Jun 16-Aug 08, 2014
Credit: 2 graduate
Tuition & Fees: $557.00 NSTA members receive a discount.
Instructor(s): Virginia Lee Mermel
Course DescriptionNutrition habits of children and teens are known to have an impact on their present and future health, their ability to learn and their physical performance (athletics). However, many of these young people are not making the grade nutritionally. For example:
Selected classroom resources, which engage the student and provide for experiential learning, will be highlighted for all content areas. Course participants will be required to complete weekly reading assignments, take part in online discussions (asynchronous), submit 2 short assignments, and complete an independent course project; either develop two nutrition lessons which make use of resources reviewed in class ~OR~ develop a plan for implementing a major objective of the school wellness policy. The class project is due one week after completion of the course lectures (August 15, 2014).
Meeting Place and Times
This course is taught online. Course participants login and participate at a time of day that is convenient for them. It is recommended that participants login at least 4 to 5 times per week and plan on spending 9 to 12 hours each week the course is in session, in order to successfully complete this 2 credit graduate course.
Instructor(s)Virginia Lee Mermel. PhD, CNS. Dr. Mermel holds a doctorate in nutrition with a minor in exercise physiology and is a board certified human nutrition specialist with an emphasis in weight management to control chronic disease risk. She has authored college textbooks and taught college and post-graduate courses in nutrition and health risk management. Virginia participated in the 2006 American Medical Association Expert Panel on Pediatric Obesity Treatment. Currently, Virginia divides her time between working as a School Wellness Coach for Montana Team Nutrition and volunteering her time to coordinate the Billings Public BackPack Meals and Teen Pantry Programs she established. Together, these programs provide food for very low-income students on weekends and over school holidays. Additional volunteer activities include chairing the School Health Advisory Committee for Billings MT Public Schools since its inception in fall 2006 and serving as an active member of Billings Action for Healthy Kids. Virginia has recently served a Public Policy Co-coordinator for Montana Dietetic Association and Sponsorship Chair for the School Nutrition Services Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
PrerequisitesA Bachelors degree and one year of teaching experience -OR- by permission of the instructor. A college level nutrition course is desirable.
Target AudienceMiddle school and high school teachers who are interested in enhancing their course content and exposure to classroom resources related to adolescent nutrition.
Time Commitment:9-12 hours per week. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method of delivery, you may require more time.
Tuition and Fees
A $30 registration fee is also charged once per semester.
The costs above assume that you are taking only MSU Extended University courses during the semester that the course is offered. If you also registered for courses through the MSU Registrar, the regular MSU fee structure may apply.
A $40 late fee will be assessed if payment is not posted to your account by 3 pm (Mountain Time) of the course start date (or the business day before if the course starts on a weekend or a holiday).
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This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course start date.
For More Information
Contact Virginia Mermel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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