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:

  • Seven activities
  • Three quizzes
  • One required discussion
  • Two optional discussions
  • Downloadable transcripts
  • Readings

What You’ll Learn

  • How optimal nutrition can influence the development, maintenance and restoration of health
  • How paradigms shape world-views and impact science
  • The impact of food production on the environment
  • The effect of industry and government on public policy and individual food choices
  • The basics of macronutrients: proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates
  • Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s eight principles of nutritional health

In this course, we are introduced to the China Project, the most comprehensive study of diet, lifestyle, and disease ever undertaken. We take a closer look at how diet is a major contributor to some of the leading causes of chronic disease and death worldwide including coronary heart disease, diabetes, obesity and cancer. Lastly, we examine the scientific research indicating how a whole food, plant-based lifestyle can reduce the risk of and even reverse these chronic diseases. This course includes:

  • One activity
  • Four quizzes
  • Three required discussions
  • Downloadable transcripts
  • Readings

What You’ll Learn

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

In this course we discuss the tools available to support personal behavior change in implementing a whole food, plant-based lifestyle. We will discuss a variety of popular diets and how they compare to a whole food, plant-based lifestyle. We then present how this lifestyle is an important factor for raising a healthy family—from pregnancy to birth and beyond. We will also address common concerns of athletes and dispel myths about supplementation and protein consumption. Finally, we will provide you with tips and resources to make lasting changes to your diet. In completing this course, you will have the knowledge you need to take control of your own health and help those you care for do the same. This course includes:

  • Six activities
  • One quiz
  • Two required discussions
  • Downloadable transcript
  • Readings

What You’ll Learn

  • The pros and cons of different diet plans
  • The importance of optimal nutrition for maternal, child and adolescent health
  • How diet can improve athletic performance
  • Practical skills to help you assess your kitchen, shop for groceries, dine out and prepare healthy, plant-based meals