Nutrition in Childhood

Course code HLSC2240Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

The study of nutrition in childhood will focus on food and nutrition requirements, and nutrition education for children. The development of eating behaviours and barriers to change will also be studied. Students will be provided with the opportunity to integrate theory with skill based activities in workshops.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
1. Identify the role and significant food sources of nutrients essential to children.
2. State the nutritional requirements for growth and development in children.
3. Describe the key diet related health issues for Australian children
4. Identify the ways in which the school environment contributes to the development of eating behaviours in childhood.
5. Identify opportunities for modifications of the school environment to promote nutrition education and healthy eating in children.
ContentWeekly lectures/workshops will examine the following topics:
1. Introduction to basic prinicples of Nutrition and nutrients
2. Nutritional requirements for normal growth and development in children and adolescents
3. Use and interpretation of the Australian Dietary Guidelines and the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating for children and adolescents
4. Development of food and nutrition policies within health promoting schools
5. Nutrition and school performance
6. Overweight and obesity in childhood
7. Nutrition related health issues for Australian children and adolescents - Type 1 Diabetes
8. Nutrition related health issues for Australian children - food allergy
9. Eating disorders in children and adolescents
10. Sports Nutrition
11. Nutrition related health issues for Australian children - Cystic Fibrosis and other chronic conditions
12. Schools as a setting for Health Promotion - The Health Promoting Schools Approach, nutrition education within the school setting and canteen based nutrition interventions: Fresh Tastes @ School as well as other school based programs.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledgenil
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: On-lineOnline Examination
Essays / Written AssignmentsFood and Nutrition Assignment
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for HLSC2240