Child Obesity: Change Your Brain, Change Your Body

ED 501 Course Syllabus and Assignments

Course Readings

Change your Brain: Change your Body: by Daniel Amen. 2010. New York: Harmony Books. 310 pages. PBS Educational DVD movies.

Course Description

This course will address the topics associated with overeating, poor health and child obesity. Child obesity is a result of adult modeling and social conditioning. The book examines the historical myths of fad dieting or will power and why they do not work. Solutions are presented regarding cravings, nutrition, exercise, hormones, focus and various issues related to health. The relationship between the brains major role and the holistic integration of healthy life style habits are emphasized. Negative thinking patterns, inattention and brain disorders are addressed for teacher awareness and school interventions. Educators will develop an action plan or activities that address how teachers and schools can address the concerns of child obesity in today's society.

Course Objectives

1. Educators will be presented with the ten principals for changing your brain and body that includes the brain's physiology and action steps to address any deficiencies.

2. Participants will learn about balancing brain chemistry to regain control over cravings and the will power robbers that keep individuals from their optimal weight.

3. Educators will learn about the ideal foods to meet the nutritional needs of the brain in order to function at optimum levels both physically and mentally for focus and learning.

4. Participants will review the role of exercise to the body as well as the value to the brain that include positive behavior, better sleep, hormone balancing and other benefits.

5. Educators will examine the new brain and body science as it relates to them personally and develop lessons or activities that address health and child obesity issues in schools.

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Course Syllabus and Assignment Rubrics

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The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards seeks to identify and recognize teachers who effectively enhance student learning and demonstrate the high level of knowledge, skills, abilities and commitments. This course aligns with #1, #2, #3 #4 and #5 of those standards.

Chapter Review/Reflections:

Write several paragraphs summarizing the main ideas, knowledge or information you thought was significant from each chapter in the book. Extended bullet points of main issues are also acceptable. See rubric for guidelines.

Chapters:

1. Missing Link, The Brain-Body Solution
2. Craving Solution: Willpower and Urges
3. Weight Solution: Optimal Weight
4. Nutrition Solution: Feed Your Brain
5. Exercise Solution: Strengthen the Brain
6. Skin Solution: Brain Signals
7. Hormone Solution: Balance Hormones
8. Heart Solution: Brain and Heart
9. Focus and Energy: Boost Energy
10. Sleep Solution: Slimmer Shape
11. Stress Solution: Immune System
12. Memory Solution: Remembering
13. ANT's: Automatic Negative Thoughts
14. Passion Solution: Recharging
15. Brain Health: Disorders and Illness
16. Change Other Peoples Bodies

Writing Assignments

After the chapter reviews, write a two-page paper linking key concepts from the book: Change your Brain: Change your Body by Daniel Amen, to your specific classroom context. Compose your writings on areas of interest that are relevant to your teaching discipline or professional experience. This will enhance your capacity to apply the new concepts learned in this course. Focus your writings and activities on the concepts and strategies from the book and related assignments on how you can apply them to your school environment, teaching methodology and instructional practice.

Required Assignments

1. Book readings
2. Chapter reviews
3. Research article review
4. Project or activity
5. Final application essay

Email Assignments to: teacherslearningcenter@gmail.com in 1 or 2 Words docs.
Instructor: Joseph C'de Baca 727-258-7233

Child Obesity: Change Your Brain, Change Your Body

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3 Credits

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