Nutrition and Health Worksheet
Use Ch. 1 of Contemporary Nutrition, Ch. 2 of Visualizing Nutrition, supplemental course materials, the University Library, the Internet, or other resources to answer the following questions. Your response to each question should be 75 to 100 words.
1. What is nutrition? Why is nutrition essential to our daily lives?
Nutrition is the science of our intake and utilization of food. Proper nutrition can help prevent or lessen the instances of disease. Improper nutrition can lead to a weakened immune system and even disease. In fact, A poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle are known to be risk factors for life-threatening chronic diseases such as cardiovascular (heart) disease, hypertension, diabetes,…show more content… Recommended intakes were based on amounts that would prevent nutrient deficiencies. In the 1980’s dietary deficiencies were added to the program and it became a list of Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs).
9. The United States Department of Agriculture created a diagram titled MyPlate. What is this diagram? Why should someone study this diagram?
U.S. Department of Agriculture, http://www.choosemyplate.gov/; National Agricultural Library, Agricultural Research Service, U. S. Department of Agriculture.
Early food guides have evolved into MyPlate, which suggests amounts and types of food from five food groups to meet the recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines. MyPlate can be used to plan a diet based on the recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines. The plate icon illustrates the proportions of food recommended from each of five food groups: Fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods, and dairy. Half of your plate should be fruits and vegetables, about a quarter grains and about a quarter protein foods. Dairy should accompany meals as shown by the glass to the side The MyPlate diagram shows what a balanced meal should look like
10. What are some tools for diet planning?
Tools for diet planning can be found free of cost publicly online, and at the library. Key messages from the Dietary Guidelines to help consumers balance calories and increase the nutrient density of