Living Well: Lifestyle Balance & Health Promotion
with Elizabeth Larson
About this Course: Living Well: Lifestyle Balance & Health Promotion (Kinesiology 508) uses experiential learning and knowledge from current research to give students the tools to assess and improve their well-being. Classes examine topics such as:
- Life balance
- Routines & habits
- Positive emotions
- Other aspects of well-being (academic, social, community, financial, physical)
Students learn by leading discussions, and doing wellness practices. The major projects are a self-analysis of time use and a six week lifestyle change project.
MW or TR
June 19 –
Meet Your Professor
Elizabeth Ann Larson
Dr. Larson is an occupational therapist and occupational scientist with thirty years of clinical and research experience working with children with disabilities and their families. Her research uses mixed methods approaches to examine the impact of managing the child’s disability on the family and especially the caregiver. She employs multi-faceted approaches to gain a deeper understanding of the caregiver’s perspectives and daily lived experience including the use of participant-grounded methods such as interviews, focus groups, and participant observation within the family homes, in concert with well-validated well-being measures, and biomarkers of health. The overarching goal of her work is to investigate how the caregiver’s organization and orchestration of daily activities tailored to the child’s developmental needs promotes or impedes family functioning, and in turn influences the caregiver’s health and well-being. (source)
“Mindfulness does not suggest that your life is going to change, but it’s about accepting your life as it is and seeing it for what it is rather than attaching a lot of emotions to a situation.”
— Dr. Larson in an interview about her new program for caregivers of children with autism.
Look for KINES 508 in your
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