Ch 13: Principles of Nutritional Health

About This Chapter

These video lessons provide you with a comprehensive overview of important nutritional principles. You'll learn about the composition of a healthy diet and the various factors that influence peoples' dietary choices.

Principles of Nutritional Health - Chapter Summary

In this course, our instructors explain the six nutrients that are required for energy, tissue maintenance, and regulation of bodily processes. You'll learn about USDA food guidelines and nutritional daily value requirements. These lessons teach you how to read food labels and evaluate the claims made by food manufacturers.

You will be introduced to vitamins and minerals and their important role during pregnancy. You'll find out the distinction between overweight and obesity and the risk factors for both. As you continue in the chapter, you'll learn about the role that diet and exercise play in reducing the risk of chronic illness and disease. You'll analyze the various factors that affect nutritional status and dietary habits. After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • List the nutrients needed by the body for health
  • Explain the USDA food guidelines for Americans and why they are important
  • Describe nutritional terms and their uses
  • Understand how the risk of developing chronic conditions and illnesses can be reduced with diet and exercise
  • Read food labels and make sense of the claims made by food manufacturers
  • Explore various social, psychological, cultural, and familial factors that play a role in diet and nutritional status

The lessons will be taught via short, informative, and fun videos that come with self-assessment quizzes and lesson transcripts to aid your complete understanding. All of these learning tools have been designed and developed by experts in the field. The lessons will also present you with important key terms you need to know, and video tags connected to specific places in the videos you may wish to review.

8 Lessons in Chapter 13: Principles of Nutritional Health
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What is Nutrition?

1. 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.

Healthy Diet Planning Guidelines: Nutrients & Food Groups

2. 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.

Determining Your Nutritional Needs

3. 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.

Prenatal Care: Vitamins and Minerals

4. Prenatal Care: Vitamins and Minerals

We all know that nutrition is important, and part of nutrition is getting enough vitamins and minerals. But how does that change when a woman gets pregnant? Learn about some of the vitamins and minerals that are essential during pregnancy.

The Issue of Weight Management: Obesity, Risks & Weight Problems

5. The Issue of Weight Management: Obesity, Risks & Weight Problems

Being overweight or obese are two conditions that have similarities in the problems they may cause, but they aren't precisely the same. This lesson will point out the differences and the unfortunate similarities between the two.

How Diet and Exercise Affect Health and Chronic Conditions

6. 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.

How to Read Food Labels: Understanding Claims & Components

7. 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.

Factors That Affect Dietary Habits & Nutritional Status

8. Factors That Affect Dietary Habits & Nutritional Status

Do you know why you eat what you eat? Can you name the factors that have led you to like what you like? This lesson outlines many of the factors that affect our dietary habits and, in some cases, our nutritional status.

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