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Food, Nutrition & Your Health

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Ever wondered what really makes a healthy diet? In Food, Nutrition & Your Health you will learn the basic concepts of nutrition, as well as how to follow a diet that will protect you from various health problems.

Starting with the building blocks of basic nutrition, you will learn how these can impact your digestion, energy and health. Find out how eating disorders develop, including the genetic, cultural and psychological factors involved. Finally, you will learn about various diets, including the social and biological factors that have contributed to their evolution.

What will I learn?
  • An outline of the chemistry of the basic nutrients, how they are ingested, digested, absorbed and finally egested
  • Various ethnic and geographic factors relating to diet
  • What metabolism is and how food is utilised to build up body tissues
  • How the body is affected by:
    • Under-nutrition
    • Over-nutrition
    • Obesity, and how it contributes to morbidity and mortality
  • The biological and psychological factors responsible for abnormal eating patterns
  • The characteristics of anorexia and bulimia
  • The various other eating disorders commonly observed
  • The underlying nutritional fallacies of some of the fad diets
  • An understanding of why some diets are good and what the nutritional and health benefits of these are
  • How to construct a healthful menu

This course requires approximately 2 - 4 hours of study per week, but can vary depending on the student. This includes watching videos, and taking quizzes and assessments.

If you pass this course you'll receive a Certificate of Achievement. While this certificate isn't a formal qualification or credit, you can use it to demonstrate your interest in learning about this area to potential employers or educational institutions.

Where could this lead me?

If you're wondering what your future could look like in this area, here are some potential careers you could head towards.

  • Dietitian
  • Food service manager
  • Medical nutritional therapist
  • Nutritionist
  • Workplace health adviser
  • Community health adviser
  • Health program manager
  • Health promotion practitioner
  • Public health nutrition policy adviser
  • Allied health assistant
  • Food service professional
  • Dietary assistant
  • Nutrition assistant



Taught by

Dr. Nicholas Vardaxis


4.1 rating, based on 20 Class Central reviews

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  • The course was interesting, though it had a bit too pathologising attitude towards obesity. I wished there was more information about how the absorption of various nutrients interacts with each other, instead of spending many videos on listing all the parts of the digestive system, which is a lot less relevant to most people's dietary decisions than the former.
  • Kishan Vasekar
    Very well structured and interesting.I took 2 sessions on very first day and found exciting.Discussed with my husband ,Doctor daughter and they appreciated the way I spoke.Thanks
  • I enjoyed taking this course, although it was a little too basic for me, it was very useful to go over this material one more time.
  • MD
    I enjoyed studying this course. The lecturer Dr Vardaxis explained really well. Found it very informative, interesting and eye-opening. .Thank you
  • Anonymous
    Food Nutrition ad your Health was an excellent course. If you want to understand food plays an enormous role in maintaining your physical and emotional health, I recommend you enroll in this course. The professor who teaches this course put together an awesome course.
  • Anonymous
    Finding this course very technical but interesting, at the moment have just finished module one, so am interested to see what we learn in the next one, cheers everyone and good luck
  • I am new to this course. I hope it will be useful to me.
    Open2study gave good opportunity to learn such good course on line free.
    It will prove to be useful in protecting a good environment.


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    my course is about nutrition some plants relashinship with my health so i want to learn more about critical information .
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