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This course introduces students to the world of human nutrition. Students examine the components included in a healthy, balanced diet and develop strategies to meet their changing nutritional needs throughout the various stages of life. Specific topics for the course include the digestion process, functions and health benefits of specific nutrients, weight management and fitness, and the effects of nutritional deficiencies.

This undergraduate-level course is 9 weeks This course is available to take individually or To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 9 weeks

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    Obesity, Eating Disorders, and Food Safety

    • Assess factors that influence obesity.
    • Analyze eating disorders and their associated health problems.
    • Identify the importance of managing food safety and security.
    • Describe body composition and the risks associated with excess body fat.

    Managing Your Health Through Nutrition and Fitness

    • Identify factors that help in maintaining a healthy weight.
    • Combine good nutrition and regular exercise to maximize good health.
    • Develop a nutrition and fitness plan to maintain a healthy body.

    Fundamentals of Health and Diet

    • Identify the six classes of nutrients.
    • Interpret food labels.
    • Identify how nutrient intake affects current and future health.

    Fitness and Diet

    • Explain the importance of combining fitness with a healthy diet.
    • Track your personal health using DRI recommendations and tools.
    • Analyze nutritional information in research and in the media.

    Carbohydrates and Lipids

    • Identify the functions of sugars, starches, and fibers in the body.
    • Identify diseases associated with blood glucose regulation.
    • Determine the types and functions of lipids in the body.
    • Describe the diseases associated with the type and amount of fat in the body.
    • Differentiate between simple and complex carbohydrates.

    Proteins and Amino Acids

    • Determine the functions of protein in the body.
    • Explain the role of amino acids in building protein.
    • Describe risks associated with protein deficiency and overconsumption.

    Vitamins and Supplements

    • Classify vitamins.
    • Explain the sources, benefits, and toxicity risks of vitamins.
    • Analyze the pros and cons of dietary supplements.

    Water and Minerals

    • Determine the functions and sources of minerals.
    • Describe the function of water in the body.
    • Describe the effects of dehydration on the body.

    Digestion and Nutrition Life Cycle

    • Explain the function and mechanics of the digestive system.
    • Compare how proteins, fats, and carbohydrates break down in the digestive system.
    • Analyze how a person’s nutritional needs change over the different stages of life.
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