Online Class: Nutrition 201 — A Closer Look

This course on nutrition provides and in-depth study of healthy living, food, and supportive science.

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Course Description

Nutrition is the science of food. This science combines chemistry, biology, medicine and even a bit of psychology into an attempt to understand how the body breaks down food (catabolism), uses food energy to make and repair cells (anabolism) and keep your body running on a daily basis (metabolism). Food science is always changing and evolving, and many of the basic questions about nutrition still remain unanswered. For example: what is the exactly correct proportion of food to eat each day? Why do some people struggle with weight while others don't? What is the best diet for disease prevention, health and athletic performance?

This course will investigate the answers to some of these questions. It will also look at popular trends like protein powders and fad diets. It will explain how your body uses food, and which types of food serve which purpose. It will help you understand why we need to eat a wide variety of foods, especially fruits and vegetables. Nutritional science continues to advance, a few themes emerge over and over again: eating a wide variety of brightly colored fruits and vegetables in a state as close to natural as possible, and eating several small portions of food at regular intervals throughout the day (as opposed to two or three large meals) tends to promote athletic performance, disease prevention, weight management and overall well-being.

  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video  
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
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Lesson 1. Introduction

Introduction and review of information on the foundations of the Human Body (includes current findings). Additional lesson topics: Information about Macronutrients; Super foods everyone needs 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2. Digestion and Absorption

The process of breaking food down into usable components is called digestion, and it starts as soon foods or liquids enter your mouth. Additional lesson topics: How the digestive process works video demonstration 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3. Carbohydrates

To understand nutrition, what your body needs, and how to stay within a healthy weight, it helps to understand what your food is made of. Additional lesson topics: Good Carbs, Bad Carbs: Why Carbohydrates Matter to You; Examples of Food With Simple and Complex Carbohydrates 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4. Lipids

Lipids are fats, and they provide the body with nine calories per gram, making them the most energy rich component of food. Additional lesson topics: The Four Types Of Fat and 8211; Sorting Out the Confusion of Dietary Fats 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5. Proteins and Amino Acids

Next to water, protein makes up the largest proportion of your body, and you can find it in every single cell, from your hair and facial muscles to your toenails. Additional lesson topics: Protein Function; Several Types of Protein 29 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6. Fluids Including Alcohol

You could live for weeks without food, but only days without any water. Additional lesson topics: The Consequences of a lack of Water 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7. Metabolism, Energy Balance, and Body Weight

Metabolism is the combination of catabolism (breaking down food into usable energy) and anabolism (making and repairing cells). Additional lesson topics: Physical Activity Calorie Calculator; BMI Calculator; Daily Caloric Needs Estimate Calculator 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8. Nutrition and Exercise

If you really want to perform better as an athlete (or to lose weight), take a close look at everything you eat and ask what it is bringing to the nutritional table. Additional lesson topics: Nutrition: Food as Fuel; It's Time for a New Relationship With Food 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9. Fat Soluble Vitamins

Vitamins either dissolve in water or in oil, not in both. If a vitamin can only dissolve in fats, it is considered fat-soluble. Additional lesson topics: A List of Fat-Soluble Vitamins 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10. Water-Soluble Vitamins

The water-soluble vitamins are able to dissolve in water, so they can travel freely through the bloodstream. Additional lesson topics: Highest fruit contains Vitamin C; The ABCD's of Vitamins; Vitamins Video lecture ; Fat and Water Soluble Vitamins Explained 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11. Major Minerals

Minerals help your muscles, bones, heart, and hormones function properly. Additional lesson topics: Major Minerals Flashcards 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 11 Exam

Lesson 12. Disease and Diet

Including malnourishment and vitamin deficiencies, nutrition plays a key role in health maintenance and the management of a wide scope of health conditions. Additional lesson topics: Disease Prevention Through Diet and Nutrition 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 12 Exam

Lesson 13. Eating Disorders

Women are more likely than men to suffer from eating disorders like anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating, but these conditions can affect anyone. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 13 Exam

Lesson 14. Nutrition for Different Life Stages

Although some nutritional principles stay the same throughout life (eat small amounts several times a day, and enjoy a variety of fruits and vegetables), certain phases of life require different nutritional priorities. 66 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Your Opinion Matters: Course Rating; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 14 Exam
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe digestion and absorption.
  • Summarize carbohydrates, lipids, protein and amino acids and their critical roles in nutrition and diet.
  • Summarize metabolism, energy balance, and body weight requirements and needs and their relationship to proper nutrition and health.
  • Identify healthy living and how it relates to nutrition and exercise.
  • Fat Soluble Vitamins
  • Describe and recognize water-soluble vitamins and major minerals.
  • Describe eating disorders.
  • Describe nutritional needs for different life stages.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Nutrition 201: A Closer Look
Course Number: 8900181
Lessons Rating: 4.7 / 5 Stars (988 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Texas.
Last Updated: January 2022
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 1.2 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $95.00 U.S. dollars

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