HLTH 533: Behavioral Aspects of Diet, Activity and Health
The combination of poor diet and lack of physical activity has been identified as the second leading preventable cause of death in the United States, second only to tobacco. Therefore, understanding and positively changing these bahaviors is of paramount importance for the field of public health. This course examines the epidemiology of population-based dietary and physical activity behaviors, the social and behavioral contexts and meanings of diet and physical activity, their relationships to chronic diseases, and public health intervention approaches. Students use the principle of energy balance -the balance between energy intake (through food and drink) and energy expenditure (primarily through physical activity) - as a framework for studying and intervening in diet and activity behaviors. Students examine issues including overweight and obesity, poverty and food insufficiency, sedentary leisure habits, and the roles of individuals, government, and industry. Students critically analyze current initiatives in the United States and other industrialized nations. Emphasis is placed on theoretically sound intervention approaches and primary prevention through the cultivation of habits that promote health and prevent disease. 3 hours lecture.