Nutrition Health and Lifestyle: Issues and Insights course review.
There’s so much information on the internet nowadays and sometimes it’s difficult to know what to believe when you go from one website to the next only to receive contradictory information, especially in the field of nutrition, health, and lifestyle topics.
This is why I wanted to write a brief review of the Nutrition, Health, and Lifestyle: Issues and Insights course that I recently attended online, with the best part being, it’s completely FREE! Some months ago a reader of my blog suggested the course and I duly registered for it. It’s usually run every 6 months, by Jamie Pope and if you are interested you can register for it here.
The course explores all areas of current nutrition concepts and controversies giving the student a valuable foundation of knowledge which they themselves can then use in applying that to their own personal lifestyle and dietary preferences. The course is completely unbiased towards any particular lifestyle or dietary preference, instead it looks at each and every choice from current western diets, cultural and religious diets to personal choice / restrictive / medically prescribed through to plant based diets with pro’s and con’s for each.
The course also covers nutrition, fitness, food allergies and intolerances. It is an ideal course for beginners or for those of us looking to keep our knowledge up to date with current practices and research.
Over 7 weeks the course looks at a particular topic week by week and consists of lecture videos, questions which are not graded and a weekly quiz and assignment, which are graded. You can choose just to follow the course with no intention of receiving any kind of accolade or you can choose to complete the quizzes and assignments in order to obtain a Statement of Accomplishment, as I did.
I was able to study the course in my own time. I found I could read / listen to some of the lecture videos during the week, whilst on my lunch hour, or in the evening, but mostly I was able to complete my listening and learning and the assignments on a Sunday, before they were due for submission. Each weeks work was about 5 – 6 hours in total which included all the time to view the lecture videos and to complete the assignments.
A brief summary of the subjects covered week by week were:-
Week 1 Healthy Diets:
• What is a healthy diet?
• Key components of a healthy diet
• Dietary reference intakes (DRI’s)
• Nutrient density
• Energy density
• Calorie balance and determining calorie needs
Week 2 Food Labelling:
• Understanding and using the information on food labels
• Nutrition and health claims
• Food labels internationally
• Food additives
Week 3 Dietary Supplements:
• Why do people take dietary supplements?
• Nutrition and health claims on food labels
• Considerations before choosing or taking a dietary supplement
• Who should take dietary supplements?
Week 4 Functional and Super Foods:
• What is a functional food?
• Considerations for use of a functional food
• What makes a food “super”?
• Overview of select “super” foods attributes, research and intake recommendations
Week 5 Plant-based diets:
• Types of plant-based and vegetarian diets
• Potential benefits of vegetarian or plant-based diets
• Planning vegetarian diets with resources
• Mediterranean diet
Week 6 Nutrition and Fitness:
• Benefits of physical activity and fitness
• Exercise and body weight
• Physical activity and exercise guidelines
• Nutrition and fitness
• Hydration, fluid, vitamin and mineral needs before, during and after exercise
Week 7 Food Allergies and Intolerances:
• Overview of food allergies and intolerances
• Focus on food allergies: common food allergens, symptoms and treatment
• Focus on food intolerances: common food intolerances, symptoms and treatment
• Celiac disease and gluten intolerance
There are many other nutrition related courses offered online here, not just this Nutrition, Health, and Lifestyle Issues and Insights one, but a vast variety of other subjects too! It really is worthwhile heading over, checking out their homepage, and seeing what you might be interested in!