About this Course
Eating patterns that begin in childhood affect health and well-being across the lifespan. The culture of eating has changed significantly in recent decades, especially in parts of the world where processed foods dominate our dietary intake. This course examines contemporary child nutrition and the impact of the individual decisions made by each family. The health risks associated with obesity in childhood are also discussed. Participants will learn what constitutes a healthy diet for children and adults and how to prepare simple, delicious foods aimed at inspiring a lifelong celebration of easy home-cooked meals. This course will help prepare participants to be the leading health providers, teachers and parents of the present and future.The text and other material in this course may include the opinion of the specific instructor and are not statements of advice, endorsement, opinion, or information of Stanford University.
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Approx. 8 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 hours of videos and quizzes
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Subtitles: English, Croatian, Ukrainian, Chinese (Simplified), Dutch, Bulgarian, Korean, German, Russian, Spanish, Japanese, Romanian, Polish

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Organic FoodFood SafetyFood ScienceCarbon Footprint
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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Clock

Approx. 8 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 hours of videos and quizzes
Comment Dots

English

Subtitles: English, Croatian, Ukrainian, Chinese (Simplified), Dutch, Bulgarian, Korean, German, Russian, Spanish, Japanese, Romanian, Polish

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
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2 hours to complete

Why Home Cooking Matters

A childhood obesity epidemic is facing the USA and many developed nations. Why are so many foods processed, and what can we do to protect our families? We also explore the six basic ingredients every cook should have on hand! ...
Reading
10 videos (Total 51 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
Video10 videos
Food is more than just nutrition 6m
Why home cooking matters3m
Why are there so many processed foods?4m
USDA nutrition guidelines8m
The Six Ingredients Every Kitchen Needs3m
Stocking a Kitchen Pantry5m
Egg-in-a-hole5m
Smoothie3m
Vegetable Stir-Fry8m
Reading1 readings
Recommended Readings10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Why Home Cooking Matters14m
Elements of a Healthy Kitchen14m
Why Home Cooking Matters14m

2

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

What Constitutes a Balanced Meal?

Everything you need to know about what makes up a balanced meal, including fats, carbohydrates, and proteins. Learn tricks for controlling portion sizes while maintaining satisfaction....
Reading
10 videos (Total 45 min), 3 quizzes
Video10 videos
Carbohydrates 5m
Fats6m
Proteins3m
Sugar - Too much of a good thing?3m
Hunger and the "Glycemic Index" 3m
How to eat in moderation4m
Oatmeal2m
Homemade Pasta Sauce 7m
Almond Cake 3m
Quiz3 practice exercises
The Elements of a Balanced Meal30m
Sugar, Hunger and the Glycemic Index22m
What Constitutes a Balanced Meal?22m

3

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

From Supermarket to Dinner Table to School

Tricks for navigating the supermarket and shop for vegetables. Why the family meal is about more than just food; how to pack a quick, healthy lunch for a child and why this is so important; how to shop for fruits and vegetables (and teach children to love them); making over our children's favorite foods, and more healthy treats. ...
Reading
8 videos (Total 30 min), 3 quizzes
Video8 videos
Shopping for vegetables2m
What are the most nutritious foods? 3m
Packing a lunchbox2m
The family meal3m
Dealing with picky eaters3m
Chicken Nuggets5m
Cupcakes4m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Navigating the supermarket16m
The Dinner Table6m
From Supermarket to Dinner Table to School20m

4

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Sustainable Eating

How to make choices that are good for you and the planet. Understand the difference between local, organic, and sustainable. Also, gardening as a way of getting children excited about fresh foods....
Reading
9 videos (Total 40 min), 3 quizzes
Video9 videos
What does "organic" mean?2m
What does "locally grown" mean? 2m
Healthy People = Healthy Planet5m
Growing a kitchen garden with Rita Bottini5m
Growing a kitchen garden1m
Fish 4m
Soups7m
Steam vegetables 2m
Quiz3 practice exercises
What is Sustainable Eating?12m
Growing a Kitchen Garden12m
Sustainable Eating34m

5

Section
Clock
4 hours to complete

Labels, Allergies and Taste

What have we learned about achieving good eating habits based on enjoyment of the right foods? More tips on working with food allergies, reading nutrition labels, and understanding the elements of taste. Cooking this week: the simple stew, a basic homemade salad dressing plus a Sunday morning treat that will make the whole family smile. ...
Reading
9 videos (Total 45 min), 1 reading, 4 quizzes
Video9 videos
Understanding taste8m
Reading nutrition labels 6m
Protecting Children's Health5m
Food's environmental impact2m
Stew 8m
Salad Dressing3m
Crepes3m
Roast vegetables3m
Reading1 readings
CASTING CALL: Calling all parents of children aged 7-11!10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Allergies and Taste Preferences8m
Health and Nutrition12m
Labels, Allergies and Taste20m
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Top Reviews

By RHSep 17th 2017

very useful and practical course.. it boosts my positive energy to cook more and more in healthy way for my baby coz much love=much healthy.. It inspired me, it's very simple , easy and very healthy..

By ZPOct 7th 2015

This course is immensely informative, as well as fun! I loved the way Maya made things simple, with diagrams to accompany all of the the nutrition information. I hope she does more courses like these!

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About Stanford University

The Leland Stanford Junior University, commonly referred to as Stanford University or Stanford, is an American private research university located in Stanford, California on an 8,180-acre (3,310 ha) campus near Palo Alto, California, United States....

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