Nutrition, Health, and Society
Discusses the facts and fallacies concerning the role that nutrition, exercise, and other health behaviors play in preventing disease, maintaining good health, and maximizing athletic performance. Emphasis is on understanding the biological mechanisms through which good nutrition and regular exercise affect psychological and physical health. Outcome 1: Demonstrate the ability to analyze their dietary habits using a computer diet analysis program, identify strengths and weaknesses in their diet, and suggest one or more ways to improve the healthfulness of their diet, identify pros and cons of diet analysis programs and food recall methodologies. Outcome 2: Demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate, using course content, nutrition and health claims and/or controversies and to clearly articulate a scientifically supported opinion of the evaluated literature on the claim or controversy. Outcome 3: Explain the relationships (interconnectedness) between optimal health, chronic disease and dietary habits, lifestyle choices, genetics and behaviors. Outcome 4: Identify factors that influence the autonomic nervous system and how these affect, digestion, absorption, utilization and elimination of nutrients.
Students enroll in NS 1150.