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

Online, self-paced.




Upon successful completion, students 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

Unit 2: Nutrients and Health

Unit 3: Energy Balance and Physical Activity

Unit 4: Lifecycle Nutrition

Maximum Completion

30 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

Sizer, F.S., Whitney, E., & Piche, L.A. Nutrition: Concepts and Controversies . (4th Canadian ed). Toronto, ON: Nelson Education, (2018).
Type: Textbook, ISBN: 978-0-17-670548-0

This textbook comes packaged with:

Mind Tap PAC and Diet Analysis and Wellness Plus

The bundle ISBN is: 0176827730

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through the Learning Environment's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.


To successfully complete this course, students must achieve 50% or higher on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the mandatory final project.

Assignment 1: Self-Reflection on Personal Dietary Intake 5%
Unit 1 Quiz: Introduction to Nutrition 7.5%
Assignment 2: Case Study: Low Carb Diets and Weight Loss 10%
Assignment 3: Nutrition Quackery WebQuest: Protein Supplementation and Exercise 10%
Unit 2 Quiz: Nutrients and Health 7.5%
Assignment 4: Blog Posting: 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%

* Mandatory