EST560 - Nutrition and Health

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Subject Title
Nutrition and Health

Subject Description
The purpose of this subject is to provide students with a scientific foundation for the understanding, evaluation and application of issues related to human nutrition with a focus on the maintenance of nutrient intake and skin health. Factors that modify normal nutrition such as physical and emotional stress, illness, dieting and food prejudices are discussed in relation to life span.

Credit Status
1 Credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Explain the relationship between nutrition and health status;
  2. Assess the quality and quantity of nutrient intake in relation to the body's needs;
  3. Describe the effects of the environment upon nutritional sources and health;
  4. Identify the six nutrient classes that are essential to human health;
  5. Explain the energy requirements of the body and the nutrients that fulfill these requirements;
  6. Describe the systems of the body responsible for the digestion, absorption and assimilation of nutrients;
  7. Explain the role of carbohydrates, fats, protein and water for optimal body function and skin health;
  8. Explain the role of vitamins and minerals that are essential to the skin;
  9. Recognize the signs and symptoms of food allergies, nutrient toxicity and deficiency in the skin;
  10. Describe environmental factors which influence nutrition and health;
  11. Identify sources of nutrition information: the Dietary Reference Intakes and Canada's Food Guide;;
  12. Demonstrate the ability to accurately follow directions both verbal and written;
  13. Demonstrate the ability to work within assigned time frames to meet deadlines.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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