10 Courses

The Informed Health Consumer: Making Sense of Health Evidence

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: Cardiff University

Started: 30/06/2016

Finished: 04/07/2016

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Identifying Food Fraud

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: University of East Anglia

Started: 04/07/2018

Finished: 05/07/2019

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Food as Medicine

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: Monash University

Started: 04/07/2016

Finished: 05/07/2016

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Nutrition and Wellbeing

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: University of Aberdeen

Started: 11/01/2018

Finished: 20/08/2019

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Social Wellbeing

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: The University of Edinburgh

Started: 25/10/2017

Finished: 26/10/2017

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Exploring Play: The Importance of Play in Everyday Life

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: University of Sheffield

Started: 29/09/2014

Finished: 12/01/2016

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The Science and Practice of Yoga

Platform: edX

Institution: University of Texas Arlington

Started: 25/10/2017

Finished: 20/08/2019

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Yoga Reconsidered

Platform: Embodied Philosophy

Institution: Embodied Philosophy

Started: 16/02/2018

Finished: 20/02/2018

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Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: Monash University

Started: 15/09/2015

Finished: 22/06/2016

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International Travel Preparation, Safety and Wellness

Platform: Coursera

Institution: John Hopkins Univeristy

Started: 21/09/2018

Finished: 20/08/2019

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10 Books

Get Some Headspace

Author: Andy Puddicombe

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Published: 2011

Started: 12/01/2015

Finished: 17/02/2015

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Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

Authors: Matthew Walker

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Published: 2017

Started: 22/01/2019

Finished: 24/02/2020

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Running with the Pack: Thoughts from the Road on Meaning and Mortality

Author: Mark Rowlands

Publisher: Granta Books

Published: 2014

Started: 31/11/2018

Finished: 09/01/2019

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What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

Author: Haruki Murakami

Publisher: Vintage

Published: 2009

Started: 09/08/2019

Finished: 09/08/2019

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Running with Sherman: The Donkey with the Heart of a Hero

Author: Christopher McDougall

Publisher: Random House Audio

Published: 2019

Started: 14/11/2019

Finished: 22/11/2019

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In Praise of Walking: The new science of how we walk and why it’s good for us

Author: Shane O’Mara

Publisher: Bodley Head

Published: 2019

Started: 10/09/2019

Finished: 14/10/2019

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What Doesn't Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength

Author: Scott Carney

Publisher: Foxtopus, Inc

Published: 2017

Started: 04/10/2019

Finished: 05/10/2019

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The Wim Hof Method: Activate Your Full Human Potential

Author:  Wim Hof

Publisher: Sounds True

Published: 2020

Started: 21/02/2021

Finished: 05/03/2021

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Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art

Author: James Nestor

Publisher: Penguin

Published: 2020

Started: 16/01/2021

Finished: 23/01/2021

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Just Breathe: Mastering Breathwork for Success in Life, Love, Business, and Beyond

Author: Dan Brulé

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Published: 2019

Started: 06/02/2021

Finished: 15/02/2021

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The truth is that adhering to just four simple healthy lifestyle factors can have a strong impact on the prevention of chronic diseases: not smoking, not being obese, getting half an hour of exercise a day, and eating healthier – defined as consuming more fruits, veggies, and whole grains and less meat. Those four factors alone were found to account for 78 percent of chronic disease risk. If you start from scratch and manage to tick off all four, you may be able to wipe out more than 90 percent of your risk of developing diabetes, more than 80 percent of your risk of having a heart attack, cut by half your risk of having a stroke, and reduce your overall cancer risk by more than one-third.

Michael Greger, MD, How Not To Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease, 2018:7

The physical, psychological, spiritual and social needs of are all considered and cared for in holistic health. Caring for the whole person is based on the belief that being unwell in one aspect of your health affects all aspects of your wellbeing. 

A focus on holistic health has always been a part of my MTA Portfolio and the full breadth of my Public Health, Nutrition and Exercise Science concentration developed out of this module.

Early in my undergraduate studies, back in 2009 and 2010, I experienced various physical and psychological health problems. It proved to be a dark period of my life in which my overall condition progressively worsened, but the experience illustrated to me the absolute importance of keeping all aspects of my health in good shape. 

As a result, I have increasingly educated myself about health topics, cultivated a whole array of healthy habits and prioritised the maintenance of my health in the design of my life. During my undergraduate studies, my interest in holistic health was only a side focus, but I wanted to make it a key focus of my postgraduate studies. 

The contents of this module illustrate that achieving holistic health boils down to three key areas…. fitness, nutrition and wellbeing.

Fitness and nutrition are self-explanatory in terms of getting enough exercise and eating the right foods.

However, wellbeing is much broader, subjective and will vary from person-to-person because it is concerned with an individual’s personal conception of what they consider their ideal form of healthiness and happiness.