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Road to Wellness Part 2
Course Length: 1 Semester
Has Textbook: Yes

In Road to Wellness Part 2, students will continue to study a variety of topics with factors related to nutrition and physical fitness. Students will delve further into basic nutrition principles, the digestive system, practicing nutrition, the new dietary guidelines, label reading, and food safety. Topics such as the foundation of physical fitness, exercise guidelines, and sports nutrition are discussed in more detail. The conclusion of this course will continue to motivate students to make healthy lifestyle choices.

It is recommended that students complete Road to Wellness Part 1 or equivalent course work before enrolling in this course.

Course Objectives

Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills

  • Identify cardiovascular disease and its associated risks.
  • Analyze the different types of cholesterol and a lipid profile.
  • Describe the dietary principles provided by the American Heart Association.
  • Identify the signs of diabetes, and compare and contrast the two types of this disease.
  • Analyze and differentiate amongst gastrointestinal disorders such as GERD, lactose intolerance, irritable bowel syndrome, celiac sprue, Crohn's disease, and colitis.
  • Differentiate between two eating disorders known as anorexia nervosa and bulimia, and determine the implications of these two disorders.
  • Explain and discuss iron-deficiency anemia and osteoporosis.

Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills

  • Differentiate between nutritious snacks and less nutritious snacks with examples.
  • Identify and list healthy alternatives for some high-fat ingredients in a recipe.
  • Demonstrate how to make healthy choices while dining out by identifying key menu terms.
  • Analyze the four components of physical fitness.
  • Explain the concept of total physical fitness.
  • Comprehend and explain the specific nutrient (calorie) needs when exercising.
  • Analyze how physical activity can influence health and wellness and what activities to incorporate into your wellness plan.

Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills

  • Explain the different types of stretching and the importance of incorporating an effective stretching program into one's daily routine. 
  • Identify and describe the major muscle groups.                                  
  • Analyze the benefits of strength training and when it is safe for adolescents. 
  • Explain the benefits of cardiovascular exercise. 
  • Identify and describe the recommendations for cardiovascular exercise. 
  • Describe how to measure one’s heart rate and how to determine one’s resting heart rate.

Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills

  • Explain the importance of hydration, the functions of water, dehydration and its symptoms, and water/hydration requirements.
  • Identify and explain the current regulation of nutrition supplements and concern with their use, and identify fraudulence on supplement labels.
  • Explain the basic principles of carbohydrate loading and factors to consider.
  • Examine the various types of sports supplements and their risks. 
  • Identify where creatine is produced in the body and dietary sources of creatine. 
  • Explain how creatine works and the risk factors of using it as a supplement.
  • Compare and contrast moderate and vigorous physical activities. 
  • Analyze the guidelines for a well-balanced training program.

Course Materials

  • NNDS Road to Wellness (textbook)