A Mother's Educational Course for Latter-day Saints

Health/Physiology for 2011

Health/Physiology Overview for 2011


Focus: Sleep & Stretching

This level you only have two assignments:  

Assignment # 1
Go to bed early and rise early.  Choose an appropriate sleep time for example:  11:00pm to 6:00am or even better 10:00pm to 6:00am.  You could also choose to wake at 5:00 am if you are in bed by 10:00pm.  

If this is as difficult for you as it is for me.... I tend to stay up too late... work on this goal till you have accomplished your desired sleep schedule for 3 months.  After 3 months it should be a habit.

Assignment # 2
Make daily stretching part of your routine.  It is so important to keep our bodies limber to be able to function in many different activities without hurting ourselves.  As you get older you will become less flexible unless you keep stretching part of your routine.

Here are a few resources:
  • Stretching by Bob Anderson
  • Stretching by Suzanne Martin
  • Stretching Anatomy by Arnold G. Nelson & Jouko Kokkonen
  • Stretching for Dummies by LaReine Chabut
  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to Stretching by Barbara Templeton & Jamie Templeton


Focus: Healthy Eating

Read at least one book of your choice on healthy eating & take notes, jot down recipes you want to incorporate.  Here are some possible suggestions:
  • The Busy Woman's Guide to Healthy Eating by Emilie Barnes & Sue Gregg
  • Green for Life by Victoria Boutenko
  • The Green Smoothies Diet by Robyn Openshaw
  • Eat Well Live Well by Pamela M. Smith
  • Food for Life: How the New Four Food Groups Can Save Your Life by Neal  Barnard
  • Fit for Life by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond
  • 10 Steps to Healthy Eating by Leslie Beck
  • Original Fast Foods: A Groundbreaking New Dietary Lifestyle Guide by James & Colleen Simmons

Complete the assignments for the Mountaineer Level as well.


Focus: Menu Plans

This level we are focusing on creating menu plans.  The ultimate goal is to have 4 seasonal menu plans.  Each seasonal menu plan will be 2 - 4 weeks long.  This will allow you to have a menu plan for each season of the year.  For example your summer menu plan will be used for 3 months, though it is only 2 - 4 weeks of menus that you rotate through during the 3 months.  Leave space in your menu plans to try something new.

Use the knowledge you gain from reading books on healthy eating to create your menu plans.  It is also a good idea to jot down what food you need in your pantry/food storage to help you maintain these menu plans in times of shortage.

Make sure to complete all the assignments at the previous levels.  To achieve the Adventurer level you must complete Mountaineer and Inspirator, having made proper sleep a habit for at least 3 months.


Focus: Physiology

Choose an area of physiology to study.  

Option A - read at least 2 books on your chosen subject and write a report/essay to share your findings.

Option B - follow a textbook course of study on anatomy.

For example (but you can make a different choice of your own):

  • Anatomy and Physiology The Easy Way
  • The Anatomy Coloring Book

Complete all the assignments from the previous levels.


For all Levels

You will want to keep one or more notebooks for recording new knowledge, menu plans, physiology learning, and so on.



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