TEACHER ENRICHMENT INITIATIVES

Activity 3B: Mo’Besity: How Obesity May Affect Mobility

In this station lab activity, students will investigate how obesity affects a person’s mobility. The students will use their Student Data Pages to record the results of their investigation at each station. A Student Information Page will be provided at each station to guide students. Students will work in groups of four, with each being assigned a role. These roles include Reader, Recorder, Test Subject, or Data Collector.

Objectives: 
  • Work in a group of 4 with assigned roles to complete a task (Task Cards are provided in the Teacher Pages)
  • Describe the effects obesity has on balance and mobility; Part 1: How stable am I?
  • Explain the relationship between the base of support and an object’s ability to be balanced/stable
  • Define base of support and center of gravity
  • Describe how obesity affects stability; Part 2: Carrying weight where?
  • Explain the relationship between line of gravity, base of support, and an object’s ability to be balanced/stable
  • Define line of gravity
  • Measure the difference in line of gravity when weight is added
  • Describe how obesity affects the line of gravity; Part 3: R.O.M of elbow joint
  • Define range of motion
  • Measure range of motion of the elbow with and without additional weight
  • Explain the relationship between range of motion and obesity; Part 4: R.O.M of knee joint
  • Define range of motion
  • Measure range of motion of the knee with and without additional weight
  • Explain the relationship between range of motion and obesity; Part 5: Time to get up
  • Describe how obesity affects daily activities; Part 6: Let’s take a walk
  • Describe how obesity affects daily activities
  • Explain the relationship between range of motion and obesity; Part 7: BMI
  • Calculate BMI (body mass index)

 

Keywords: 

Obesity, mobility, balance, base of support, center of gravity, stability, line of gravity, range of motion, Body Mass Index (BMI)

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Activity Code: 
3B
Unit Reference: 
Mo-bility: Movement by the Numbers
Lesson Reference: 
Lesson 3: Choices & Changes: Factors Affecting Mobility