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  • ACE Credit®-recommended for 3.0 semester credits

Course description

Sophia’s Introduction to Nutrition course introduces general concepts and practical applications of nutrition. The course reflects an integration of scientific principles and how food provides important nutrients that provide substance and energy for healthy living and disease management throughout the life span. An emphasis is given to nutrients and nutritional processes including functions, food sources, digestion, absorption, and metabolism. Food safety, availability, and nutrition information including food labels, advertising, and nationally established guidelines are addressed.

Assessments and grading

This is a pass/fail course. You must complete 17 Challenges (formative assessments), and 4 Milestones (summative assessments), with an overall score of 70% or better.

Learning outcomes

<p>At the end of the course, you'll be able to:</p> <ul><li>Recognize the health benefits certain foods and nutrients can have on the body and mind</li><li>Compare Resources and Guidelines to Food Choices and Individual Needs</li><li>Classify Food Groups & Nutrients</li><li>Identify how food is absorbed, digested, and metabolized</li><li>Compare the relationship between energy balance and weight management</li><li>Distinguish between realistic and effective strategies to achieve a healthy body weight</li><li>Describe health risks and benefits associated with current diets</li><li>Identify carbohydrates common in human nutrition by their structure and food sources</li><li>Identify lipids common in human nutrition by their structure and food sources</li><li>Identify proteins common in human nutrition by their structure and food sources</li><li>Describe the sources and roles of fat-soluble vitamins</li><li>Describe the sources and roles of water-soluble vitamins</li><li>Describe the sources and roles of minerals, electrolytes, and water in nutrition</li><li>Describe the impact of nutrition on the mother and in fetal development to one year of life</li><li>Describe nutrition needs and concerns for toddlers, children, and teenagers</li><li>Describe nutrition needs and concerns for adults, middle-aged adults, and older adults</li><li>Describe realistic and effective nutrition related strategies for managing malnutrition, deficiency, and disease</li></ul>

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