Meets MN Transfer Curriculum Goal Area 3 - Natural Sciences. Students will learn about nutritional requirements and how humans digest, absorb and metabolize nutrients. Nutrition is a science that is a part of a holistic wellness approach to health. This course studies the chemistry and physiology involved in nutrition, and how life choices impact nutritional wellbeing. Students will not only learn what and how much to eat, they will learn what influences their dietary intake, how manufacturing and growing processes influence their food supply and how these influences effect their wellness and the science behind their nutritional needs, becoming informed consumers and valuable care givers for their families and for those with nutritional concerns. This class does not include a laboratory (lab) component.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Distinguish what influences one's dietary intake including cultural, emotional, financial, health, physical, and societal impacts.
- Explain the functions and recommended dietary intake guidelines of nutrients.
- Calculate energy requirements and plan a healthy energy balance for life.
- Analyze food labels to determine the quality and quantity of food products.
- Describe digestion, absorption, transport, elimination, and metabolism of nutrients in the human body.
- Compare health benefits and consequences of specific foods.
- Describe steps used to ensure food safety.
- Differentiate between whole and processed foods, and organic and conventional growing techniques.
- Describe how food growing techniques and manufacturing practices influence health.
- Plan, record and analyze nutrient and dietary intake.
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