In this course we examine the troubled state of health in America, identify how scientific theories take shape, and differentiate between reductionist and “wholistic” perspectives in nutrition. You will be introduced to basic nutrition concepts and discover how food policy and politics affect diet and health choices. You will also learn how industrial food production impacts the environment. Lastly, you’ll examine evidence-based principles on the benefits of a whole food, plant-based diet and consider nutrition from an expanded perspective: That is, nutrition as a symphony of complex interactions, rather than the result of individual nutrients and mechanisms. This course includes:

  • Nine activities
  • Three quizzes
  • One required discussion
  • Two optional discussions
  • Downloadable transcript
  • Readings

In this course we are introduced to the China Project, the most comprehensive study of diet, lifestyle, and disease ever conducted. We take a closer look at diet's crucial link to chronic diseases worldwide, including coronary heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer. Lastly, we investigate the scientific evidence supporting a whole food, plant-based diet's ability to prevent and even reverse these chronic diseases.

The following course is required to be completed before taking this course:

  • Nutrition and Society

In this course, we focus on personal behavior and the tools that support positive lifestyle change. We analyze several popular diets and compare them to a whole food, plant-based diet. We then discuss the practical application of this lifestyle, including its role in raising a healthy family, improving athletic performance, and ensuring a lasting change. Much of this application includes dispelling popular myths—that children require dairy, that athletes require supplementation, etc. By the end of this course, you will have the knowledge and confidence to take control of your health and help others do the same.

The following course is required to be completed before taking this course:

  • Nutrition and Society
  • Diseases of Affluence

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