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Top 10 Health and Well-being Courses You Can Audit For Free

Health and Well-being courses are focused on improving the general health of everyone. The tools employed include physical therapy, mind control, nutrition, sleep, food etc. They span across courses such as Health, and Personal Development.

Hacking Exercise For Health: The surprising new science of fitness

Hacking Exercise For Health: The surprising new science of fitness is a Health course offered by McMaster University. It is taught in English for 4 weeks spread over 23 hours, with subtitles in English and Spanish. Two renowned exercise physiologists Martin Gibala and Stuart Phillips anchor this course which teaches the basics of how the body boosts fitness and strength via exploration of the new science of cardio fitness. Learn the appropriate workouts to combine with this, as well as things you need to know to design your own sessions. Ask questions, and gain answers on tools and techniques that help you stay on course to achieve your fitness goals in no time. This course is filled with fun quizzes, assignments, inspirational practical tips, and interactive community participation. Gain skills in health, Cardiorespiratory, exercise, musculoskeletal, and Nutrition.

Managing Your Health: The Role of Physical Therapy and Exercise

Managing Your Health: The Role of Physical Therapy and Exercise is a Health course offered by the University of Toronto. This beginner course is taught in English, with subtitles in English. It lasts for approximately 12 hours, spread over 6 weeks. Participants will be introduced to the concepts and benefits of physical therapy and exercise via an exploration of a number of topics. These topics include: Why physical activity and exercise are important, Exercise and Cardiovascular Disease, Exercise and Osteoporosis, Exercise and Cancer, Common Sports Injuries, and Exercise and Arthritis. Gain knowledge on different exercises appropriate to different disease conditions.

Biohacking Your Brain’s Health

Biohacking Your Brain’s Health is a Health course offered by Emory University. This beginner course is taught in English, with subtitles available in English, German, and Japanese. It lasts for approximately 14 hours, spread over 4 weeks. Since deteriorating health, especially of the brain  is now occuring at a global level, there’s a need to educate us all on the best ways to maximize our brain fitness using sleep, nutrition, meditation and exercise. Participants will learn about the brain’s structure, common brain functions, and a weekly prescription of tips to improve the brain’s health. Also, popular myths will be debunked about prescribed practices, and studies uncovered to reveal proven interventions which help the brain. Learn effect of certain diets on the brain, what sleep deprivation does to the brain, as well as effect of exercise and meditation on brain activity and structure.

Mind Control: Managing Your Mental Health During COVID-19

Mind Control: Managing Your Mental Health During COVID-19 is a Health course offered by the University of Toronto. This beginner-level course is taught in English, with subtitles in English, Spanish, Hungarian, Arabic. It lasts for approximately 3 hours, spread over 4 weeks. The pandemic has brought with it feelings of so much anxiety, and this course is designed to help participants better understand this reaction as it relates to various aspects of our lives. Learn clear strategies for managing, and turning off the anxiety response for short periods of times at least. Also learn how to manage consumption of news, as well as how we talk to children about it in this time. Finally, learn about effects of isolation, and the need to guard against depression.

Finding Purpose and Meaning In Life: Living for What Matters Most

Finding Purpose and Meaning In Life: Living for What Matters Most is a Personal Development course offered by University of Michigan. This course lasts for approximately 7 hours spread over 4 weeks. It’s taught in English, with subtitles available in English and Spanish. Participants will learn how science, philosophy and practice come together to act towards finding one’s purpose and living a purposeful life. Enjoy different exercises that will help you find out what matters most to you. They’ll also gain access for a period of time, to the Purposeful App which is designed to help one build a purposeful rhythm into each day, apply specific approaches towards finding purpose, and maintaining it.

Stanford Introduction to Food and Health

Stanford Introduction to Food and Health is a Health course offered by Stanford University. It is taught in English with subtitles in Arabic, Ukrainian, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazilian), German, Russian, English, Spanish, and Czech. The course lasts for approximately 7 hours. There’s need to promote healthy eating in order to address the public health crises that have arisen as a result of obesity, type 2 diabetes and other diet-related diseases. Participants will gain knowledge and practical skills that come in handy for food optimization. By the end, learners will have all the tools needed to distinguish between foods that support, and threaten health. Also, learners will be encouraged to return to simple home cooking as part of efforts to live longer and healthier. Gain skills in Health Informatics, Nutrition, Food Safety, and Food Science.

Introduction to Self-Determination Theory: An approach to motivation, development and wellness

Introduction to Self-Determination Theory: An approach to motivation, development and wellness is a Health course offered by University of Rochester. This course is taught in English for about 21 hours. Self-determination theory (SDT) is an empirically based theory of motivation and psychological development that is particularly focused on the basic psychological needs that promote high quality wellness and motivation, and how they are supported in social contexts. In this course, Professor Richard Ryan, co-founder of the theory, will provide an overview of SDT with special attention to how competence, autonomy, and relatedness encourage and facilitate behavioral persistence, quality of relationships, and healthy developmental processes. Join in for practical applications of SDT, with emphasis on educational, sport, healthcare, work and psychotherapy settings.

A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment

A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment is a Health course offered by the Indian School of Business. It lasts for approximately 32 hours, and is taught in English with subtitles available in Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Russian, Portuguese (Brazilian), Spanish, Vietnamese, and English. Ask anyone their determinants of a happy and fulfilling life, and they are bound to have answers on what it takes to be, and remain happy. This course answers this question with theories based on a multi-disciplinary approach. The fields drawn from include but aren’t limited to psychology, neuroscience, and behavioural decision theory, all to offer a well tested and practical recipe for leading a happy and fulfilled life. Gain an understanding of the science of happiness and live it! Gain skills in Gratitude, Mindfulness, Happiness, and Meditation.

The Science of Well-being

The Science of Well-Being is a Personal Development course offered by Yale University. This course is taught for approximately 19 hours spread over 10 weeks. Instructions are passed in English, with subtitles in English, Spanish and French. This course requires participants to undergo a series of challenges designed to help them.increase their own happiness, and also build more productive habits. To prepare for this, they’ll be educated on several misconceptions about happiness, features of the mind that make us think the way we do, as well as research that can help us change. By the end, they’ll be fully prepared to successfully incorporate wellness activities into their lives. Gain skills in Gratitude, Happiness, Meditation, and Savoring.

Positive Psychiatry and Mental Health

Positive Psychiatry and Mental Health is a Health course offered by The University of Sydney. Instructions are passed in English for approximately 23 hours spread over 5 weeks. Subtitles are available in Spanish, French and English. These days, the number of mentally ill and distressed has grown so much, that it now accounts for a significant burden of disability. Thus it comes as no surprise that there’s a growing interest in understanding and enhancing positive mental health and wellbeing. Join in exploring different aspects of good mental health as well as an overview of the major types of mental disorders, their causes, treatments and how to seek help and support.  We’ll also cover topics from creativity and yoga through to psychiatric medications and psychotherapies, and hear from “lived experience experts”, people who have lived with mental illness, and share their own stories of recovery.

The courses described above are free to audit however a small fee is required to purchase a certificate of completion. Financial aid is also available to those who qualify.

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