Kinesiology & Nutrition I: Movement and Healthy Choices for the Active Student

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Single-semester course. Kinesiology and Nutrition I: Movement and Healthy Choices helps students grow in their knowledge of healthy movement habits necessary for an active lifestyle. The course has four main points of emphasis in regard to human activity: 1) Understanding the mechanical and neurological processes that allow the body to move dynamically; 2) Applying that understanding to practice basic functional movements in everyday life—lifting, pulling, pushing, squatting, contorting, etc; 3) Learning how to better establish habits to lead to physical health in everyday life through participating in sports and exercise programs and using everyday life choices to engage in a culture of movement and acting; and 4) Identifying the challenges to health living in modern life, and in particular at different phases of life, especially as students move beyond high school, into college and/or the working world.

Kinesiology is the study of movement, and as such this course challenges the student to grow in their knowledge, practice, and skills necessary to live an active lifestyle with healthy nutrition. The foundation of the course is the development of valuable habits and constant self-evaluation. Students will explore brain-body interaction, physiological foundations to movement patterns, muscle and joint functions, goal development, exercise habits, and problems contemporary life presents to proper exercise habits, including social pressures, and habits we find in our everyday life.

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Class meets once per week for 50-55 minutes.

Class cap: 20 students.

Designed for grades 9-12.

Students in grades 9-12 may be awarded .5 credit in Physical Fitness or Health upon completion of this course. 

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