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Ch 2: Healthy Diet Planning

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Watch healthy diet planning video lessons and learn about hunger and appetite, health problems, diet guidelines and more. These lessons utilize engaging animations and fun graphics to bring healthy diet planning concepts to life.

Healthy Diet Planning - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Awareness of your nutritional needs, diet guidelines and health problems to watch out for are the focus of this chapter on planning a healthy diet. The nutrition experts who teach these lessons will provide you with the details on what constitutes a healthy eating plan and methods for creating a personalized plan. These lessons introduce factors that influence dietary choices and some of the major health problems affecting residents of the U.S. You'll get instructions on reading food labels and tips for changing dietary behaviors. A discussion on vegetarian and vegan diets is also included in this chapter.

At the end of this chapter you'll be familiar with:

  • Six accepted diet planning principles
  • Hunger and appetite
  • American diet characteristics and dietary guidelines
  • Calories
  • Nutrition label components

Video Objectives
Healthy Diet Planning Guidelines: Nutrients & Food Groups Describes methods for developing a healthy eating plan. Discusses MyPlate and examines critical nutrients.
How to Create a Healthy Eating Plan Shows you how to evaluate current food intake, determine nutrient needs and plan a diet. Introduces the six accepted diet planning principles and provides methods for tracking eating habits and making plan adjustments.
What Drives Us to Eat? - Influence of Hunger & Appetite Examines how the factors of hunger and appetite encourage us to eat.
Factors that Influence Dietary Choices: Gender, Culture & Other Issues Presents common factors that influence diet-related choices. Examines the relationships between gender and diet and culture and diet. Mentions other factors that impact choices about nutrition and health.
Major Health Problems in the United States Assesses the status of American health and identifies major health problems like obesity, heart disease and diabetes.
The American Diet: Characteristics, Food Habits & Guidelines Enumerates characteristics of American diets and discusses food habits that could be improved. Provides some dietary guidelines.
Determining Your Nutritional Needs Introduces key terms associated with determining nutritional needs. Explains how to use a tool that is based on your dietary reference intake.
Calories: Definition, Purpose & Total Count Provides a definition and explains the purpose of a calorie. Describes how weight and calorie content of energy-yielding nutrients are used to determine total calories of a food or diet. Shows you how to calculate percent of calories from fat.
How to Read Food Labels: Understanding Claims & Components Suggests methods for reading food labels. Details the components that make up the nutrition label and which health claims and descriptors can be included on a food label.
Making Healthy Nutritional Choices: Habits, Behaviors & Resources Gives tips on changing eating habits and improving dietary behaviors. Introduces you to the USDA MyPlate Plan, which you can use to make smart nutritional choices.
Vegetarian & Vegan Diets: Health Benefits & Lifestyle Effects Describes the elements that make up a vegetarian or vegan diet and discusses the associated health benefits. Summarizes important things to consider when adopting a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle.

11 Lessons in Chapter 2: Healthy Diet Planning
Healthy Diet Planning Guidelines: Nutrients & Food Groups

1. Healthy Diet Planning Guidelines: Nutrients & Food Groups

The USDA and Health and Human Services developed dietary guidelines for Americans that outline diet and lifestyle recommendations. Learn how these guidelines, along with the USDA food guides, can be used to help you develop a healthy eating plan in this video lesson.

How to Create a Healthy Eating Plan

2. How to Create a Healthy Eating Plan

Would you like to know what goes into creating a healthy eating plan? Learn how to evaluate your current food intake, find your nutritional needs, choose the right foods and assess your progress to create a plan that meets your nutritional needs.

What Drives Us to Eat? - Influence of Hunger & Appetite

3. What Drives Us to Eat? - Influence of Hunger & Appetite

Appetite and hunger involve the interaction of your brain and hormones, and they are further influenced by external cues. Learn about the role the hypothalamus, vagus nerve, leptin, ghrelin and neuropeptide Y play in driving your desire to eat.

Factors that Influence Dietary Choices: Gender, Culture & Other Issues

4. Factors that Influence Dietary Choices: Gender, Culture & Other Issues

You are a unique person and therefore, the dietary choices you make should be well-suited to who you are and what you do. The factors that influence these choices will be the focus of this lesson.

Major Health Problems in the United States

5. Major Health Problems in the United States

Ever wonder what the most common health-related problems are in the United States? You're about to find out what they are and how some of them are related.

The American Diet: Characteristics, Food Habits & Guidelines

6. The American Diet: Characteristics, Food Habits & Guidelines

The American diet is characterized by a calorie imbalance, a high consumption of nutrient-poor foods and a low consumption of nutrient-dense foods. Learn about the food habits of Americans and the dietary guidelines designed to improve your health in this video lesson.

Determining Your Nutritional Needs

7. Determining Your Nutritional Needs

This lesson will teach you about important terms involved in determining your nutritional needs, as well as about a tool that can help you use the latest nutritional science to figure these things out.

Calories: Definition, Purpose & Total Count

8. Calories: Definition, Purpose & Total Count

A calorie is a unit of measurement used to express energy. There are three nutrients that provide the body with calories: carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Learn about these macronutrients and recommendations for total energy intake: EER and AMDRs.

How to Read Food Labels: Understanding Claims & Components

9. How to Read Food Labels: Understanding Claims & Components

The nutritional facts label provides information about the nutrient content of a food item. Learn about the components found on the label, as well as additional nutrient content claims and health claims that food manufacturers can add to packaging in this lesson.

Making Healthy Nutritional Choices: Habits, Behaviors & Resources

10. Making Healthy Nutritional Choices: Habits, Behaviors & Resources

This lesson will help you see how easy it is to track what you eat and change your diet for the better. It will also provide you with additional information on where a wealth of information on healthy nutrition can be found.

Vegetarian & Vegan Diets: Health Benefits & Lifestyle Effects

11. Vegetarian & Vegan Diets: Health Benefits & Lifestyle Effects

A vegan diet is a diet made up of only plant-based foods while a vegetarian diet may allow limited animal products. Learn about the health benefits and lifestyle effects of these diets, including a reduced risk of obesity and chronic diseases.

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