Fast facts Starts 12 April, 2017
Duration

6 weeks

Effort

2-3 hours per week

Cost

FREE - Add a verified certificate for US$49

Subject

Food and Nutrition

Level

Introductory

About this course

Arm yourself with the knowledge and tools to make healthy eating decisions as you learn the science behind weight loss and dispel diet and nutrition myths.

Whether you are trying to lose weight yourself, or are supporting others, this food and nutrition course will dispel common myths about weight loss and teach you the science behind healthy eating for a healthy weight.

This course is not a diet plan – there are plenty of diet plans out there to choose from. Rather, we will take you through the science behind weight loss and arm you with the knowledge and tools to make the right decisions.

Based on the latest research, you’ll learn to develop a healthy eating plan to achieve a healthy weight. You’ll also discover more about the definition of a healthy weight, the nutritional composition of foods, how to cut calories or kilojoules, proper portion sizes, and how to identify and avoid fad diets.

What you'll learn

  • Key weight management concepts including measuring body composition, calories and kilojoules, energy density, portion size, and metabolic rate
  • The nutritional composition of different foods
  • How to use dietary assessment tools and calculate energy requirements
  • How to identify features of fad diets and healthy diets
  • Key behaviours for successful long term maintenance of lost weight

Course syllabus

  • Topic 1. Assessing weight status and setting weight loss goals
  • Topic 2. Dietary guidelines and introduction to energy
  • Topic 3. Macronutrients and portion control
  • Topic 4. Dietary assessment and food and exercise tracking
  • Topic 5. Fad diets and risks of rapid weight loss
  • Topic 6. Self-reflection and key strategies for successful weight loss maintenance

Meet the instructors

Professor Clare Collins

Professor Clare Collins

Clare is a Professor in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Newcastle in Australia. She loves nutrition and does a lot of research related to healthy eating to improve health and well-being. She has published over 250 research papers and supervised lots of budding researchers and research studies.

Clare currently leads a really big team of dietician researchers who have a major focus on using smart technologies for the assessment of dietary intake and evaluation of nutrition interventions in key life stages and chronic health conditions.

Associate Professor Tracy Burrows

Associate Professor Tracy Burrows

Tracy is an Associate Professor in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Newcastle in Australia. She is highly passionate about all things food, food behaviours, and communicating high quality, evidence-based information about diet and nutrition.

Tracy has published over 80 research papers and is involved in all aspects of teaching; from undergraduate through to postgraduate, where she supervises a variety of students.


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