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I'm a believer in knowledge is power. There are some free online courses that I'm going to be taking through Coursera and I'm sharing them in case anyone else is interested in learning too. I love that they also cover all kinds of topics from engineering to art and music and that they are FREE. Coursera is an education company that partners with the top universities and organizations in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take. There are no strings attached and all you do is sign up and sign in to classes. You even get online help and answers to your questions. I've already taken a programming course and courses can run anywhere from 6-10 weeks (maybe more or less). You take them when it is convenient for you.

I've signed up for the following health and nutrition classes starting soon in June and also in July:

Sustainability of Food Systems: A Global Life Cycle Perspective
through the University of Minnesota

Nutrition for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
through the University of California, San Francisco

Nutrition and Physical Activity for Health
through the University of Pittsburgh

I've been a member of RFR for 4 years and part of my personal journey has been to educate myself as to why my diet is an integral part of my health and well being. I'm becoming especially interested in where my food supply comes from. An example is having recently seen a documentary on Singapore's vertical, hi-rise vegetable gardening. It's a big deal in China because they are struggling with population and demand for food supplies. They are no different then many countries (I'm in the mid-west of USA) who are importing and exporting to other countries which is causing food to be very expensive and not always healthy (for example, picked too soon for ripening purposes). Just realizing how far my food sources travel and how it travels...well it is astounding. For me, it is important to be a more thoughtful consumer as I nourish my body.

I commend so many great blog writers and wellness warriors on RFR who have local CSA's, hoop gardens and home gardens. Everyone here is such an inspiration.

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Tags: activity, disease, food, nutrition, physical, sustainability, systems


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Comment by Monica Hall on June 28, 2013 at 5:20pm

Kathleen thanks for the information.  I can't wait to check it out.  I also believe in being educated on food, food supply, nutrition & fitness for myself, family and clients. RFR is a great resource thanks to Penny her team & all the great people here like yourself.



Comment by Kathleen Ruhl on June 24, 2013 at 11:36am

I am really enjoying the Coursera courses. The Nutrition for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention course has just started today. I am thrilled to see a post on their forum about juicing with lots of banter back and forth from students. Lots of myths...hard for me to bite my tongue. One compared drinking juices to drinking soda and there's lots of hangup about sugars and carbs. I felt confident in sharing our online group here at RFR and hope we will see an influx of new members who are curious and want to know the truth. I am so very proud of RFR and what the group has mean't to me. Five years later and still going strong. Thank you Penni and everyone here.

Comment by Kathleen Ruhl on June 16, 2013 at 4:07pm

Thanks for reading the blog and commenting. Good thing you did because as busy as I get...I completely forgot that this class, Sustainability of Food Systems: A Global Life Cycle Perspective, had already launched! Thank you Kamala for the tip on Khan Academy...I will check it out too. Bette, I've never done a CSA because I'm afraid it's way too much food for just me and I also don't have the cash to pay upfront. But I hope to in the future. Tired of my excuses. And great to hear from you Carol! I too love sharing and receiving...we are truly blessed in so many ways. <3<3<3

Comment by Kamala Raab on June 16, 2013 at 3:19pm

Khan Academy has free on-line programs also. They have a Healthcare & Medicine category and also partner with Stanford School of Medicine and MIT. They have many short videos on a long list of subjects. I have explored their Art History section. There are so many good resources out there. Thanks for the info.

Comment by Bette Bliss Shaw on June 16, 2013 at 1:44pm

I am part of a CSA and it has been amazing so far and we are due to pick up on week two! YAY!!

Comment by Janet Carol Ryan on June 13, 2013 at 1:43pm

yay!! thank you for sharing these rich resources - we are blessed! I love sharing and receiving. all the best to you Kathleen.

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