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.
Faculty and students will be held responsible for understanding and adhering to all policies contained within the following two documents:
University policies: You must be logged into the student website to view this document. Instructor policies: This document is posted in the Course Materials forum.
University policies are subject to change. Be sure to read the policies at the beginning of each class. Policies may be slightly different depending on the modality in which you attend class. If you have recently changed modalities, read the policies governing your current class modality.
Become familiar with WileyPLUS®, an interactive supplemental website designed to provide the chapter readings for this course from the text, Nutrition. WileyPLUS® also provides additional resources—such as video clips, animations, and interactive activities—to help clarify the concepts in this course. Access to WileyPLUS® is available on the student website.
Nongraded Activities and Preparation
Grammar and Writing Guides
Review the Grammar and Writing Guides page at the Center for Writing Excellence located in the University Library.
Nongraded Activities and Preparation
Estimating Portion Size
Watch the “Estimating Portion Size” video animation in Ch. 1 of WileyPlus® located under the Nutrition Animations and Tutorials heading.
Understanding Food Labels
Read the How to Understand Nutritional Food Label link located on your student page.
Read the Eating Healthier and Feeling Better Using the Nutrition Facts Label page link located on your student page.
Watch “The Food Label and You” video. The link is located on your student page.
Complete your Understanding Food Labels assignment by providing a 350- to 700-word response in APA format to the Assignments tab. Include the following:
Discuss and define what the 5/20 rule is according to the “Food Label and
You” video and include an example from your own pantry.
Discuss the six key food label facts presented in the “How to Understand Nutritional Food Label” article that can help consumers understand food labels more effectively.
Examine the food labels for three items or nutrients you find in your own pantry or refrigerator. Name the product and build a list or a chart for the following components for each item:
Total calories per serving
Percentage of calories from fat
Total amount of carbohydrates (in grams)
Total amount of protein (in grams)
Total amount of fiber (in grams)
3-Day Diet Analysis
Document what you eat during a 3-day period by using the free food tracker tool located on https://www.choosemyplate.gov/SuperTracker/default.aspx.
Set up an account with the SuperTracker by using the registration instructions in Appendix B.
Watch the “Estimating Portion Size” animated video at Ch. 1 of WileyPlus® located on the student website. This will assist you in relating your own portion sizes to the standard serving size.
Write a 700- to 1,050-word paper of your 3-day diet analysis, including a screenshot of your final results. Your paper must be in APA format and include a title page, 700 to 1,050 words of analysis, and a separate reference page. Include the following details in your paper:
Describe your current eating habits.
How does your diet compare to the recommendations you received from the SuperTracker? How many servings from each food group did you consume?
How might you modify your diet to best use the six classes of nutrients and the recommended servings for each food group? What are some nutrient-rich foods you could add to your daily diet?
Identify the six classes of nutrients and explain how your overall nutrient intake affects current health.
Explain how your new diet and nutrient intake will affect your current and future health.
Post your response as an attachment to the Assignments tab.
Write a 1,050- to 1,400-word paper in APA format, making a healthy eating comparison and creating a personalized nutrition and exercise plan. The plan should be plausible enough to be initiated within the next 30 days and continued throughout your life. Use insights from the SuperTracker, Physical Activity Tracker, the Recommended Dietary Allowances, Recommended Dietary Intakes for your age group and gender, and information from readings.
Compare your recent results to the 3-day diet analysis you completed in Week One. How have your nutritional habits changed, if at all, since the first week of class? What key changes have you made or do you need to make to meet the recommendations made by your SuperTracker results?
Analyze your diet and exercise results and identify a current health problem or nutritional need you are experiencing, or a health or nutrition problem you can foresee experiencing because of your family history: for example, heart disease or diabetes. Briefly discuss the condition you have chosen.
Develop a realistic nutrition and exercise plan by including four nutritional and physical exercise goals that will assist you in optimizing good health.
Discuss the actions you will take to meet each goal.
What are some anticipated setbacks or difficulties you may face? What approaches will you implement for overcoming them?
What outcomes will you measure to determine if your plan is successful?
What are potential health risks you may develop if you do not implement the plan?
How will you adjust your plan to fit your changing nutritional needs as a result of age, pregnancy (if applicable), or changes in physical capabilities? Additionally, include information on physical activities and how they may be altered to accommodate different seasons of the year.