Kinesiology & Nutrition IV: Advanced Heath Challenges

One-semester course. High school students are busy. They barely have time for their classwork, let alone the time to take care of themselves. Nutrition and fitness are often the first thing overlooked by stressed-out students–but the long-term effects of poor eating habits and a sedentary lifestyle can lead to cardio-vascular disease, obesity, diabetes, and mental health struggles. 

In this course students will look hard at the health choices they make daily. In addition to learning how to manage and overcome daily stress and other impositions on their nutrition and fitness routine, students will examine the influences of food lobbyists, large corporations, and social pressure on decision making. Practical focus will be placed on the formation of healthy eating, physical fitness, and personal habit–despite the forces working against good decisions in everyday life. At the end of this course, students will be able to make informed decisions about their personal wellness, and will be equipped to make choices that will promote a lifetime of good health.

Please note: Courses in the Kinesiology & Nutrition series do not need to be taken sequentially. 
*Alternates with Kinesiology & Nutrition II: Nutrition and Healthy Choices for the Active Student. Will be offered Spring 2026.

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Kinesiology & Nutrition IV: Advanced Heath Challenges Information

  • Example Syllabus
  • Class meets once per week for 50-55 minutes.
  • Class cap: 20 students.
  • Designed for grades 9-12.
  • High school students may be awarded .5 credit in Physical Fitness or Health upon completion of this course.

Course Materials

  • Click here to purchase the course texts.
    • No Weigh! A Teen’s Guide to Positive Body Image, Food, and Emotional Wisdom
    • Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, Michael Moss
    • Learning to Breathe Fire: The Rise of CrossFit and the Primal Future of Fitness, J.C. Herz
    • Food, Inc.
    • Food Inc.: A Participant Guide: How Industrial Food is Making Us Sicker, Fatter, and Poorer-And What You Can Do About It

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