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Nutrition and Wellness (OTH080)

Nutrition and Wellness (OTH080)

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Quick Overview

This course introduces students to good nutrition principles needed for physical and mental wellness. Topics include good nutrition; food safety; digestion, absorption, and metabolism; how major nutrients are processed in the body; basic components of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats; the roles of vitamins, minerals, and fluids; physical fitness and athletic performance; stress; and wellness and nutrition principles throughout the human life cycle. Application to today's food and eating trends plus learning to assess for reliable nutrition information are emphasized.

Teacher-Led Course (one-time payment)   $425.00

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Course Overview

This one-semester elective course provides students with an overview of good nutrition principles that are necessary for physical and mental wellness and a long, healthy life. Instructional materials include discussions of digestion, basic nutrients, weight management, sports and fitness, and life-span nutrition. The Nutrition and Wellness course emphasizes an understanding of today's food and eating trends and gives students the capacity to intelligently evaluate all available sources of nutrition information and make informed decisions. Unit topics include a course introduction, wellness and food choices in today's world, digestion and major nutrients, and body size and weight management.


Course Outline

Unit 1: Course Introduction

  • Getting Started
  • Research Paper

Unit 2: Wellness and Food Choices in Today's World

  • Influences in Food Habits and Consumption Trends
  • Food Selection Guides and Evaluations
  • Reading Food Labels
  • Foodborne Illness and Safety of Food Supply
  • Community Sources of Nutrition and Wellness

Unit 3: Digestion and Major Nutrients

  • Digestion, Absorption, and Metabolism
  • Carbohydrates
  • Fats
  • Proteins
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals

Unit 4: Body Size and Weight Management

  • Calculating and Interpreting Body Measurements
  • Function and Regulation of Body Fat Levels
  • Culture, Body Image, and Genetics
  • Evaluating Diet Programs and Products
  • Eating Disorders
  • Developing a Wellness Approach to Body Size

Unit 5: Physical Fitness, Sports Nutrition, and Stress

  • Nutrient and Energy Pathways
  • Fitness and Physical Activity in Wellness
  • Athletic Performance and Nutritional Needs
  • Use of Diet Supplements and Ergogenic Aids in Sports
  • Body Response and Nutrition Changes in Stress

Unit 6: Life Cycle Nutrition

  • Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
  • Infants
  • Childhood
  • Adolescent
  • Adulthood
  • Frail Elderly

Additional Information

Course Length 12 Months
Prerequisites N/A
Course Materials No
Course Start Date

Courses Taught by a K12 Teacher

Courses with a teacher have designated start dates throughout Fall, Spring, and Summer. Full-year courses last 10 months and semester courses last 4 months. Courses are taught by teachers in K12 International Academy. For details on start dates, click here.

Teacher Assisted Yes, this course is taught by a K12 International Academy teacher. If you are looking for a teacher-supported option with additional flexibility and year-round start dates, click here to learn about the Keystone School, another K12 online private schooling option.
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Hardware and Browsers (Minimum Recommendations)

Windows OS

  • CPU: 1.8 GHz or faster processor (or equivalent)

  • RAM: 1GB of RAM

  • Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher, Mozilla Firefox 10.0 versions or higher, Chrome 17.0 or higher

  • At this time our users are encouraged not to upgrade to Windows 10 or Edge (the new browser)

 

Mac OS

  • CPU: PowerPC G4 1 GHz or faster processor; Intel Core Duo 1.83 GHz or faster processor

  • RAM: 1GB of RAM

  • Browser: Firefox 10.0 versions or higher, Chrome 17.0 or higher (Safari is not supported!)

Internet Connections

It is highly recommended that a broadband connection be used instead of dial up.