HP/PH 312 Behavioral Aspects of Weight Management

HP/PH 312 IS Sec 2, University of Mississippi
[See UM Catalog for Description]

3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

Allison Ford-Wade

Instructor name:
Allison Ford-Wade

Instructor Information:
Welcome to HP 312. My name is Allison Ford-Wade and I am a Professor in The Department of Health, Exercise Science and Recreation Management.

I grew up in a small town--Smithville, MS. After high school, I played tennis at Itawamba Community College (Go Indians) and then played at the University of North Alabama (UNA) (Go Lions). I graduated in 1997 from UNA with a degree in Exercise Physiology, after a practical experience in cardiac rehabilitation during my last semester, I realized this wasn't what I wanted to do with my life. My childhood best friend was dying of cancer, so I decided to move closer to home to be with him so I enrolled in that other school....Mississippi State University...and earned a master's degree in Health Promotion.

I worked as a fitness instructor and health program planner for Coca-Cola Distributing in Starkville, as well as taught health classes (Go Dawgs). During my time at State, I realized I enjoyed teaching and in the Fall of 1998, I moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas and begin my doctoral work in Health Science. I completed this degree in the Summer of 2001 (Woo Pig Souie) and moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to begin my career at Florida Atlantic University (Go Owls).

I moved back to Mississippi and to teach at Ole Miss in the Fall of 2004 (Hotty Toddy). I am married and have two wonderful boys. My husband is a graduate of Georgia (Go Dawgs), Auburn (Go Tigers), West Florida (I have no idea), Pittsburgh (Go Panthers), Mississippi State (I can't say Go Dawgs twice) and is now on faculty at Ole Miss.

Please don't ever hesitate to email me (ford@olemiss.edu) or call me at 662-915-6770, however, I will respond to emails much faster than phone calls.

Regards, Allison Ford-Wade

Contact Information:

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University, MS 38677

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Course Description

An examination of different behavioral aspects of weight loss and weight gain. Several methods will be discussed and insight will be provided into the healthy approach of weight loss and weight gain. The lesson folders on blackboard include the PowerPoint for the current chapter, a quiz, and in some cases another assignment on the content.

Textbook Information:

Textbook information will be provided upon enrollment in your iStudy course.

Course Objectives:

Objectives include (but are not limited to):

  • Recognize pros and cons of commercial or fad diets.
  • Describe the behavioral aspect of weight loss and weight gain.
  • Define and describe body composition methods.
  • Discuss psychological aspects of weight loss, weight gain, and eating disorders.
  • Discuss health risks related to obesity.
  • Discuss effective treatment therapies for weight loss.
  • List physical activities most conducive to weight gain and weight loss.
  • Discuss dietary supplementation as it relates to weight gain and exercise.
  • Discuss relationship between nutrients and exercise performance.

Course Outline:

This course consists of 11 instructional modules (or lessons) and 2 proctored exams.

You MUST take the syllabus quiz within 2 weeks of enrolling or you will be dropped from the course. NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.


Reading Assignments

Due for Grades

Pacing guide to complete the course in a semester


*You MUST complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance.* NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.

Syllabus Quiz

Week 1


Overweight, Underweight, and Obesity

Journal, Quiz

Week 2


Assessment of Body Weight, Body Composition, and Associated Comorbidities

Journal, Paper, Quiz

Week 3


Eating Disorders

Journal, Quiz

Week 4


Energy Metabolism

Quiz, Paper

Week 5


Regulation of Eating Behavior and Body Weight


 Week 6


Physical Activity and Exercise: The Basics

Paper, Quiz

Week 7


If you are a semester student, you must reach the midpoint of your course by the date specified in your information.
If you are a Flex UM student, you CANNOT WITHDRAW from this course after the lesson has been submitted.

All lesson assignments or exams needed to reach the midpoint of the course

The exact date semester students are required to reach the midpoint is specified in your information.

Mid Course Exam

Chapters 1-6. The exam consists of 70 multiple choice and true/false questions and 3 essay questions.

To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding

Week 8


Physical Activity, Health, and Weight Management

Journal, Quiz

Week 9


Healthy Diet: The Basics

Journal, Quiz

Week 10


Dietary Approaches to Weight Management

Journal, Paper, Quiz

Week 11-12


Weight Loss Drugs, Commercial and Fad Diets, Supplements, and Surgery

Journal, Paper, Quiz

Week 13-14


Lifestyle Modification to Promote Health and Weight Management


Week 15


Course Exit Survey: a brief survey to submit anonymous feedback about your iStudy course experience



Final Exam

Chapters 7-11. The exam consists of 80 multiple choice and true/false questions and 2 essay questions.

To be scheduled
and completed
to finalize credit

Week 16


90 - 100% = A
80 - 89% = B
70 - 79% = C
65 - 69% = D
Below 65% = F


You must submit the lessons required to take the course exam(s). Lessons required but not submitted will receive a grade of zero. For the final exam, all coursework must be submitted and graded.