Biology of Nutrition for Teachers

In this online course, students will earn 3 units of graduate credit while exploring topics related to nutrition presented in the context of human biology. Topics of study include the biochemistry of nutrition, digestion, absorption, and metabolism of nutrients. Students will learn the nutritional, metabolic, and physiological significance of the digestion of carbohydrates, proteins, amino acids, lipids, vitamins, major minerals, trace elements, and non-nutrient substances. As this is a course designed for practicing teachers, content and application of content will be embedded into the curriculum.  We will use a variety of resources to study the relation ship between nutrition and cardiovascular disease, diabetes, weight and obesity, and long-term healthy issues such as osteoporosis. We will investigate resources that will allow teachers and students to learn how examine and analyze the biochemistry of digestion, nutrition facts on food labels, and making healthy choices related to dietary management. Students in this class will also make extensive use of the web site developed by the United States Department of Agriculture to develop a greater understanding of the new food pyramid and how to help students use this site and the USDA guidelines to make choices that will lead to a healthier diet. Texts include: Michael Pollan's  “In Defense of Food: An Eaters Manifesto” and “The Omnivore's Dilemma for Kids: The Secrets Behind What You Eat” which may be purchased new or used from Amazon.com in hardback or paperback. Instructor: Laurie Cale

Schedule
There will be weekly assignments due.

Cost
$2,000; courtesy of a grant from Science Foundation Arizona, a limited number of in-service Arizona middle and high school science teachers will receive a $1,200 scholarship towards the cost of the class.

For More Information
Ellie Warder
Program Coordinator
520-621-5903

Related Website
Biology of Nutrition for Teachers (BIOC 651)