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Health and Wellness 101: Everyday Small Changes is a Course

Health and Wellness 101: Everyday Small Changes

Ended Nov 8, 2015

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Full course description

Starts September 14, 2015

Good nutrition, physical activity, and healthy body weight are essential parts of a person's overall health and well-being. Together, these can help reduce a person's risk of developing serious chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and cancer. The purpose of this MOOC is to enhance knowledge about healthy lifestyle changes to improve eating practices, physical activity habits, and related wellness behaviors such as sleep habits, stress management, and substance abuse.

Topics include

  • Week 1 Setting healthy goals
  • Week 2 Learn about types of foods and the nutrients they offer
  • Week 3 Physical activity and Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis
  • Week 4 Macronutrients, micronutrients, and understanding food labels
  • Week 5 Planning healthy meals
  • Week 6 Dealing with emotions, stress, and loss of motivation
Linda Yarrow, Ph.D, RD/LD

Linda Yarrow, Ph.D, RD/LD


Linda Yarrow is a Registered/Licensed Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Nutrition at Kansas State University. She teaches upper level nutrition courses for K-State, both on campus and online. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she is the Clinical RD at a small rural hospital where she is committed to providing high quality education to patients. Whether she is teaching students or patients, Linda is passionate about effective and creative teaching techniques. Linda has presented numerous times at the national, state, and local level on way to enhance the learning experience using new technologies. She loves using games for education and has taught a variety of age groups, from preschool through older adults, using gaming techniques. Linda continues to explore ways these techniques, as well as other available web-based resources, can be valuable educational tools for her clients in her quest to improve the health of individuals. When not working, Linda spends time with her family, animals, and books. She is also an avid power walker who participates in half marathons, with no intention of ever competing in a full marathon. She also reminds herself to never say never.

Kathleen Hoss-Cruz

Kathleen Hoss-Cruz


My name is Kathleen Hoss-Cruz. I am a registered dietitian with a master's degree in public health nutrition (from the University of Minnesota). I completed my undergrad in dietetics, with a minor in Spanish, at Missouri State University then did my dietetic internship at Saint Louis University. I've been lucky to work in many different areas of dietetics: WIC program (maternal & infant nutrition), outpatient Medical Nutrition Therapy, acute care hospital inpatient, oncology (cancer) outpatient, long term care, and sub-acute care/skilled nursing facility. I have now been teaching introductory nutrition classes since 2010, first as an adjunct with the University of New Mexico and now full-time at Kansas State University.