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Hand-washing (Lesson 25)
Information about the importance of hand-washing and how to do it effectively.
Bacteria (Lesson 24)
Did you ever have a 24-hour bug? Flu-like symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps that last only a day or less are often from a food-borne illness. Harmful bacteria (germs) can be in food. Proper food handling can keep food safe. The first step in understanding food-borne illness is to learn how and why disease-causing bacteria spread. Then you are better able to prevent food-borne illness.
(Lesson 10) Dietary Fiber
Dietary fiber is called nature's little mermaid. This lesson explains why.
Carbohydrates
A lesson on carbohydrates, their metabolism and effects.
USDA Food Guide and MyPlate (Lesson 2)
The USDA Food Guide is a tool designed to promote the concepts of variety, moderation and balance in the diet.
Nutrition for Young Children (Lesson 20)
In this lesson you will learn about the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate and how they apply to young children. You will learn what to expect during each stage of the preschool years and tips to make these stages easier on both you and your child. You will also learn about issues such as fast food, healthy weights for young children and exercise.
Dairy
This lesson describes the importance of dairy products in the diet.
Alternative Nutrition Therapies (Lesson 12)
The use of herbs as alternative medicine is not just for healers anymore. Approximately 16 million adults use herbal products. Increased interest among consumers is causing doctors and scientific researchers to take a closer look at the herbal trend.
Smart Food Shopping
Planning is the key to saving money in the grocery store. If you don't know how much you spend on food, here's an exercise that can help you answer that question.
Protein (Lesson 4)
Proteins have something to do with life and vitality because they are a necessary component of every cell. Proteins are necessary for a person to grow and to fight infection and disease.
Vital Vitamins
In this lesson, you will learn about the two major types of vitamins, the fat-soluble and water-soluble. You will learn how each vitamin functions in your body and the symptoms of deficiency and over-consumption (toxicity). You will learn which foods are the best sources of vitamins and the Recommended Dietary Allowance for each. This lesson will discuss vitamin supplements. This information will help you plan a healthy diet, including all necessary vitamins and nutrients.
Nutrition and the Elderly (Lesson 22)
One in eight Americans is 65 years of age or older. This number is growing and will continue to do so with the aging of the baby boomers. The oldest old, people at least 85 years of age, is the fastest-growing segment of America's senior population.You will learn the importance of good nutrition in helping the elderly to remain independent, maintain their quality of life and avoid premature nursing home placement.
Cancer (Lesson 17)
An estimated 35% of cancer deaths are associated with what we eat. This lesson will give you a foundation for action regarding what you should eat and other healthy lifestyle behaviors that you can control. The action you take could lead to your not getting cancer. You will learn what you can do now and for the rest of your life to reduce your cancer risk.
Heart Disease & Stroke (Lessson 16)
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. This lesson focuses on the steps you can take to prevent heart disease and stroke.
Water (Lesson 9)
Water is a combination of the elements hydrogen and oxygen. The way these elements are put together makes water a solvent, meaning it can dissolve most nutrients, making them available for the body to use. Water in the body comes mainly from two sources: liquids and foods. This article tells how important water is and what it does in the body.
Food Safe Consumer (Lesson 23)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 97% of foodborne illnesses could be prevented by simply washing hands and improving food handling practices. Everyone who handles food needs to know safe food-handling practices.
Adolescent Nutrition (Lesson 21)
The phrase "you are what you eat" is sometimes hard for teenagers to keep in mind. This is probably because adolescents (teenagers) in America are faced every day with so many choices that can affect their health in the present and in the future.
(Lesson 1) Dietary Guidelines
Dietary Guidelines provide science-based advice to promote health and reduce risk for chronic diseases through diet and physical activity. The guidelines target healthy people two years of age and older living in the United States.
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Phytochemicals (Lesson 11)
Eating more broccoli, tomatoes, citrus fruits, onions, soybeans and other foods from plants may help to protect you against several chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer. And it is not just because of the nutrients they contain. It is more likely because of the chemicals found in these foods -- phytochemicals.
Meal Planning (Lesson 13)
Are your meals at the end of the month as good as they are at the beginning? Or do your food dollars run out before the month is over? Learning to plan your menus and shop only for what you need will help you have good food throughout the month. You will also save both money and time!
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