In this course we examine the troubled state of health in America, identify how scientific theories take shape, as well as consider reductionist and “wholistic” perspectives in nutrition. You will be introduced to basic nutrition concepts and discover how food policy and politics affect our diet and health choices. You will also gain an understanding of how the changes in food production have impacted our environment. We provide an overview of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and explore nutrition as a “symphony” of interactions rather than the result of individual nutrients or mechanisms.

This course includes:

  • Eleven activities
  • Five quizzes
  • One required discussion
  • Two optional discussions
  • One video transcript file
  • Readings

Completing all of the coursework should take about ten to twelve hours.

What You’ll Learn

  • How optimal nutrition can influence the development, maintenance and restoration of health
  • What paradigms are, their role in defining our world views, and what consequences they may have in science
  • The impact of food production on our environment
  • The effect of industry and government on public policy and our individual food choices
  • The basics of macronutrients: protein, fat, and carbohydrates
  • Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s eight principles of nutritional health

In this course, we begin with an overview of the China Project, the most comprehensive study of diet, lifestyle, and disease ever undertaken. We then take a closer look at of some of the most prominent chronic diseases and conditions (cancer, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes) and how you can improve your health with optimal nutrition. You will become familiar with the scientific research results indicating how diet can reduce the risk of and even reverse the progression of these diseases.

This course includes

  • Three activities
  • Four quizzes
  • Three required discussions
  • One video transcript file
  • Readings

What you’ll Learn

  • The basic design and methodology of the China Project
  • How cancer begins and how it progresses
  • The basic role of nutrition, genetics, and chemicals in the development of cancer
  • The pathology of the heart, how heart disease develops and what factors such as nutrition are key to its treatment
  • Impact of whole food plant-based diets on weight loss and diabetes

In this course, you’ll discover the tools available to support personal behavior changes to implement a whole food plant-based lifestyle. We’ll go beyond the simple similarities and differences between “healthy” diet plans so you can understand how to implement the optimal plan for your health and life, providing a wealth of applicable tips for individual, pregnancy, and family needs.

This course includes

  • Seven activities
  • One quiz
  • Two required discussions
  • One optional discussion
  • One video transcript file
  • Readings

What you’ll learn

  • Compare the different available “healthy” diet plans and dietary patterns that affect our food choices
  • Explain the importance of healthy eating practices from pregnancy to birth, breastfeeding, and beyond
  • Discuss common topics of concern to athletes including supplements, protein consumption, and enhancing performance
  • Demonstrate practical skills including assessing your kitchen, grocery shopping, label reading, dining out and more