PUB 199 The Science of Healthy Living

Format: This is course is taught in a "hybrid" format. Much of the basic content is delivered on-line and then discussed in class. In order to be successful in this course, students must engage in effective time management away from the classroom to prepare for the in-class discussions. Description: Most behavior-driven diseases or conditions are largely a result of poor lifestyle choices and can be prevented. But three of these conditions - heart disease, cancer and diabetes are among the leading causes of death worldwide. Two behaviors in particular that increase the risk of contracting these diseases are a sedentary lifestyle and poor nutrition. Treating and managing these diseases costs billions of dollars each year, which creates a huge burden on health-care systems. But, if we can find a way to get the majority of our world population to make healthier lifestyle choices, which is a simple and effective way to reduce risk and help manage existing disease, much of this burden would be eliminated. This Freshman Seminar will allow students to explore the mechanisms through which physical inactivity and poor nutrition are linked to high risk for contracting heart disease, certain types of cancer and diabetes and how adopting an active lifestyle and better eating habits can reduce risk, increase quality of life and delay the onset of debilitating illness later in life. Please note: This course is not recommended for students in non-science majors.