About this Course
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Around the world, we find ourselves facing global epidemics of obesity, Type 2 Diabetes and other predominantly diet-related diseases. To address these public health crises, we urgently need to explore innovative strategies for promoting healthful eating. There is strong evidence that global increases in the consumption of heavily processed foods, coupled with cultural shifts away from the preparation of food in the home, have contributed to high rates of preventable, chronic disease. In this course, learners will be given the information and practical skills they need to begin optimizing the way they eat. This course will shift the focus away from reductionist discussions about nutrients and move, instead, towards practical discussions about real food and the environment in which we consume it. By the end of this course, learners should have the tools they need to distinguish between foods that will support their health and those that threaten it. In addition, we will present a compelling rationale for a return to simple home cooking, an integral part of our efforts to live longer, healthier lives. View the trailer for the course here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7x1aaZ03xU...
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Health InformaticsNutritionFood SafetyFood Science
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Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 1 hour/week...
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English

Subtitles: English, Czech, German, Russian, Spanish...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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1
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1 hour to complete

Background on Food & Nutrients

In this section we will examine the social and cultural shifts that have contributed to our modern epidemics of overweight and obesity. We will briefly review the nutrients found in foods, their different functions in the human body and how we can support our own health by choosing wisely from the foods within each category....
Reading
6 videos (Total 23 min), 1 quiz
Video6 videos
A Sociocultural History of Obesity3m
Macronutrient Structure & Metabolism4m
Carbohydrate-rich Foods & the Glycemic Index3m
Animal & Plant-based Proteins3m
Dietary Fats & Their Effects on Human Health4m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Section 1 Quiz12m
Week
2
Clock
1 hour to complete

Contemporary Trends in Eating

In this section, we will explore the ways in which highly processed foods differ from real, whole food and the implications of food processing on our health. We’ll also look at how our consumption of sugar has changed in recent decades and explore sensible solutions for people who wish to start eating better. We will also meet Kevin, a middle-aged pre-diabetic man, and find out how a step-wise approach to behavior change helped him change for the better....
Reading
5 videos (Total 26 min), 1 quiz
Video5 videos
Trends in Sugar Consumption & Recommendations4m
The Case for Cooking6m
A Case Study: Middle-aged Pre-diabetic Man6m
A Step-wise Approach to Behavior Change2m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Section 2 Quiz14m
Week
3
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21 minutes to complete

Future Directions in Health - Part I

This section focuses on sustainable solutions to the challenge of choosing healthier foods more frequently. Michael Pollan explains his mantra and how we can use it to make better food choices. We also begin to explore practical tips for preparing foods that will support our health and enjoyment....
Reading
4 videos (Total 13 min), 1 quiz
Video4 videos
Cooking: Fundamental Ingredients3m
Cooking: Increasing Vegetable Intake2m
Cooking: Sensible Substitutions3m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Section 3 Quiz8m
Week
4
Clock
25 minutes to complete

Future Directions in Health - Part 2

In this section you will find more practical tips for grocery shopping, reading labels and assembling a balanced meal. We also learn more about the most important secret ingredient for success: moderation....
Reading
4 videos (Total 15 min), 1 quiz
Video4 videos
Shopping in a Supermarket2m
Reading Nutrition Labels4m
The Importance of Moderation in Maintaining a Healthy Diet4m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Section 4 Quiz10m
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Top Reviews

By TLOct 1st 2016

Extremely interesting course. I feel the material and videos were very easy to absorb and understand. I certainly would recommend this to anyone with an interest in food and how it affects our health.

By AEJun 22nd 2018

It was an amazing course that allowed for me to be much more conscious of what I was eating and pushed me to strive to achieve a healthier lifestyle. Overall, it was very entertaining and informative!

Instructor

Maya Adam, MD

Lecturer
Stanford School of Medicine

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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