Fall 2023: European, African, and Asian Adventure

FSHN 150 Survey of Human Nutrition [CRN 72121]

Overview of Course

This course will explore basic nutrition principles and concepts and their application to personal and population health. We will establish a foundation by studying how food is digested, how individual macro-nutrients (protein carbohydrates, and fats) and micro-nutrients (vitamins and minerals) are absorbed and utilized to regulate body functions that promote health. Discussions will revolve around individual nutrient needs and how cultural food practices and the magnitude of dietary diversity are associated with health throughout the lifecycle. The prevention and treatment of nutrition-related chronic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer will be discussed. We will also examine how body weight is regulated (genetics and behavioral factors) and the efficacy of various dietary and exercise approaches to promote maintenance of health. Additionally, because malnutrition is a global issue, we will examine the impact of nutrient deficiencies on growth and behavioral development, especially in children. Students will learn to use scientific evidence to evaluate nutrition information as related to health, disease, and sports performance from popular websites and magazines. We will also explore cultural differences in nutritional education and regulation. Portside dining experiences will serve as a basis for discussing the cultural origins and nutritional quality of the foods we eat as we journey to the different countries.