Wellness, Not Weight : Improving Your Health Without Dieting | Osher Lifelong Learning Institute | University of Miami

Wellness, Not Weight : Improving Your Health Without Dieting

OSH 192 / Non Credit
Course taught in: English
Locations: LFH 105
Instructor: Ellen Glovsky

Course Description

This course will offer information on nutrition and popular diets, as well as an alternative approach, “health at every size”. Dieting for better health and appearance is a common experience in western culture.  We know, however, that diets don't work, since people usually return to prior eating habits, and gain back all the weight they may have lost and more, making them LESS healthy.  This is true for people trying to lose weight as well as those wanting to change eating habits to improve health. This course offers an alternate paradigm, a "non-diet", health at every size, approach to wellness and health.  The course will also include information on disordered eating and eating disorders, as well as a discussion of treatments for eating disorders. The course will use lecture, discussion and experiential learning.

Week 1

This class will offer a lecture on the basics of nutrition for health and wellness.  There will be a discussion of popular diets; bring your questions about diets you’ve wondered about.

Week 2

The “dieting culture” and why it doesn’t work. This session will explore the ideas in western culture about ideals of body shape and size and attitudes about bodies that don’t conform to those norms.  These ideas lead many to body dissatisfaction, and discomfort with one’s appearance.  An alternative is the “health at every size” approach, which will be described and discussed with class participation.

Week 3

In this session we will explore a “non-diet” approach as an alternative to dieting for weight loss or to improve health.  Experiential activities will include practicing mindful eating with food provided by the instructor.

Week 4

What happens when dieting goes awry?  This class will offer a discussion of disordered eating and eating disorders, including treatment approaches that are most likely to be successful.

Week 5

In this session we will explore some extreme measures for weight loss being offered by the medical establishment.  We will also discuss some common medical conditions that are caused by or treated with diet and nutrition such as diabetes and heart disease.

Week 6

This session will summarize the important points raised in the course, and answer questions participants have had.  We will view a video on nutrition, diet and health at every size.

Ellen Glovsky, Ph.D., RD, LDN is a Registered Dietitian and a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), which is the international professional organization of MI trainers.  She is a member of the faculty of Northeastern University where she teaches courses in nutrition, public health, health behavior change, and Motivational Interviewing.   Ellen also maintains a private practice in which she utilizes Motivational Interviewing in weight management, the treatment of eating disorders and nutrition for the prevention of illness. Ellen is an experienced presenter, trainer, and teacher. She is especially interested in helping clients in making changes in their attitudes and behavior regarding food by examining the barriers that keep them from caring for their bodies, minds, and spirits. The goal of this work is to make peace with food. Dr. Glovsky has conducted training and consultation in Motivational Interviewing for a variety of organizations around the country.

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