How to live a longer, healthier life
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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.
5.0 (2 ratings)
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Created by Matt Stansfield
Last updated 8/2013
English
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Includes:
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 20 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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.
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Requirements
  • tape measure
  • bathroom scales
  • calculator
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.

Who is the target audience?
  • gym bunnies
  • perpetual dieters
  • the health concious
  • hypochondriacs
  • gadget geeks
  • weight watchers
  • biologists
  • nurses
  • personal trainers
  • nutritionists
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Curriculum For This Course
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Introduction
3 Lectures 21:07
A hello and welcome to my course "How to live a longer, healthier life".
Preview 01:21

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!
Preview 08:59

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. 
Lifestyle Choices & Lifestyle Markers
10:47
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Blood Pressure
5 Lectures 37:10
Find out what those two numbers mean in a blood pressure measurement!
What is Blood Pressure?
04:13

Learn how blood pressure is measured and how to interpret a reading.
How to measure your blood pressure
12:55

Discover what a blood pressure reading can tell you about your future health risk and how you can categorise a blood pressure measurement.
What should your blood pressure be?
07:53

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 affects blood pressure?
08:40

What are the health risks associated with high blood pressure and how prevalent is high blood pressure in America?
Blood pressure and your health
03:29
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Cholesterol
4 Lectures 28:47
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. 
What is cholesterol?
06:28

Learn how by having high cholesterol you are putting your future health at risk.
Why high cholesterol is bad
05:19

Find out what a healthy cholesterol level is and how you can measure your total cholesterol with a home monitor.
How to measure your cholesterol level & what it should be
10:37

Find out what you can do to actively try to lower your cholesterol level.
Lowering your cholesterol
06:23
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Glucose & Diabetes
5 Lectures 31:21
Learn how a healthy body digests, absorbs and uses carbohydrates to provide itself with energy.
Glucose and your body
05:27

Understand how a diabetic can't handle sugar and carbohydrate from their diet.
The problems caused by too much sugar in your blood
07:28

Find out about the Glycemic Index (GI) and how foods with a high GI may cause type 2 diabetes.
What causes Type 2 Diabetes?
07:10

Know the different tests that can be used to diagnose diabetes and pre-diabetes.
Diagnosing diabetes and prediabetes
06:39

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.
How to measure your blood glucose level
04:37
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Body Composition
4 Lectures 34:33
Find out what parts of you change proportionally depending on your lifestyle. Know how to calculate your BMI.
You and your body composition
09:26

Different ways for assessing how fat you are!
Measuring body fat
06:00

Discover how too much fat contributes towards cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
The consequences of too much fat
04:26

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.
Why we get fatter and how to control it
14:41
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Summary
1 Lecture 01:59
Goodbye and thanks
01:59

Test your knowledge in this quiz to see if you have successfully taken in all the info regarding how to assess your lifestyle.

End of Course Test
40 questions
About the Instructor
Matt Stansfield
5.0 Average rating
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25 Students
1 Course
Helping you to lead a healthier lifestyle

Matt founded LifestyleCheck.co.uk  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.