Nutrition - VLACS
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Estimated Completion Time

1 segment/16-18 weeks


This course takes students through a comprehensive study of nutritional principles and guidelines. Students will learn about world-wide views of nutrition, nutrient requirements, physiological processes, food labeling, healthy weight management, diet related diseases, food handling, nutrition for different populations, and more. Students will gain important knowledge and skills to aid them in attaining and maintaining a healthy and nutritious lifestyle.

Major Topics and Concepts

Unit 1: Nutrition Basics

  • 1.1 Nutrition & Health
  • 1.2 Diet & Digestion

Unit 2: Energy Nutrients

  • 2.1 Carbohydrates
  • 2.2 Protein
  • 2.3 Fats

Unit 3: Non-Energy Nutrients

  • 3.1 Water & Vitamins
  • 3.2 Minerals & Supplements

Unit 4: Energy Balance

  • 4.1 Weight Management
  • 4.2 Healthy Choices
  • 4.3 Nutrition & Fitness

Unit 5: Disorders & Diseases

  • 5.1 Eating Disorders, Allergies, & Alcohol
  • 5.2 Nutrition Related Diseases

Unit 6: Consumer Nutrition

  • 6.1 Consumer Nutrition
  • 6.2 Food Preparation

Unit 7: Nutrition for Life

  • 7.1 Nutrition Across a Lifespan

Credits .5


  • Diseases and Disorders/Nutrients
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the relationships among nutrition, physiology and health by analyzing nutritional practices that reduce risks of diseases and disorders and promote health.
  • Energy and Non-Energy Nutrients
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of energy and non-energy supplying nutrients by analyzing the impact of nutrients on overall health throughout an individual's life span.
  • Making Informed Nutritional Decisions
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of how consumers can make informed nutritional decisions by analyzing valid information that optimizes food choices and healthy preparation to enhance personal nutrition and health outcome goals.
  • Nutrition and Nutritional Balance
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of nutrition and nutritional balance by creating nutritional plans based on desired goals.



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