About this Course
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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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

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Approx. 3 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 1 hour/week
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English

Subtitles: English, Czech, German, Russian, Spanish

Skills you will gain

Food ScienceFood SafetyOrganic FoodHealth Informatics
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100% online course

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Clock

Approx. 3 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 1 hour/week
Comment Dots

English

Subtitles: English, Czech, German, Russian, Spanish

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
Clock
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 exercises
Section 1 Quiz12m

2

Section
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 exercises
Section 2 Quiz14m

3

Section
Clock
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 exercises
Section 3 Quiz8m

4

Section
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 exercises
Section 4 Quiz10m

5

Section
Clock
3 hours to complete

Cooking Workshop

A few years ago, a friend of mine started a healthy eating and fitness website called Grokker. She asked me to make some instructional cooking videos and generously agreed to share some of them with you. Thanks, Lorna! (If you like this section, you can find many more great videos on cooking and fitness at Grokker.com)...
Reading
10 videos (Total 71 min), 10 readings
Video10 videos
How to Make Lemon Herb Roasted Chicken6m
How to Make Asparagus Torta8m
How to Make Idlis - Indian Rice Cakes8m
How to Make Pad Thai9m
How to Make Lasagna8m
How to Make Ricotta Cake5m
How to Make Pancakes in a Blender4m
How to Make a Sweet Pea Salad4m
How to Make Egg Sandwiches4m
Reading10 readings
Recipe for Gluten Free Crêpes10m
Recipe for Lemon Herb Chicken10m
Recipe for Asparagus Torta10m
Recipe for Indian Rice Cakes10m
Recipe for Pad Thai10m
Recipe for Lasagna10m
Recipe for Ricotta Cake10m
Recipe for Easy Blender Pancakes10m
Recipe for Sweet Pea Salad10m
Recipe for Egg Sandwiches10m
Clock
1 hour to complete

Recommended Optional Resources

Here is a list of recommended books and videos that can help deepen your understanding of the course material. Feel free to explore the recommendations on this list to learn more about food, health, eating behaviors, and more....
Reading
3 readings
Reading3 readings
List of Recommended Readings10m
List of Recommended Documentaries10m
List of Recommended Websites10m
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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 MHFeb 6th 2017

Excellent introduction for the majority who have misguided beliefs about their eating habits; with some general background information and simple guide lines for improving physical and mental health.

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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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