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Fundamental Principles of Nutrition - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, our instructors review how diet and exercise affect health and chronic conditions. You will be introduced to ways of assessing your nutrition, and learn about the relationship between diet and health. This chapter will discuss how the food choices you make can help you avoid getting sick.
You will also learn about how the scientific method is used in the study of nutrition. As you progress through this chapter, you can find out how scientists create experiments that produce measurable results concerning nutrition. You'll learn about the risks and benefits that come from following popular nutrition advice and how to locate reliable information about nutrition topics. After completing this chapter you should be able to:
- Describe how your eating habits and exercise patterns affect your health
- Discuss the relationship between diet and chronic health conditions
- Explain how to assess the adequacy of your diet
- Recognize what is a reliable source of information about nutrition and diet
- Understand the risks and benefits of following popular nutrition and diet advice
- Define the uses of experimental design in nutrition research
All of these topics are taught by the use of short, engaging video lessons that capture your interest. Each video lesson is taught by an expert in the field. To go along with it, you'll find self-assessment quizzes and lesson transcripts. In addition, we provide video tags that route you to the exact place in a video lesson you wish to review.
1. How Diet and Exercise Affect Health and Chronic Conditions
Here we will discuss how the elements of diet and exercise can reduce the risk or the severity of a chronic condition or disease. We look specifically at diet and how it can be great, good, okay or terrible. Exercise can be excessive, incorrect, correct or absent.
2. Assessing Your Nutrition, Diet & Health: How to Avoid Disease
A nutritional assessment is used to determine the nutritional status of a person or group of people. Learn about the ABCDs of nutritional assessment: anthropometric assessment, biochemical assessment, clinical assessment and dietary assessment.
3. How to Find Sources of Reliable Nutrition Information
There is a lot of nutritional information available through the Internet and other media outlets, so how do you find reliable sources of nutritional information? Follow along to find out and learn how to protect yourself from false claims.
4. Nutritional Myths, Facts, Risks & Benefits
Have you heard about the latest supplement craze that will cure you of something? Is it worth taking? This lesson will talk about the benefits, risks, myths, and facts surrounding dietary supplements.
5. Using the Scientific Method in the Nutrition Field
The scientific method is a systematic process that scientists follow to provide reliable nutritional advice to the public. Learn how a hypothesis is formulated and how this leads to the creation of a theory, as well as what makes a study reliable, in this lesson.
6. Experimental Design in Science: Definition & Method
What are the requirements of a scientific experiment? How do scientists turn hypotheses into theories and laws? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this lesson on the design of scientific experiments.
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