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HEED-102 Introduction to Weight Management

This course is designed to provide the student with the means to develop an understanding of the biological, physiological, psychological, and sociological aspects of nutrition. The student will develop the skill and ability to apply the principles and concepts relevant to nutrition. 

Nancy Frank

Overall Course Objectives | Major Course Topics | Course Format | Orientation |
Course Requirements | Materials | Exams

Overall Course Objectives

Once you have completed this course you will be able to:

  • Be aware of the basic principles of weight management.
  • Master concepts and knowledge of weight management
  • Be aware of the types and methodologies of body weight and body composition assessment
  • Be aware of the health implications of excessive weight/body fat
  • Develop a personal weight management plan

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Major Course Topics

  • Wellness and Weight Management 
  • Self-Perception & Weight 
  • Weight Control: A Problem of Caloric Balance
  • Factors Affecting Weight
  • Weight Control & Exercise
  • Weight Control, Diet, and Behavior Modification   
  • Fads, Gimmicks, & Quick Weight Loss Programs

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Course Format

This course:

  • Is not self-paced. Weekly assignments and postings to the Discussion Board are required.
  • Does not require on-campus meetings.
  • Does not require real-time chats.
  • The communications will take place through e-mail and scheduled posted threaded discussion questions (weekly).

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This course does have a face-to-face orientation.

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Course Requirements

  • Review the “What you should know before you register” section of the eLearning Homepage.
  • Seven area quizzes and a final examination are administered. All examinations are multiple choice, true-false, and matching.
  • A weight management analysis of your eating behaviors, eating habits, content, and activity patterns will be completed.
  • A behavior workbook will be completed in which the student will determine a behavior to change and complete steps towards that end.

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Textbook information:  To visit our bookstore's online sales site, please visit and follow the instructions for selecting textbooks.

Technical Requirements and Plug-Ins:

Review the Technical Requirements link above. The following plug-ins are required for this course:

  • Acrobat Viewer
  • Flash
  • Internet Explorer
  • Netscape
  • PowerPoint Viewer, if you don’t have the full version of Microsoft PowerPoint
  • QuickTime
  • Real Player
  • Windows Media Player
  • Word Viewer, if you don’t have the full version of Microsoft Word

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For purposes of verification and assessing learning outcomes, this course may have online testing or proctored exams at the HCC Testing Center for students in the local region or at a regional institution for remote students. The exam will have a flexible window of time during which it needs to be taken rather than a single date and time.


If you have any questions or comments about this course, please send a message to
Nancy Frank, 

Last updated on 11-Oct-07
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