Nutrition and Exercise Focused Learning

Nutrition and Exercise Focused Learning 

A healthy lifestyle is essential to feeling good and staying healthy. Many conditions that affect quality of life—like obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome—are more common in people who lead an unhealthy lifestyle. Studies show that people who are healthy are usually happier and have fewer injuries than people who are unhealthy. As we get older, choosing to be active and eat well starts to become more important to our health and quality of life. Unfortunately, evidence shows that individuals with disabilities tend to be less physically active and make more unhealthy choices when it comes to nutrition and exercise. Involving individuals in coming up with creative solutions to inactivity and identifying positive options for healthy eating is the best way to work toward a healthy lifestyle. This course will review guidelines for good health and ways you can empower the individuals to make good choices and feel great.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals


This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Non-Licensed Direct Care (DSP, HHA, CNA, DCW, PCA, IHA, NA)


Course Details

Course Code: REL-IDD-0-NE
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 10/31/2020
Learning Objectives:
Support healthy and sustainable decisions at mealtime.
Include physical activity into daily routines as a part of a healthy lifestyle.
Use the new information to identify and present healthy lifestyle choices for individuals at any level of functional ability.

Section One: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section Two: Healthy Meal Choices A. Mike B. Nutrition Pretest C. D. Substitutions E. Portions F. Review Section Three: Moving Forward - Physical Activity A. Exercise is for Everyone B. How Much? C. Muscle-Strengthening Activities D. Empowering People E. Sarah F. Getting Started G. Adaptation H. Emily I. Great Adaptions J. Section Summary Section Four: Empowering Individuals A. Ben, the Early Riser B. Turning It Around C. Motivating Mike D. Building a New Routine E. Summary Section Five: Conclusion A. Summary B. Congratulations! C. Put Into Practice

Instructor: Megan MacDonald, PhD
Megan MacDonald is an assistant professor at Oregon State University, in the College of Public Health & Human Sciences. She received her PhD in Kinesiology, from the University of Michigan in 2011. Her area of expertise is in adapted physical activity. Dr. MacDonald’s international and national education and experience in kinesiology and adapted physical activity have focused on the evidence-based practices of adapted physical activity for individuals with disabilities. Her long-term career goal is to improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities and to become a leader in the evidence-based practice of adapted physical activity. She has been teaching within higher education since 2006 and believes that learning is a lifelong and ever-changing process. She teaches undergraduate and graduate level course in adapted physical activity and kinesiology. Dr. MacDonald’s research is focused on how physically active lifestyles impact other areas of life for individuals with disabilities. She directs the Children & Youth with Disabilities Laboratory. Currently, her research projects focus on physical fitness, physical activity and motor skills in children with disabilities. In addition to directing the Children & Youth with Disabilities Laboratory, at Oregon State University, Dr. MacDonald also co-directs three adapted physical activity programs, the Individualized Movement and Physical Activity for Children Today (IMPACT), IMPACT for Life and the Multiple Sclerosis Exercise Program. Disclosure: Megan MacDonald, PhD has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: entry and intermediate level Direct Support Professionals; in the following settings: Intellectual Developmental Disabilities.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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