Fundamentals of Nutrition for Teens

Fundamentals of Nutrition for Teens




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In this comprehensive course, you’ll delve into the intricate relationship between nutrition, health, and the environment. You’ll explore the fundamental principles of nutrition, including the digestive system, major nutrients, and how cultural and media influences shape our dietary preferences. Through interactive discussions, presentations, and hands-on exercises, you’ll develop the skills to make informed decisions about your diet and lifestyle.

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Who is the course for?

Teens aged 13-18 who are passionate about nutrition and wellness can benefit from exploring this course Students who are eager to improve their overall health and well-being may find this information helpful. 

Learning Path

  • All about the digestive system
  • 3 phases of the digestive process
  • Defining digestion and nutrients
  • Organs of the digestive process
  • Overview of macronutrients, micronutrients, and water
  • Defining nutrition and calories
  • Functions of carbohydrates
  • Simple vs Complex carbs and their food sources
  • Soluble vs insoluble fiber
  • Calories in carbs
  • Refined vs unrefined carbs
  • Class review
  • Different types of fats: Unsaturated vs saturated vs trans fats
  • Different types of proteins: complete vs incomplete vs complimentary
  • Protein deficiency
  • Fat-soluble/water valuable and their food sources
  • Types of vitamin deficiencies
  • Trace minerals and macrominerals (Iron, calcium, potassium, sodium), their functions and food sources. 
  • Types of mineral deficiency
  • Where is water found in the body
  • Functions of water
  • How exercise influence water balance
  • Effects of dehydration
  • Self assessment for dehydration
  • What is hyponatremia
  • Electrolytes and fluid replacements
  • 5 food groups (fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, proteins)
  • Tips for healthy meal planning
  • What are RDAs
  • Calories needs of difference age and gender
  • Total Daily Energy Equation (BMR + TEF + TEA)
  • Energy Cost (MET & PAL)
  • How to read a food label 
  • Understanding food labeling laws in the United States
  • Identifying FDA food claims on labels
  • Kilocalories on food labels
  • Calculating DRVs 
  • Defining advertising and media
  • A look at Food and advertising commercial videos
  • Identifying advertising tactics in foods
  • The power of persuasion
  • Common nutrition concerns for teens
  • Foodie Fun Trivia
  • Body image overview
  • History of the ideal women
  • How the perfect male body has changed video
  • The dangers of media and marketing
  • Diet culture in the 21st century
  • What is obesity video
  • Genetics influence on body size
  • Benefits of eating well and healthy meal planning
  • 3 categories of misinformation
  • Common nutrition myths
  • What do you know about dieting and diet products quiz
  • Dieting vs good nutrition
  • Eating habits over 40 years
  • Crazy but true diets
  • Current diet trends
  • Social media and nutrition influences
  • Popular food flops that started out on social media
  • Current (non diet) recommendations
  • How to spot a fad diet video
  • What is agricultural
  • Why do we eat what we eat (basic foods vs newer foods)
  • Hunter/gathering societies
  • The first form of cooking/tools
  • Agricultural revolution
  • Types of farmland
  • The Green revolution
  • What are GMOs
  • Foods that contain GMOs
  • Why are foods genetically modified (Pros, Cons)
  • Defining an allergy vs intolerance
  • A took at the different food allergies and intolerances
  • What is gluten?
  • What is Food Processing
  • Why Create Processed Food
  • A look at minimally, moderately and highly processed foods. 
  • When did we start processing food Caveman times vs Modern times
  • Pros of processed food
  • How does salt keep meat fresh
  • A look at a few processing methods (spray drying,  pasteurization, canning, sealing etc) 
  • Is processed food good or bad?

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