I’ve been taking come classes online lately, via coursera.org (free to the public) which is super cool! below are some descriptions and thoughts about them:

The 1st class I’m currently taking is Nutrition, Health and Lifestyle (6 week course exploring nutrition concepts that take center stage in mainstream media outlets & become conversation topics among consumers interested in food choice as it relates to optimal health and physical performance) which is ending in the next week or 2… super cool; lots of info which has somewhat inspired some of the current changes/experiments and also lots of documentary watching!

5. Food Matters – James Colquhoun and Carlo Ledesma – This film takes a timely and hard-hitting look at how the food we eat is helping or hurting our health, and what we can do to live (and eat) better.

4. Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead – Joe Cross and Kurt Engfehr – 2 men whose bodies have been trashed by steroids, obesity and illness, document their rigorous healing path in a bid to regain their health.

3. Hungry For Change – James Colquhoun, Laurentine Ten Bosch and Carlo Ledesma – This documentary exposes shocking secrets the diet, weight loss and food industries use to keep consumers coming back for more.

2. Vegucated – Marisa Miller Wolfson – This documentary follows 3 meat – and cheese – loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for 6 weeks in an effort to get healthier.

1. Forks Over Knives – Lee Fulkerson – According to the research of 2 food scientists, the popularity of processed foods has led to epidemic rates of obesity, diabetes and other diseases.

I found all of these documentaries to be really cool, entertaining and VERY informative; some more serious in tone than others, some more following people’s choices etc. I look forward to watching more and increasing my knowledge and application of knowledge. The #4 documentary has inspired the newest kitchen appliance: my first ever juicer! so awesome and amazing!

The 2nd class, I’ve just started, is an Intro to Finance class (introduces you to frameworks and tools to measure value; both for corporate and personal assets. It will also help you in decision-making, again at both the corporate and personal levels). So far I’m finding it very interesting, the work load could potentially be overwhelming but thus far it has been broken-up into manageable pieces. This course is about 15 weeks long and I hope to find it very helpful and useful.

I’ve also signed up for a 3rd class which starts in a month, called Exercise Physiology: Understanding the Athlete Within (Learn about the physiological responses to acute and chronic exercise and their relevance for athletic performance). I am very much looking forward to this class.

More classes to come as well, I hope, as I get back into a more studious mode in preparation for going back to school for exercise science and kinesiology and also physical therapy.


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