HLTH 1021
Nutrition for Health and Changing Lifestyles

3.0 Credits


Students will be introduced to the relationship between nutrition and health. Student will focus is on healthy eating, understanding strategies for modifying food patterns within the context of lifestyle and culture, and identifying standards of healthy eating in Canada.

Delivery Method





Upon successful completion of HLTH 1021, you will be able to:

  • Identify the standards for healthy eating that exist in Canada
  • Identify influences on food choices
  • Recognize your own nutritional needs and how to achieve them through foods
  • Identify characteristics of nutrition quackery and valid nutrition information
  • Identify nutrients of concern for various lifecycles and lifestyles (e.g. children, older adults, vegetarians, athletes, etc.)
  • Recognize the relationship between nutrition and health status
  • Analyze personal dietary intake in relation to Canadian standards
  • Identify functions, food sources and deficiency/toxicity symptoms for vitamins and minerals.

Course Outline

The course is divided into four units, which are further divided into topics of study as follows:

Unit 1: Introduction to Nutrition

  • Topic 1: Food Choices and Human Health
  • Topic 2: Nutrition Tools: Standards and Guidelines

Unit 2: Nutrients and Health

  • Topic 1: The Macronutrients: Carbohydrates, Lipids and Proteins
  • Topic 2: The Micronutrients and Water

Unit 3: Energy Balance and Physical Activity

  • Topic 1: Energy Balance and Healthy Body Weight
  • Topic 2: Nutrients, Physical Activity, and the Body's Responses

Unit 4: Lifecycle Nutrition

  • Topic 1: Nutrition for Mother and Infant
  • Topic 2: Nutrient Needs During Childhood, Adolescence, and Adulthood

Maximum Completion

30 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

Sizer, F.S., Whitney, E., & Piche, L.A. Nutrition: Concepts and Controversies . 3rd Canadian Edition. Toronto, ON: Nelson Education, 2015.
Type: Textbook, ISBN: 978-0-17-653077-8 / 0176530770

This textbook comes packaged with:

CourseMate for Nutrition. 3rd Canadian Edition, ISBN: 017667635X

Wadsworth (2011). Diet Analysis Plus 2-Semester Instant Access (10th Edition). Cengage Learning. ISBN: 0538495081

Bundle ISBN: 0176698302

Note: If you have any questions about course textbooks or other materials, please contact Enrolment Services at student@tru.ca or 1.800.663.9711 (toll free in Canada), 250.852.7000 (Kamloops, BC), and 1.250.852.7000 (International).

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through Blackboard's "Mail" tool or by phone. You will receive the necessary contact information when you start your course.


To successfully complete this course, you must complete the coursework, including the mandatory final project, as shown in the following table, and obtain at least 50% overall.

Assignment 1: Self-Reflection 5%
Unit 1 Quiz: Introduction to Nutrition 7.5%
Assignment 2: Case Study 10%
Assignment 3: Nutrition Quackery Webquest 10%
Unit 2 Quiz: Nutrients and Health 7.5%
Assignment 4: Blog: Strategies for Long-Term Weight Loss 10%
Unit 3 Quiz: Energy Balance and Physical Activity 7.5%
Assignment 5: Healthy Aging Handout 10%
Unit 4 Quiz: Lifecycle Nutrition 7.5%
Final Project: Dietary Analysis Report 25%
Total 100%