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Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

HLTH 1021: Nutrition for Health and Changing Lifestyles

This course provides an introduction to the relationship between nutrition and health. The 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.

Learning outcomes

  • 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 topics

Unit 1: Introduction to Nutrition

Unit 2: Nutrients and Health

Unit 3: Energy Balance and Physical Activity

Unit 4: Lifecycle Nutrition

Required text and materials

The following material is required for this course:

  1. Sizer, F.S., Whitney, E., & Piche, L.A. (2020). Nutrition: Concepts and Controversies (5th Canadian ed). Toronto, ON: Nelson Education.
    Type: Textbook ISBN: 9780176911720.

Note: This textbook comes packaged with a printed access card (PAC) with a unique code that allows access to Mindtap and Diet & Wellness Plus.


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 (mandatory) 25%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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