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Nutrition, Health, and Lifestyle: Issues and Insights

Vanderbilt University via Coursera

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Separate fact from fiction and fads as you learn about core nutrition concepts and how to evaluate not only personal food choices and overall dietary patterns, but nutrition related content in the media and in advertising. Such topics include fundamentals of a healthful eating pattern, nutrition labeling, dietary supplements, fortified and “super” foods, plant-based nutrition, and nutrition and fitness. The course will also include an overview of nutrition fundamentals as they relate to human health.

During this course you will have the opportunity to:

  • Analyze and evaluate your own food and beverage intake using a recommended online or cell phone app nutrient database.
  • Research of a dietary supplement of your choosing using credible informational websites as well as evidence-based medical literature.
  • Personally examine the concept of energy balance through determination of your calorie needs, intake and expenditure.


Week One: Just What is a Healthy Diet? A Balancing Act

Week Two: Nutrition Labeling: Facts, Claims, and Challenges

Week Three: Dietary Supplements: Evaluating the Evidence

Week Four: Functional and “Super” Foods: Their Role in Optimal Nutrition

Week Five: Plant-based Nutrition: Controversies and Considerations

Week Six: Nutrition and Fitness: Facts, Food, and Fuel

Week Seven:  Food Allergies and Intolerances:  Separating Fact from Fiction


Taught by

Jamie Pope


3.8 rating, based on 5 Class Central reviews

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  • Pete Olds completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    More people should do this course. It's basic, science driven principles applied to everyday nutrition.

    Nutrition isn't really an interest of mine, but it is basic knowledge, and this well presented course gave the information in an easily understandable way. I think it is an investment of time that was well worth the knowledge (and has, for me at least, resulted in direct improvement in my own health).
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