Ever wondered what really makes a healthy diet? In Food, Nutrition & Your Health you will learn the basic concepts of nutrition, as well as how to follow a diet that will protect you from various health problems.
Starting with the building blocks of basic nutrition, you will learn how these can impact your digestion, energy and health. Find out how eating disorders develop, including the genetic, cultural and psychological factors involved. Finally, you will learn about various diets, including the social and biological factors that have contributed to their evolution.
What will I learn?
An outline of the chemistry of the basic nutrients, how they are ingested, digested, absorbed and finally egested
Various ethnic and geographic factors relating to diet
What metabolism is and how food is utilised to build up body tissues
How the body is affected by:
Obesity, and how it contributes to morbidity and mortality
The biological and psychological factors responsible for abnormal eating patterns
The characteristics of anorexia and bulimia
The various other eating disorders commonly observed
The underlying nutritional fallacies of some of the fad diets
An understanding of why some diets are good and what the nutritional and health benefits of these are
How to construct a healthful menu
This course requires approximately 2 - 4 hours of study per week, but can vary depending on the student. This includes watching videos, and taking quizzes and assessments.
If you pass this course you'll receive a Certificate of Achievement. While this certificate isn't a formal qualification or credit, you can use it to demonstrate your interest in learning about this area to potential employers or educational institutions.
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MOOCs stand for Massive Open Online Courses. These arefree online courses from universities around the world (eg. StanfordHarvardMIT) offered to anyone with an internet connection.
How do I register?
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How do these MOOCs or free online courses work?
MOOCs are designed for an online audience, teaching primarily through short (5-20 min.) pre recorded video lectures, that you watch on weekly schedule when convenient for you. They also have student discussion forums, homework/assignments, and online quizzes or exams.
Nathancompleted this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
The course was interesting, though it had a bit too pathologising attitude towards obesity. I wished there was more information about how the absorption of various nutrients interacts with each other, instead of spending many videos on listing all the parts of the digestive system, which is a lot less relevant to most people's dietary decisions than the former.