Service-learning in higher education relevant to the promotion of physical activity, healthful eating, and prevention of obesity

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Show simple item record Rosenkranz, Richard R. 2012-10-31T19:19:04Z 2012-10-31T19:19:04Z 2012-10-31
dc.description.abstract Service-learning is a type of experiential teaching and learning strategy combining classroom instruction and meaningful community service and guided activities for reflection. This educational approach has been used frequently in higher education settings, including an array of disciplines such as medicine, theology, public health, physical education, nutrition, psychology, anthropology, and sociology. The purpose of the present review paper was to provide guidance on the use of service-learning within higher education, relevant to the preventive medicine and public health topics of healthful eating, physical activity, and obesity prevention. In service-learning, coursework is structured to address community needs, and to benefit students through the real-world application of knowledge. The benefits for students include positive impacts on social skills, empathy, awareness, understanding, and concern regarding community issues, plus greater confidence and skills to work with diverse populations, increased awareness of community resources, improved motivation, and enhanced knowledge. Educational institutions may also benefit through improved “town and gown” relations, as strong ties, partnerships, and mutually beneficial activities take place. The present literature review describes several service-learning applications such as nutrition education for kids, dietary improvement for seniors, foodservice recipe modification on a college campus, an intergenerational physical activity program for nursing home residents, motor skill development in kindergarteners, organized elementary school recess physical activities, health education, and obesity prevention in children. From this review, service-learning appears to have great potential as a flexible component of academic coursework in the areas of preventive medicine and public health. en_US
dc.relation.uri en_US
dc.subject Service-learning en_US
dc.subject Higher education en_US
dc.subject Preventive medicine en_US
dc.subject Public health en_US
dc.subject Healthful eating en_US
dc.subject Physical activity en_US
dc.subject Obesity prevention en_US
dc.subject Health education en_US
dc.subject Community en_US
dc.subject Health en_US
dc.subject Learning en_US
dc.subject Teaching en_US
dc.title Service-learning in higher education relevant to the promotion of physical activity, healthful eating, and prevention of obesity en_US
dc.type Article (publisher version) en_US 2012 en_US
dc.citation.epage 681 en_US
dc.citation.issue 10 en_US
dc.citation.jtitle International Journal of Preventive Medicine en_US
dc.citation.spage 672 en_US
dc.citation.volume 3 en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid ricardo en_US

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