About the Course
Separate fact from fiction and fads as you learn about core nutrition concepts and how to evaluate not only personal food choices and overall dietary patterns, but nutrition related content in the media and in advertising. Such topics include fundamentals of a healthful eating pattern, nutrition labeling, dietary supplements, fortified and “super” foods, plant-based nutrition, and nutrition and fitness. The course will also include an overview of nutrition fundamentals as they relate to human health.
During this course you will have the opportunity to:
- Analyze and evaluate your own food and beverage intake using a reputable nutrient database.
- Research of a dietary supplement of your choosing using credible informational websites as well as evidence-based medical literature.
- Personally examine the concept of energy balance through determination of your calorie needs, intake and expenditure.
Week One: Just What is a Healthy Diet? A Balancing Act
Week Two: Nutrition Labeling: Facts, Claims, and Challenges
Week Three: Dietary Supplements: Evaluating the Evidence
Week Four: Functional and “Super” Foods: Their Role in Optimal Nutrition
Week Five: Plant-based Nutrition: Controversies and Considerations
Week Six: Nutrition and Fitness: Facts, Food, and Fuel
No background required, all are welcome!
Each week the video lectures and posted slides will include links to credible websites referenced in the course and available to students for additional information.
The textbook associated with the course, but not
required - the video lectures are designed to provide core content for this course - is Nutrition Now, 7th ed, by Judith Brown http://www.amazon.com/Nutrition-Now-Judith-E-Brown/dp/1133936539/re...
The class will consist of lecture videos, which are between 5 and 20 minutes in length. Each video includes several questions that are not graded, but offered to foster personal insight and learning. In addition to the videos, there are weekly assignments that allow students to further explore topics and concepts. Each week also includes a weekly 10-15 question quiz that covers information from the video lectures that can be completed any time during the week it is offered or before the course concludes. Students have up to 3 attempts to master the quiz and each question provides an explanation for the correct answer.
You will find access to all course content on the home page. You will find more detailed information there about the course under Syllabus/Course Description.
You can choose your level of course involvement, whether it is just watching the videos or choosing to complete some or all of the assignments and weekly quizzes. Once enrolled, you have full access to all course content and can join us whenever your schedule allows. I do hope that you can take part on a weekly basis through the course offering. You do have the option of earning signed statements of accomplishment at the end of the course dependent upon your level of course participation and submission of some or all of the weekly assignments and quizzes.