Skip to 0 minutes and 0 seconds ALEX JOHNSTON: Hello, I’m Professor Alex Johnston. I’m a nutrition scientist based at the Rowett Institute, part of the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. And I’m delighted to share my passion for diet and health as a course lead for this expert-track course with FutureLearn, which is on diet and lifestyle. The course presents three courses on food choice and behaviour, lifestyle medicine, and obesity and healthy weight loss. The course on obesity is designed to give you an introduction to the prevention of obesity with nutritional and non-nutritional approaches for body weight management, and influences on weight stability. You will have the opportunity to critically analyse current theories associated with human nutrition and weight management.
Skip to 0 minutes and 56 seconds Psychology and physiology are key components, and these are discussed alongside achieving weight wellness. The course on lifestyle medicine will highlight the relationship between diet and health and noncommunicable diseases, and promote evidence-based learning, so that you can evaluate a range of hierarchy of evidence. You will gain insight on the role of physical activity and movement, and how that can positively or negatively influence lifelong health. The importance of stress and resilience on mood and food will be explored, along with other hot topics, such as sleep, to promote longevity. The role of environmental and social factors in influencing life course, and also the other hot topic of intermittent fasting, will be highlighted.
Skip to 1 minute and 51 seconds The course on food choice and behaviour will emphasise eating as a form of behaviour, but also the impact of health, environment, and economy on our food choices. We will uncover the role of psychology and food choice and determinants of eating, and explore some theories of behaviour change, from the academic viewpoint into theory, and applying that to case studies. So our exciting short courses are a great way to progress your career, get up to speed for industry knowledge, or simply learn something new. There are activities and quizzes to support reflective learning, and pools and discussions where you can share and discuss your views with your peers. So I very much look forward to meeting you on the course.