Nutrition & Wellness

Course Overview

Units at a glance

Food is the fuel for your body, and you need to pick the right kind of fuel for your body to run its best. In this unit, you will learn how to calculate your nutritional needs, including calories and how many servings you need of different types of foods. You’ll have the opportunity to think about what you eat and what you should eat to feel your best. You’ll also learn a little about physical activity. Physical activity forms a key component of overall wellness and is an essential addition to a lifelong plan to be strong, fit, and healthy. With a smart plan for nutrition and wellness, you won’t be running on empty.

There are many different ideas about nutrition and wellness. How do you know what’s right? It’s all about the science of nutrition and wellness. In this unit, you will learn how scientists study nutrition and wellness, and why it matters to you. You’ll learn about the health issues connected to nutrition and wellness, and what we know about improving health through nutrition and physical activity. And you’ll learn about the body mass index, metabolic rates, and how you can use technology to make smarter nutritional choices. This information will make you better able to make good choices for yourself, whether you’re in gym class, the cafeteria line, or sitting at home on a Saturday afternoon.

Happy, content, fulfilled. These words are all used to describe an overall sense of well-being, or wellness, throughout your life. In this unit, you will learn about the aspects of wellness. Wellness isn’t confined to good nutrition and exercise. It includes how you feel, how you relate to other people, whom you interact with, where you work, and much more. Each aspect of wellness is important for you to live a happy and fulfilling life. Wellness can be divided into eight separate areas, or dimensions. You’ll learn what each of these dimensions are and how you can change your behavior to improve that dimension of wellness.

Look down the aisles of your grocery store. How do you know what to buy? How do you know if you’re getting a good value for your money when you shop? In this unit, you’ll learn about budgeting for food, shopping strategies, and meal planning. With these skills, you can keep your spending down and eat healthy and delicious meals. You’ll also reduce food waste and save yourself time and energy!

The kitchen is home to more potential dangers than any other room of your house. Cuts, falls, food poisoning—the kitchen can create all sorts of problems if you’re not careful. Learning how to manage and prevent those dangers is an essential part of becoming a good and safe cook to feed yourself and others. In this unit, you’ll learn how to keep your kitchen clean and free of pests, how to handle a knife safely, and how to store and cook food to prevent food-borne illnesses.

Vegetables and fruits should make up a large portion of your diet, but many people overlook these delicious and healthy foods. Filling your plate with nutrient-rich and high-fiber fruits and vegetables keeps you healthy, fuels your body, and helps you to maintain a healthy weight. Learning how to prepare and cook these foods can keep you healthy, enable you to experiment in the kitchen, and allow you to begin to develop cooking confidence. Get over your fears of Brussels sprouts and papaya. Tackle the tomatoes. And embrace the eggplant!

It’s time to embrace new foods and new cooking techniques as you master dairy and egg cooking. This isn’t all about pizza and ice cream—it’s also delicate scrambled eggs and healthy creamy yogurt. In this unit, you’ll learn all about dairy products and eggs, and you’ll be ready to start cooking with these foods in your own kitchen. Though most of what you’ll learn is healthy, you’ll also learn how to make some treats, including homemade ice cream!

You’ve tackled fruits and vegetables, dairy and eggs—now, it’s time to handle meats, poultry, fish, and vegetarian protein sources, such as beans and nuts. In this unit, you’ll learn how to cook these foods to use in a variety of ways, and how to make the most of cheaper foods, such as dry beans or inexpensive cuts of meat. Simple cooking formulas will get you started, and your own creativity will let you make a variety of delicious dishes.

From the bread on your PB&J to the rice with your General Tso’s chicken, grains make up a significant part of nearly every diet, whether it’s a healthy one or not. For a healthy diet, choose whole grains rather than refined ones. Eating a diet rich in whole grains keeps you healthier, but it does require you know how to cook those grains. In this unit, you’ll learn how to cook different grains and learn a little bit about baking.

Maintaining good health throughout your life takes work, but you’re already on your way. You’ve learned the beginnings of the kitchen know-how you need to prepare healthy meals, and you have a good understanding of which foods are healthy and which ones aren’t. In this unit, you’ll learn how to translate those skills into lasting healthy habits that can stay with you throughout your life. These include how to plan meals for your changing needs, and your changing body, as well as ways to manage stress and keep your diet smart and focused throughout your life.

Course Highlights

Discover how to improve your nutrition and wellness.
Use new strategies to get the best food to fuel your body.
Create delicious dishes for your family and friends.
Create safe eating, cooking, and cleaning habits in the kitchen.

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