Kinesiology and Nutrition II

Course Description


Single-semester course (Spring only). Kinesiology and Nutrition II challenges the student to grow the knowledge, practice, and skills necessary to live an active lifestyle with healthy nutrition. The goal of the course is the development of valuable health and fitness habits, along with the habit of constant self-evaluation.

In terms of kinesiology, students will look at the physiological foundations of movements, paying particular attention to brain-body interaction; physiological foundations of movement patterns; muscle and joint functions; goal development; exercise habits; and the problems contemporary life presents for maintaining proper exercise habits, including social pressures and cultural assumptions.

In terms of nutrition, students will examine the basics of nutrition, including the recommended dietary guidelines; selection, preparation, and serving of nutritious foods; how to build a strong foundation for life-long nutrition; and the pitfalls of fad diets and other short-cuts to nutrition.

Students will also learn about careers in the fields of kinesiology and nutrition and further courses of study.

This course may be taken alone, or as the second in a series of health-related courses. Students who have previously taken Kinesiology and Nutrition I will build upon what was presented in that class, but this course may also be taken as a standalone.

Example Syllabus (Download the PDF)

Required texts:

  • Kinesiology for Dummies, by Stephen Glass, Ph.D, Brian Hatzel, Ph.D, and Rick Albercht, Ph.D. ISBN 9781118549230  (Available through Amazon)
  • Nutrition for Dummies, by Carol Ann Rinzler. ISBN 9781119130246 (Available through Amazon)

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.