Discussion 4: Connection between nutrition and health

Discussion 4: Connection between nutrition and health

Discussion 4: Connection between nutrition and health

Nutrition and Health Worksheet
Use Ch. 1 of Contemporary Nutrition, Ch. 2 of Visualizing Nutrition, supplemental course materials, the University Library, the Internet, or other resources to answer the following questions. Your response to each question should be 75 to 100 words.
What is nutrition? Why is nutrition essential to our daily lives?

What is the connection between nutrition and health?

What are the six classes of nutrients? What are essential nutrients? What are the sources of nutrients? What do nutrients do?

How do vitamins and minerals work?

What does it mean to eat a balanced diet? Why is food choice important for good nutrition?

What is undernutrition? What is overnutrition?

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Proper health and nutrition is of critical importance to the growth and development of young children yet many American children eat in ways that do not meet proper nutrition guidelines. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the media, and its promotion of junk food, is one of the main culprits in the obesity epidemic. Read the article, “Children, Adolescents, Obesity, and the Media,” and watch the video, We’re Not Buying It: Stop Junk Food Marketing to Kids.

In your post, address the following:

What role does the media play in the promotion of unhealthy food choices? Identify and describe a specific example.
What are the long-term consequences of these media messages on children’s health and nutrition?
Describe two to three specific things parents and teachers of young children can do to combat media messages that promote unhealthy food choices.

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