This course explores the role of nutrition through the entire life span. Beginning with conception, pregnancy, early childhood feeding, adolescence, adulthood and the elderly, each lifecycle is discussed with an understanding of the physiological changes and their implications for nutritional factors. Special emphasis is placed on using this information in nutritional education programming. Prerequisite: HLTH 645
In Lifecycle Nutrition, students will:
- Critically assess key nutrition concepts as they apply to everyday life.
- Interact with and interview nutrition experts in the field who work with clients in various age groups.
- Assess personal knowledge, skill, and abilities of nutrition information via exams and assignments.
- Reflect, answer and evaluate case studies and information presented during online discussions.
- Translate and restate scientific results presented in peer-reviewed journals to write a research paper pertaining to nutrition-related interventions.
- Identify major nutritional concerns at each stage of the human lifecycle.
- Describe appropriate nutrition guidance for individuals throughout the lifecycle.
- Discuss common disorders and diseases caused by poor nutrition at each stage of the lifecycle.
- Analyze case studies to identify and prioritize nutritional concerns.
- Design treatment plans and nutrition education messages in response to case studies of clients with different nutritional concerns and conditions.
- Discuss knowledge gained by interviewing a nutrition practitioner who focuses on a particular lifecycle group.
- Identify nutritional intervention strategies for the disease in a life stage and provide nutritional guidance for that age group using nutritional remedies.
Recent reports project that by 2030, half of all adults (115 million adults) in the United States will be obese. Overweight adolescents have a 70% chance of becoming overweight or obese adults.1
Topics covered include:
- Nutrition basics and preconception nutrition
- Nutrition during pregnancy
- Nutrition during lactation/infant nutrition
- Toddler and preschooler nutrition
- Child and preadolescent nutrition
- Adolescent nutrition
- Adult/older adult nutrition
1President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, http://www.fitness.gov/resource-center/facts-and-statistics/
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