Class Activities

Throughout the semester, you will be participating in many class activities. Following most of them, you will complete and submit a Canvas  "quiz" where you will a) explain what you learned from the activity and b) write two specific facts, findings, or theories you learned in the class that relate to the activity.

Below is the list of planned activities. The list may be updated as the semester progresses. Note that due dates for each are posted in Canvas. 

Of the activities listed, you need to complete 15. If you complete more than this, I will count your best 15.


Special Note to Fall - Spring Students only: The majority of the activities will be completed in class. If you are not present, you cannot receive credit for the activity.


Activity List 

Sitting-rising test
Who am I?

Health Belief Model and COVID-19

Gain vs loss-framed messages and me (this counts as 2 activities) 

Experiment do's and do not's

Research Participation 

Top three stressors

Biofeedback Blood Pressure and Heart Rate


Diaphragmatic breathing

PMR vs. guided imagery 


Hassles & uplifts - 5 day journal (this counts as 2 activities) 

Behavioral intervention: group help 

The Skinny on Obesity video - canvas quiz

Cephalic phase response 

Into the Wild Movie (must rent for about $3) (this counts as 2 activities)

Finger prick pain (fall/spring students only)

Ice bucket challenge  (summer students only)

binder clip demo (you will need a 1" binder clip)

food portion sizes

Sugar tracking 

Fed Up! Movie (click on the link to watch)]

      Pre-movie activities
      Movie-time activities
      Post-movie activities

The healing forces of nature


Eight activities will require you to record your heart rate and blood pressure.

Fall - Spring Students: I will bring blood pressure cuffs to class when needed.

Summer students: You will need to provide your own. The one I recommend is shown above. It is FDA approved and it will be a valuable investment in your health. Purchase information. Note: you can purchase cheaper cuffs (arm cuffs are preferred over wrists) however the readings may not be as accurate. The "good" news is that the cuff I recommend is much cheaper than a standard textbook - and there is no textbook requirement for this class.