essential for health and wellbeing, the foods that provide them and the health issues that occur when they are in short or oversupply.
  2. Introduction to components and characteristics of food, natural or processed, which can have positive or negative impact on wellness.
  3. Introduction to physical activity and exercise and their impact on fitness and wellness.
  4. Introduction to emotional and mental health aspects, which are important for wellness.
  5. Discussion of the health triad of nutrition, physical activity and psychological health and how they are linked and interact to impact positively or negatively on overall wellness, especially in terms of the currently common societal conditions and diseases such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and dementia.
  6. Discussion of the modern lifestyle, how it contrasts with more traditional lifestyles and how it has impacted on the nutrition, physical activity and psychological health triad and on overall wellness.

Assessment items

Online Learning Activity: Online Discussion

In Term Test: Examination: On-line

Quiz: Quiz - On-line

Written Assignment: Essays / Written Assignments


Contact hours

Online

Online Activity

Online 24 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Hours per week will vary according to whether the course is offered as a semester 1 and 2 course or as a summer course. The total number of hours per term remains the same.

Self-Directed Learning

Online 24 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Hours per week will vary according to whether the course is offered as a semester 1 and 2 course or as a summer course. The total number of hours per term remains the same.