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Ch 20: Fundamentals of Nutrition & Wellness

About This Chapter

Watch fun video lessons in this chapter to better understand the fundamentals of nutrition and wellness. If you're preparing for a test, our short quizzes and practice exam can ensure you have the knowledge needed to excel.

Fundamentals of Nutrition & Wellness - Chapter Summary

Studying the fundamentals of nutrition and wellness is simple using this chapter's entertaining lessons. Created by top instructors, these lessons closely examine how to make healthy nutritional choices, the benefits of regular physical activity, healthy diet planning guidelines and much more. After finishing this chapter, you will be ready to:

  • Define and discuss the dimensions of health and wellness
  • Provide the definition of nutrition and list the 6 nutrients the body needs
  • Identify and discuss the 3 energy-yielding nutrients
  • Differentiate between organic and inorganic nutrients
  • Share the definition and importance of carbohydrates
  • Describe the function and structure of lipids
  • List and describe foods that are sources of lipids
  • Discuss primary functions, food sources and recommended intakes of protein

All the lessons in this chapter are accessible as short videos that average 8 minutes each and written transcripts you can read online or print. Examine the lessons using one or both formats, and ensure you fully understand their contents by taking the accompanying quizzes. If you develop questions about topics covered in the lessons, feel free to submit them to our subject-matter experts. Our practice exam can gauge your overall knowledge of this chapter before taking your test.

13 Lessons in Chapter 20: Fundamentals of Nutrition & Wellness
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Health & Wellness: Definition and Dimensions

1. Health & Wellness: Definition and Dimensions

It's important to be happy and healthy! This lesson will contrast between health and wellness as well as what the different dimension of wellness are and how they interact.

The Benefits of Regular Physical Activity: Mental Health, Stress & Life Span

2. The Benefits of Regular Physical Activity: Mental Health, Stress & Life Span

The mind and body can greatly benefit from even 30 minutes of exercise a day. Find out exactly what impact regular exercise can have on your mind, body, and lifespan in this video lesson.

What is Nutrition?

3. What is Nutrition?

Nutrition is the process of taking in nutrients from the foods you eat. Learn about the six nutrients needed for energy, maintenance of tissues and regulation of bodily processes: carbohydrates, fats, proteins, water, vitamins and minerals.

Making Healthy Nutritional Choices: Habits, Behaviors & Resources

4. 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.

Healthy Diet Planning Guidelines: Nutrients & Food Groups

5. 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.

Energy-Yielding Nutrients: Carbohydrates, Fat & Protein

6. Energy-Yielding Nutrients: Carbohydrates, Fat & Protein

Carbohydrates, fats and proteins are referred to as the three energy-yielding nutrients because they provide your body with energy that is measured in calories. You'll also learn about another substance that can provide your body with calories, even though it is not a nutrient.

Organic vs Inorganic Nutrients: Differences & Importance

7. Organic vs Inorganic Nutrients: Differences & Importance

The presence or absence of carbon is what differentiates organic nutrients from inorganic nutrients. Carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and vitamins have carbon in their structure, making them organic. Water and minerals do not, so they are inorganic.

What Are Carbohydrates? - Sources & Intake Guidelines

8. What Are Carbohydrates? - Sources & Intake Guidelines

Do you know which foods contain carbohydrates? Learn sources of both simple and complex carbohydrates, as well as how many carbs you should consume each day to stay healthy and avoid disease, in this lesson.

The Importance of Carbohydrates: Functions & Impact of Deficiency

9. The Importance of Carbohydrates: Functions & Impact of Deficiency

The main function of carbohydrates is to provide the body and brain with energy. An adequate intake of carbs also spares proteins and helps with fat metabolism. Learn about the roles carbohydrates play and what happens when you don't get enough of them.

Structure and Function of Lipids

10. Structure and Function of Lipids

Molecules called lipids have long hydrocarbon chains that determine the way they act. They can be fats, oils, or hormones, and even exist in our cell membranes. Learn more about the chemical structure and biological function of various lipids in this lesson.

Foods That Are Sources of Lipids

11. Foods That Are Sources of Lipids

Fats add flavor to the foods you love. Yet, eating too many unhealthy fats, such as saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol, can lead to health problems. Learn which foods contain these unhealthy fats and which ones contain fats that promote health in this lesson.

Primary Functions of Protein in the Body

12. Primary Functions of Protein in the Body

Protein is a vital molecule that carries out many functions in your body. Learn how proteins provide structure, regulate body processes, transport materials throughout your body, help your immune system and act as a source of energy.

Proteins: Food Sources & Recommended Intakes

13. Proteins: Food Sources & Recommended Intakes

Do you know which foods provide the best source for protein? Learn about both animal-based and plant-based foods that contain protein in this lesson. It will also show you how much protein you should consume each day to stay healthy and avoid disease.

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