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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Nutrition (NUTR)

NUTR 100 (GHA) Contemporary Nutrition Concerns (1.5) Interpretation of nutrition principles in relation to contemporary problems in selecting a diet to promote a healthy lifestyle. Students who have received credit for NUTR 151 or NUTR 251 may not schedule this course.

NUTR 100 Contemporary Nutrition Concerns (1)
(GHA)

This course will present the basic principles of nutrition so that students may be better prepared to evaluate nutrition related issues in the media and to make informed choices about dietary in takes in order to promote a healthful lifestyle. Information about the several classes of nutrients (proteins, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins, and minerals) and the physiological processes used to digest, absorb, and utilize them is presented and related to such topics as maintenance of ideal body weight, improvement in physical performance, and the role of nutrients in various disease states such as heart- disease, cancer, and osteoporosis. Students are instructed in ways to obtain information about food and nutrition through training in reading foods labels and accessing quality information from electronic and print media. In order to provide relevance to the individual, each student will collect information about his or her diet by keeping a diet record and will use a software program to compare intakes with dietary recommendations. Several other assignments will allow students to use this information to compare their diets to recommendations for fiber intake, to plan a program to accomplish weight gain or loss, to estimate their energy expenditure and to consider ways they might modify their diet to accomplish some stated goal (e.g. increase iron status or decrease salt intake). Students will be evaluated based on two midterm examinations and a final examination and on the quality of the diet project and the other assignments. Percentage distribution of the grades would likely be: 20% for each of the midterms, 30% for the final, and 30% for the various projects. This course is intended for non-nutrition major students and will fulfill 1. 5. credits of the Health and Physical Activity (GHA) requirement of general education. The course is offered each semester, including summer sessions, at University Park. Typical enrollment would be approximately 200 students in each of three sections per semester during regular, sessions.


General Education: GHA
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2004

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.