How to live a longer, healthier life

Find out how to assess your lifestyle to see if you are putting yourself at risk of common age-related illnesses.
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  • Lectures 22
  • Length 11 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 8/2013 English

Course Description

This course is aimed at anyone interested in health and well-being. Perhaps you have always wondered how high blood pressure or high cholesterol causes a heart attack. Or how love handles cause cancer. Perhaps you think glucose levels are only something diabetics have to worry about. Think again! This course provides all these answers and more. Find out today and hopefully it will mean a healthier you tomorrow.

Most people want to live to an old age and enjoy their retirement with the best quality of life available to them. However, the lifestyle you lead NOW could be putting you at risk of a debilitating disease tomorrow. This course will educate you in how to assess your lifestyle so as to provide the motivation and encouragement to make positive changes towards a healthier you.

Through a combination of video lectures, slides and worksheet exercises you will learn about lifestyle markers; blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose and body composition. Find out what they are, how to measure them and how they impact your future health. Set in 6 sections, there is approximately 2 hours of content to work your way through covering 4 different lifestyle markers plus a course introduction and summary at the end.

What are the requirements?

  • tape measure
  • bathroom scales
  • calculator

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of this course you will know what healthy and unhealthy lifestyle choices are.
  • You will be able to take a cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure and body fat measurement.
  • You will be able to interpret your measurements to help you assess your lifestyle.
  • You will appreciate how levels outside of healthy ranges can increase your risk of illness in later life.
  • You will know where to find credible, reliable information.
  • The objective of this course is to empower and motivate you to assess your lifestyle regularly in order to promote healthy lifestyle choices resulting in a longer, disease-free life.

Who is the target audience?

  • gym bunnies
  • perpetual dieters
  • the health concious
  • hypochondriacs
  • gadget geeks
  • weight watchers
  • biologists
  • nurses
  • personal trainers
  • nutritionists

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction
A hello and welcome to my course "How to live a longer, healthier life".
The first lecture provides an overview of what it means to be unhealthy and how this can impact your future health. You will see the risk of an unhealthy lifestyle put into prospective against other causes of deaths and how you are more likely to die of a heart attack then by run over by a bus!
In the final lecture in this introductory section you'll gain an understanding of what a lifestyle choice is. You will also be introduced to Lifestyle Markers - things that can be measured in your body that can predict if you are likely to get ill later in life. 
Section 2: Blood Pressure
Find out what those two numbers mean in a blood pressure measurement!
Learn how blood pressure is measured and how to interpret a reading.
Discover what a blood pressure reading can tell you about your future health risk and how you can categorise a blood pressure measurement.
Discover how your lifestyle can influence your blood pressure. Know what to avoid to stop it getting higher and the things you can do to lower it.
What are the health risks associated with high blood pressure and how prevalent is high blood pressure in America?
Section 3: Cholesterol
Find out what your body uses cholesterol for and how it is transported around the body in lipoproteins. Discover why different lipoproteins effect your risk of heart disease and stroke. 
Learn how by having high cholesterol you are putting your future health at risk.
Find out what a healthy cholesterol level is and how you can measure your total cholesterol with a home monitor.
Find out what you can do to actively try to lower your cholesterol level.
Section 4: Glucose & Diabetes
Learn how a healthy body digests, absorbs and uses carbohydrates to provide itself with energy.
Understand how a diabetic can't handle sugar and carbohydrate from their diet.
Find out about the Glycemic Index (GI) and how foods with a high GI may cause type 2 diabetes.
Know the different tests that can be used to diagnose diabetes and pre-diabetes.
Discover what kit you need to measure your glucose level. The end of section exercise will test your understanding of different glucose levels and what they could mean for a patient.
Section 5: Body Composition
Find out what parts of you change proportionally depending on your lifestyle. Know how to calculate your BMI.
Different ways for assessing how fat you are!
Discover how too much fat contributes towards cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
In this lecture we learn how to calculate how many calories we need to sustain ourselves each day as well as some common causes for consuming too many calories.
Section 6: Summary
Goodbye and thanks
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Instructor Biography

Matt Stansfield, Helping you to lead a healthier lifestyle

Matt founded  in 2011 because he is passionate about preventative medicine - that is the ability to stop and even reverse diseases before they occur. Matt gained a degree in Medical Biochemistry in 2002 before working for various scientific organisations such as QinetiQ and Imperial College London. He also holds a teaching qualification and is an adult education specialist.

The aim behind Lifestyle Check is to make looking after yourself understandable, easy and affordable. Knowing that most causes of death in the Modern world are lifestyle-related Matt devised a 5 step guide in order to make it clear what people need to do to live longer and healthier lives.

Matt is currently the Managing Director of Lifestyle Check and regularly tutors maths and biology and works as a freelance scientific researcher. 

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