In this course, we will
learn about the concepts and controversies of human nutrition. We will also
discuss the health consequences of improper nutrition, as well as the benefits
of healthy eating and regular physical activity. For your Final Project,
you will use the knowledge you have gained in this course to prepare an action
plan for your personal dietary habits in a blog format.
Your Final Project should address the following
- Discuss the connection between nutrition
and disease. Be sure to include information on chronic diseases, as well
as malnutrition and other leading causes of death.
- Describe the characteristics of a healthy
diet and the challenges associated with choosing the right foods.
- Describe the factors (e.g., social,
psychological, philosophical, and physical) that drive our food choices.
- Identify the names, functions, and sources
of essential macro- and micronutrients.
- Explain the digestion, absorption, and
metabolism of the macronutrients (carbohydrate, protein, and fat). Make
sure to identify the parts of the body involved in these processes.
- Describe the role of diet in preventing
underweight, overweight, and obesity.
- Discuss the nutritional requirements across
the lifespan – from pregnancy to childhood, and from adolescence to
- Create a personal diet modification plan by
analyzing your personal diet in terms of nutritional strengths and
weaknesses and discussing the changes you plan to make in your own life to
better meet the dietary guidelines.
The summative assignment should
build upon the concepts learned in Weeks One through Five. The student should
utilize a minimum of three scholarly sources in addition to the required course
materials, cited according to APA style.
You must use a minimum of three
different scholarly sources (your course text and at least two additional
sources) for this project; however, you may cite these sources in more than one
blog post for a total of six citations. The APA formatted citation used
for each post must be listed at the end of the blog post. Additionally,
you should enhance each post with images, webpage links, recipe links,
etc… Each post must include at least one of these
elements. You must have six separate blog entries
total. Here are two articles that give examples of how to write good
blogs: Nine Signs of an Effective Blog Post and Effective Blog Design Tips for
Creating the Final Project
Select one of the following options:
Option A – Blogger
For this option, you will be
using Blogger to create your
blog. Review the Blogger instructions to
help you with set up. Please note that you will be asked to sign up for Blogger
and that your work will be published to the web if you use this option, however
you are able to limit readability by changing the privacy settings. If
you change your privacy settings, this means only the people you share your
blog URL with can read your posts.
Submit a one page title page with
the following to Waypoint for grading:
- URL (example: ashford.blogspot.com)
- Instructor Name
Option B – Paper blog
Those who do not wish to sign up for
Blogger may create and submit their blog entries in a Microsoft Word document.
Submit a title page as outlined below along with the rest of your blog entries
in one document to Waypoint for grading. Each post should start on a new
page and contain an appropriate title. No reference page is needed since each
reference will be listed within the blog entry. You are still able to
include images, webpage URLs, etc… with this medium (using the “Insert >
Picture” or “Insert>Hyperlink” functions of Microsoft Word).