Week 4 Discussion

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The Discussions are not simply statements of opinion. They are intended to allow you to expand upon and apply the principles discussed in your textbook, the lectures, and/or other research you conduct. Each week a question will be posed for your consideration. Before answering, you should review the chapters covered during this week and the lectures.

For this week’s discussion, please see the topic below to discuss. It is strongly encouraged that your initial post be posted by 11:59 PM EST on Thursday. It should be at least 250 words. This MUST be in your own words. Do NOT copy and paste from the Internet. You MAY use quotes from a source, but those quotes will NOT count towards your 250 word count requirement. Please do not plagiarize. If you use a quote, you MUST put quotation marks around it AND you MUST cite the source at the end of your post. It is NOT simply enough to put a source at the end. You should also include at least one reference in your post. Do NOT use Wikipedia as a source.

You should then make at least two additional posts to other students. These posts should be at least 100 words and be substantive in nature. While pleasantries such as “I agree” or “great job” are nice, they will not count as one of your required posts. Your posts should be on at least 3 separate days with all being completed by 11:59 PM ET Sunday.

Threaded Discussion Rubric
Post 160 Points Possible
1. Student submitted an appropriate and substantive post to the original assignment. This includes addressing all of the original questions/issues in a grammatically correct and logical manner30
2. Assignment submitted on time and on a different day than other posts10
3. Assignment met word count10
4. An appropriate scientific website was referenced correctly10
Post 220 Points Possible
1. Student submitted an appropriate and substantive response to another student’s post in a grammatically correct and logical manner10
2. Assignment submitted on time and on a different day than other posts5
3. Assignment met word count5
Post 320 Points Possible
1. Student submitted an appropriate and substantive response to another student’s post in a grammatically correct and logical manner10
2. Assignment submitted on time and on a different day than other posts5
3. Assignment met word count5

Week 4 Discussion Topic

The Internet has made an enormous impact on the availability of information to everyone.  More than we live in an age of “information”, some of which appears conflicting.  It can become confusing to say the least.  How do you decide what is right?  For this discussion, address one of the following topics. What do you think?  The answer is up to you, but you must back it up with at least one, preferably two, credible sources.  Some of your sources may contradict your textbook.  That is OK.  The purpose of this discussion is to use your critical thinking skills.  You will be graded based on your critical thinking, not whether you are right or wrong:

The role of refined sugars on (choose one):

  • Excess Body Fat
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes

The importance of exercise for prevention of (choose one):

  • Excess Body Fat
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular Disease

Controversies about Dietary Fats (choose one, two or all three):

  • Is saturated fat really harmful?
  • Can saturated fat, for example coconut oil, actually be healthful?
  • Are all plant oils good for you?

The importance of dietary antioxidants (micronutrients and phytochemicals) on prevention of (choose one):

  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular Disease

Week 4 Assignment

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By now you should have collected at least 10 days worth of nutrition intake and physical activity data.  Now you will generate the following reports to help you assess how you did with meeting (or not quite meeting) your goals that you set in Week 1:

  • Macronutrient Distribution Report
  • Calorie Assessment Report
  • Activity Summary Report
  • MyPlate Report

Save your reports as pdf, same as your Recommendations Report for Week 1.

Submit all 4 Reports, along with your written assessment of how you did in meeting your goals, and what you learned about your nutrition and physical activity.

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