e074 Physical Activity and Lifestyle Change

Faculty of Sports Studies
spring 2024
Extent and Intensity
0/1/0. 3 credit(s) (plus 2 credits for an exam). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught partially online.
Afke Kerkstra (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. Michal Kumstát, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Rafael Merino (lecturer)
Brigita Mieziene (lecturer)
Kristina Motiejunaite (lecturer)
Kristina Poderiene (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Michal Kumstát, Ph.D.
Department of Sport Performance and Exercise Testing – Faculty of Sports Studies
Contact Person: Ing. Zuzana Florianová
Supplier department: Department of Sport Performance and Exercise Testing – Faculty of Sports Studies
Prerequisites (in Czech)
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 20 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/20, only registered: 0/20
Course objectives
In this blended intensive program we will talk about the difficulties of changing behavior and your role as a Physical activity and lifestyle or health professional. We will have guest speakers from five European countries from our Physical activity and lifestyle network to lecture about topics related to changing behavior and lifestyle factors as physical activity, stress reduction and nutrition. In the group work you will be working on a case study together and are asked to come up with an intervention plan for someone with a chronic disease.
Learning outcomes
Learning outcomes from lectures
The student will be able to:
Describe social determinants of a helathy behavior in relation to environment
Describe acute adaptations of skeletal muscles to inactivity
Describe the influence of physical activity on a healthy lifestyle
Explore the implications for health professionals who are expected to deliver behaviour change help to people with chronic diseases
Describe the role of breathing and the nervous system in a healthy lifestyle
Experience coping with stress
Describe the relationship with Body composition and chronic disease
Describe nutrition strategies for people with chronic disease
Describe the energy balance concept from the nutritional perspective and its impact on health
Learning outcomes from group work
The student will be able to:
Describe the target behaviour requiring change in chronic diseases
Explain how different models/theories allow an understanding of people’s choices about health behaviours
Predict what interventions could change the behaviour
Identify core Behavioral Change Technique’s (BCT) for the self-management of chronic disease
Among BCTs addressing behavioural determinants, decide on which can included in the intervention plan
Be sensitive to aspects, such as ethnicity, education level, deprivation, religion, sexual orientation and cultural environment
Describe a range of techniques and strategies for effective communication
  • 1. Changing Behavior
  • 2. Physical Activity
  • 3. Stress Reduction
  • 4. Nutrition
  • 5. Challenges for the future (Ehealth)
  • 6. Intensive week
    recommended literature
  • VAJDA, Petr, Kateřina STRAŠILOVÁ and Lenka SVOBODOVÁ. Change in physical activity and stress during COVID-19 in a sample of older adults with exercise habits. Studia Sportiva. Brno, Czech Republic: Masarykova univerzita, 2021, vol. 15, No 2, p. 6-16. ISSN 1802-7679. URL info
  • Michie S, Atkins L, West R. (2014) The Behaviour Change Wheel: A Guide to Designing Interventions.
Teaching methods
The module will consist of five weblectures of 2,5 hours each, preparation work in reading the case study, literature of 57,5 hours, group work of 30 hours. And you will attend the intensive week (40 hours).
Assessment methods
The student will finish the course with a team project presentation during the Intensive Week.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught: in blocks.
The course is also listed under the following terms spring 2023.
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