Introduction to Public Health Nutrition

Introduction to Public Health Nutrition




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This course provides an in-depth exploration of the field of public health nutrition. Students will gain an understanding of the role of nutrition in promoting health and well-being, as well as addressing issues such as hunger, foodborne illnesses, and chronic diseases.

Topics Covered:

  • Principles of public health nutrition
  • Major nutrients and their functions
  • Healthy eating patterns
  • Dietary guidelines for different age groups and populations
  • Nutrition through the life cycle
  • Food safety and hygiene practices 
  • Hunger and food insecurity 
  • Role of nutrition in preventing and managing chronic diseases 
  • Physical activity and nutrition

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Who is the course for?

This course is designed for homeschooling teens aged 13-18 who are passionate about nutrition and public health, and are looking to gain a deeper understanding of the field of public health nutrition. Whether you’re interested in pursuing a career in dietetics, nutrition, or a related field, or simply want to develop a comprehensive knowledge of nutrition and its impact on public health, this course is perfect for you.

Learning Path

Delve into the multifaceted field of public health nutrition, exploring its definition, scope, and the critical role of nutrition in promoting population health. Examine the interplay between health and nutrition, as well as the diverse factors that influence dietary behaviors.

Uncover the building blocks of nutrition, including macronutrients, micronutrients, and their vital functions. Learn about food groups and healthy eating patterns, gaining knowledge on the impact of dietary choices on overall well-being.

Discover the evidence-based dietary guidelines tailored to various age groups and populations. Explore the importance of variety, balance, and portion control, while learning how to decipher food labels for informed decision-making.

Examine the unique nutritional needs and challenges throughout the life span, from pregnancy to adolescence. Discuss special dietary considerations for different life stages, emphasizing the significance of healthy eating habits for growth, development, and lifelong health.

Master the principles of food safety and hygiene to prevent foodborne illnesses. Understand common foodborne pathogens, safe food handling practices, and proper storage techniques, ensuring food consumption is both nutritious and risk-free.

Explore the global prevalence and causes of hunger and food insecurity. Analyze the devastating impact on health and well-being, while discussing strategies to address this pressing issue.

Unravel the link between nutrition and chronic diseases, including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and cancer. Explore evidence-based dietary recommendations for reducing disease risk and improving overall health outcomes.

Delve into the synergistic relationship between physical activity and nutrition. Understand the importance of regular exercise for health maintenance and how nutrition can support an active lifestyle.

Uncover the emerging field of nutrition and mental health. Examine the connection between dietary choices and conditions such as anxiety, depression, and stress. Learn about nutritional strategies to promote mental well-being and optimize cognitive function.

Explore the intricate web between food production, consumption, and environmental sustainability. Analyze the impact of dietary choices on the planet and discuss sustainable dietary practices for present and future generations.

Examine the role of government and public health agencies in shaping nutrition policy. Learn about nutrition assistance programs, their impact on vulnerable populations, and the importance of advocating for healthy nutrition policies.

Delve into the art of effectively communicating nutrition information to diverse audiences. Develop strategies for engaging teens in healthy eating behaviors, using age-appropriate language, visuals, and evidence-based messaging.

Uncover various methods for assessing nutritional status, including anthropometry, biochemical tests, and dietary intake assessments. Master techniques for monitoring nutrition programs and evaluating their impact, providing evidence for informed decision-making.

Peer into the future trends and innovations transforming the field of public health nutrition. Analyze the challenges and opportunities in addressing global nutrition issues and discuss the crucial role of youth engagement in shaping the future of healthy eating.

Within the scope of this research project, you will delve into the fascinating world of “Blue Zones”, remote regions where inhabitants consistently outlive their counterparts in other parts of the world, thanks to their distinct dietary habits and lifestyle practices.

Gain insights from registered dietitians who will share their experiences, career path, and the practical applications of public health nutrition in the field.

Emerging trends in public health nutrition and the future directions for nutrition research and practice

Showcase your nutrition education campaigns, sharing your findings, challenges, and successes. Engage in thoughtful reflections on the importance of public health nutrition and the role of teens in promoting healthy eating behaviors for a healthier future.

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