Lesson 7
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Nutrition for Health & Fitness

Proper nutrition is one of the most important components of wellness. It is difficult to be healthy when experiencing nutritional deficiencies or excesses. Poor eating habits have been linked to a variety of diseases and disorders detrimental to physical health—most notably diabetes, cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancer. Additionally, mental functioning and emotional mood states can be altered by nutritional deficiencies. Although nutrition can at times be complex and confusing, an overriding theme for good health is the need for an individual to eat a variety of foods, in moderation. Indeed, if most individuals followed this simple advice, there would be far less individual morbidity and mortality, and probably no national healthcare crises. 

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Use the resources linked above in order to answer the following questions (which are the objectives to be mastered in this lesson):


1. Describe the role of proper nutrition in health and wellness.


2. Discuss the six types of nutrients in terms of: sources, their role in nutrition/health, and dietary guidelines for consumption.


3. Identify the major nutritional deficiencies and problems in the typical American diet.


4. Discuss the dietary guidelines for Americans and the principles behind eating a variety of foods in moderation.


5. Describe the nutritional requirements for physically active individuals.


1. Answer the above questions (objectives).
E-mail them to the instructor in MS Word format.

2. Complete Assessment Activities 8.1, 8.2, 8.3, and 8.4 found at the end of chapter 8 in your textbook. Send a brief report about these assessments to the instructor in MS Word format.

3. Scan the major news websites for nutrition related articles. Write a brief description of at least 1 news story related to nutrition and your opinion about it. Your report should be about 1/2 page. E-mail your report to the instructor in MS Word format. Some of the major sites include http://www.usatoday.com     http://www.msnbc.com     http://www.cnn.com  and others of your choice.