Nutrition and Health Science Program

Our online nutrition and health science program presents comprehensive scientific concepts of diet and nutrition followed by approaches to applying them in everyday life. You'll graduate ready to use what you learn to lead a healthier lifestyle and help others do the same.

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Lesson Group 1: Orientation: Ashworth College Career Program

Learning at Ashworth  

The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.

Introduction to Fitness, Nutrition, and Wellness Careers 

Introduction to career opportunities available in the fitness and exercise, sport psychology, massage, and nutrition fields.

Lesson Group 2: Introduction to Nutrition and Health

Food Choices: Nutrients and Nourishment 

The function of nutrients in food choices; assessing nutritional health.

Nutrition Guidelines: Tools for a Healthful Diet 

How nutrition discoveries are made; how nutrition experiments translate into guidelines; identifying available nutrition tools to help plan healthier diets.

The Human Body: From Food to Fuel 

Tracing the path of a meal from the time it is eaten until it has been digested, absorbed, transported within the body, and metabolized—all the way to the point when the body excretes the meal’s nonabsorbable waste products.

Carbohydrates: Simple Sugars and Complex Chains 

Defines carbohydrates; how the body uses carbs; how to plan a diet that includes the correct amount of all types of carbohydrates.

Lesson Group 3: The Building Blocks of Nutrition

Lipids: Not Just Fat 

Defines lipids; how lipids function in the body; identifying current recommendations for the amount of fats people should consume and avoid.

Proteins and Amino Acids: Function Follows Form 

Defines proteins; functions of proteins in our diet; how proteins promote good health.

Vitamins: Vital Keys to Health 

Defines vitamins; how vitamins are grouped; how the body uses vitamins; how to maintain adequate nutrition; the role of fortified foods and dietary supplements in nutrition and good health.

Water and Minerals: The Ocean Within 

The function of water as a macronutrient; the role minerals play in maintaining the body’s health; identifying trace minerals and how they work in balance with each other.

Metabolism and Energy Balance 

The role of metabolism; finding and maintaining our energy balance.

Lesson Group 4: Functional Nutrition

Nutrition for Physical Performance 

The influence of exercise on nutritional status and overall health; nutrition’s impact on exercise.

Diet and Health 

The relationship between nutrition and chronic diseases; risk factors for developing certain chronic diseases; dietary and lifestyle factors for reducing risks of chronic diseases.

Life Cycle: Maternal and Infant Nutrition 

The processes related to fetal growth and development; the role of adequate nutrition and consistent prenatal care in reducing the number of high-risk pregnancies and low-birthweight babies.

Life Cycle: From Childhood Through Older Adulthood 

The effects of nutrition choices from birth to adulthood; the effects of nutrition and lifestyle choices on physiological changes related to aging.

World Nutrition: The Faces of Global Malnutrition 

The many aspects of feeding the world’s population, including nutritional requirements, food production, politics, and economics.

Food Safety and Technology: Microbial Threats and Genetic Engineering 

The safety of our food supply; making wise choices regarding the sources of our daily diet.

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Program Description

Students learn the latest nutrition and diet information in this comprehensive program. Topics include MyPlate guidelines, diet planning, the digestive system, and how nutrients affect energy, wellness and disease.

Program Objectives

After completing the Nutrition, Diet, and Health Science program, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe the six major classes of nutrients and explain their importance to the healthy functioning of the human body.
  2. Outline nutritional requirements at all stages of life, from infancy through adulthood.
  3. Describe how to identify reliable nutritional information using different dietary standards, recommendations and recognized industry tools.
  4. Outline the path taken by nutrients as they travel through the body and describe the role of the parts of the body in digestion, absorption, and the removal of waste products.
  5. Describe the benefits of regular physical exercise including aerobic and anaerobic activities and how nutrition factors into exercise for athletes other highly active individuals.
  6. List and describe the causes of global problems with the food supply and explain ways these issues might be resolved.

Get meaningful training for a better life and career in our nutrition and health science program. Call 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online today.