NFS 095 Vtrim I for the Community (Non-Degree for-credit) Spring 2013
DATE OF CLASS: ONLINE/INPERSON Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12
CLASS TOPIC Lesson 1: Let’s Get Started Lesson 2: Energy In—Calories Lesson 3: Energy Out—Programmed and Lifestyle Exercise Lesson 4: Map It Out—Goal Setting Lesson 5: Portion Distortion—Get Right Sized Lesson 6: Supermarket Smarts Lesson 7: Trip-Up Triggers—Food Cues Lesson 8: Figure It Out—Problem Solving Lesson 9: You Are How You Eat Lesson 10: Eat Out—Eat Smart Lesson 11: Don’t Feed Your Feelings Lesson 12: Relapse Prevention
Online Classes COURSE DAY OF WEEK/TIME Mondays 6:15-7:15 pm Tuesdays 7:00-8:00 pm
START/END DATES 01/14/13-04/08/13 01/15/13-04/09/13
INSTRUCTOR Amy Malinowski Lynn Grieger
INSTRUCTOR EMAIL Amy.J.Malinowski@uvm.edu Lynn.Grieger@uvm.edu
COURSE OBJECTIVES: Students will be able to: 1. Identify behavioral strategies and techniques that encourage a healthy lifestyle and facilitate weight management. 2. Understand how food choices, the environment, social support, exercise, and other factors influence weight and health risks. Develop self-monitoring skills that allow them to identify the impact of calorie intake, fat intake and exercise on energy balance.
Format: Online class with weekly synchronous, text-based meetings (chat room), online assignments and selfmonitoring of food intake (calorie and fat intake) and exercise. Assignments and self-monitoring of food intake
and exercise is completed on the Vtrim website, http://online.vtrim.org. Note: This class is NOT held in Blackboard.
EVALUATION /GRADES This class is graded as pass/fail based on attendance and participation. In order to earn a passing grade, students must attend and participate in the weekly classes and self-monitoring. Students are allowed to miss 1 of the 12 classes without making up the class. Students may miss a second class, but are required to make up the class by reading the class transcript (for online classes only), the weekly lesson, and complete a reflection exercise on the lesson for that week. PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING: -Attendance for online classes will be taken each class through a question asked during class that all students must respond to in order to be marked present for class. If the student does not respond to the attendance question posed by the instructor the student will be considered absent. -Participation will also be graded based on completion of the self-monitoring journal. Students must keep a food/exercise journal (record of the calorie/fat intake each day and exercise completed each day) a minimum of 10 of the 12 weeks of class. The journals must be complete (i.e., include a minimum of 5 days of selfmonitoring) and are due by the start of class each week. You will not receive credit for retroactive entries. Auditing Policy: In order to protect the integrity of weekly discussion and group dynamic, students auditing the class must attend at least 75% of (9 out of 12) class meetings to successfully complete the course. Failing to do so will result in an “UNSUCC” on the student’s transcript indicating unsuccessful completion. Exam Policy: There are no exams for this class. Readings: There is no required textbook for this course. The Eating Well Diet: Introducing the Vtrim Weight-Loss Program is an optional book for the program (basic guide book and cookbook based on the Vtrim program). The book is available at the UVM Bookstore. ATTENDANCE You are expected to be in class each week. Attendance is a factor in your final grade for the course (see Evaluation/Grades section of syllabus). If you miss an online class, the transcript from the online class is available for review for 1 week after each class. The transcript will be replaced each week with the most recent meeting transcript. If you miss a class, you must review the transcript within the week or you will not be able to view it. For inperson classes, the lesson summary is available under the “Lessons” tab of the Vtrim website and can be reviewed there. The official policy for religious holidays is as follows: “Students have the right to practice the religion of their choice. Each semester, students should submit in writing to their instructors, by the end of the second full week of classes, their documented religious holiday schedule for the semester.” You should be able to observe any religious holidays and still meet the attendance requirement for this class.
CLASSROOM ETIQUETTE You are expected to focus on your Vtrim class when you are in attendance and not be checking email, updating your Facebook status, etc. while logged in to your weekly meeting. The group instructor will be able to tell if you are logged on but not participating. Please observe the following class group guidelines:
Protect Confidentiality In order to feel comfortable sharing with each other, personal information heard in the room must stay in the room. Do not repeat anything talked about in the group if it is of a sensitive nature. This is extremely important. Do not use last names in referring to other members of the group to people outside the program. Arrive On Time Please make every effort to be punctual. Sessions are planned so that all allotted time is utilized. If you must log in after the class begins or if you need to log out early, please let your instructor know in advance if possible. Your instructor will be concerned if you aren't there or if you disappear from the chat room without notice. Same expectation for inperson classes—notify your instructor if you will need to arrive late or leave early. Attend Each Session The lesson content and materials have been carefully crafted to promote lifestyle changes and weight management. The sessions build on one another and therefore it is critical that you make every effort to attend each session. Naturally, you may have to miss a session due to illness or other unusual circumstances; you can view the transcript from class for one week after the meeting or read about the topic in the online lesson. Keep the Group In the Loop You are an important group member. The group depends on you and cares about your wellbeing. If you know you will not make a meeting, email your instructor. The group members will ask about you and wonder where you are if you suddenly disappear. Participate Please share. This is the best way to allow others to get to know you. What you have to say matters and may help other group members. Take Your Share of the “Air” Allow others the same courtesy. Side conversations are distracting. So, one at a time, please. Avoid Criticizing Everyone has a unique personality and perspective. Respecting each other’s ideas is a requirement of a healthy group environment.