Category Archives: Nutrition

Think about the information that was presented this week on obesity and body ima

Think about the information that was presented this week on obesity and body image and in week 11 in the Weight of the Nation documentary. Please share your thoughts and gut reactions. You can include your thoughts on the role that social media plays, diet culture, etc. but you’re not required to stick to those areas – I just want to know your thoughts in this area.
The Weight of the Nation: Part 1

Nutrition and health misinformation is everywhere. As many of you noted in your

Nutrition and health misinformation is everywhere. As many of you noted in your initial discussion post for this course, most people get their nutrition and health information from social media, through word of mouth, or from online websites or blogs. Some of this information can be helpful and valid, while other information can, at best cause well-meaning individuals to lose time and money, and at worst, cause many consumers their health. The purpose of this assignment is to help you understand some of the challenges around communicating nutrition and health science, and more importantly, identify fact from fiction in the nutrition and health world.
1st– Listen to a 6 minute conversation by Dr. Liam A Dodd, Data Scientist and former Physicist. In this discussion from The Dream podcast, he offers some suggestions as to how pseudoscience and misinformation utilizes scientific language to mislead consumers.
The Dream Podcast, Season 2, Episode 6
BEGIN by listening at 20 min 21 sec — 21 min 50 sec for the introduction of Dr. Liam Dodd and his area of study.
SKIP to 30 min 25 sec to hear the discussion about the distrust of science in the general population. Take note of the following points:
32nd minute – The language of science is often complicated, words have double meaning, and is not the natural language of the general public.
34th minute – Some scientist feel that spending time talking to non-scientists/consumers about their area of study isn’t the best use of their time.
35th minute – Many scientific communities are isolating due scientists always being surrounded by people with similar backgrounds.
36th minute – Many scientists are funded by public money or work on government funded-projects. This can cause mistrust from the general public.
37th minute – Consumer’s efforts to understand a complex and random world often results in blaming scientists when answers are not clear.
END at 37:10.
2nd– Review Figure C1 -1 in your text (1.8 Controversy 1: Sorting Imposters from Real Nutrition Experts). In this figure, review the following techniques that are Earmarks of Nutrition (and Health) Quackery
Too Good to Be True Suspicions About Food Supply Testimonials
Fake Credentials Unpublished Studies Persecutions Claims
Authority Not Cited Motive: Personal Gain Advertisement
Latest Innovation/Time-Tested
3rd– Peruse online or social media to find a popular nutrition claim, food items, supplement, or diet that you want to investigate. Some examples might include:
Taking supplement X prevents cancer.
Taking supplement X cures…
Following X diet cures….
Celery juice removes toxins from the body and cures asthma.
Bullet proof coffee improves mental clarity and causes weight loss.
Etc….
4th– Once you have found the nutrition claim/food/supplement/diet that you want to investigate, you will write a 2-3 page paper in APA format answering all of the following questions:
1. Introduction. What is the claim, food item, supplement or diet that you are researching? Where did you find it or hear about it? Please provide the link to the website or video. If a link is not possible to include, a screen image is sufficient. Are there any of the above techniques of nutrition (and health) quackery used in the claim?
2. Who? Who is responsible for the information or website? Is it staffed by a qualified professional(s)? Look for the authors’ name and credentials. Confirm what these credentials mean. If no credentials are listed, how does that affect the credibility of the information? Can the source be trusted?
3. When? When was this information last updated? Nutrition science is constantly changing, so the site or information should be updated often. Do you think this is current information?
4. Where? Where is the information or statement sourced from (i.e., what research paper does it come from?) and is the original research cited? If it is cited, please provide the citation and link. You can use PubMed to search for any significant published paper.
5. Why? Why is this site or person giving you this information? Is the site providing a public service or selling a product? If they are trying sell something, do you think the information shared is trustworthy?
6. What? What is the message this person is trying to send and can you validate it using Credible Sources of Nutrition Information? What did you learn in this course that either confirms or contradicts the claim you are investigating? In addition to your textbook, you must find at least 1 credible source with information about the claim you chose. Does a credible site confirm or contradict the claim you chose?
7. Conclusion. Reflecting on what you heard in the podcast and what your own research has uncovered, why do you think there is so much misinformation spreading about nutrition and human health? What ideas do you have to curb the spread of misinformation?
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Assess all the challenges to losing weight, including food security, environment

Assess all the challenges to losing weight, including food security, environment, education, metabolism, genetics, etc. Include the following in your assessment:
Explain two challenges you foresee for weight loss in your future patients.
Discuss at least three ways you will aid patients in weight loss goals. Consider these factors:
Realistic goals
When to refer
Who to refer to
Resources available (i.e., community and online programs)
Encouragement of positive behavior change

This project offers an opportunity to demonstrate your learning progress through

This project offers an opportunity to demonstrate your learning progress through
comprehensive data review and recommendations on practice. Using all of the data you
have collected from your labs, and all of the information you have learned from the text,
lectures and labs, extract and summarize all of the data from your lab reports. Compare
the data with reference standards (e.g., Dietary Reference Intakes, Dietary Guidelines
for Americans, Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans) corresponding to your age
and sex and determine if you are already in a healthy range, or if you need to make
adjustments. Please pretend you are healthy and uninjured. If you are dealing with
medical issues, you do not need to make this assignment more challenging by discussing
your treatment/recovery. no page limit

Objective The primary objective of this assignment is to involve students in a c

Objective
The primary objective of this assignment is to involve students in a community based activity that relates to the hunger and environmental issues discussed in class. Service Learning helps students make real the issues that involve our community and apply scientific knowledge to understand physiological effects of hunger on malnutrition and health.
SJSU students are now able to do in person or virtual volunteer work this semester. My SJS4 does have virtual opportunities, but most of them do not apply to this class so we are encouraging individuals to complete the alternate assignment given these limitations. If you have any questions, email me or message me on Canvas. andrea.whitson@sjsu.edu
Alternate Assignment
This report was created in Spring 2020, when we went to shelter in place. Several months have gone by so there is much more insight and understanding. The report was originally designed for students to supplement volunteer hours they already completed, but with the new limitations from administration, we do not anticipate many volunteer opportunities will be available so this will be the primary means to satisfy your hours.
Important Information about this assignment
If you are doing no volunteer hours, you should be completing a minimum of the upper end word range for full credit on the paper.
Please make sure you utilize information from all resources and cite it in the paper.
Remove all of the paper’s guidelines before submitting the paper and only provide title headings as not to flag Turnitin.com
Please include a word count on each section of the paper
You must submit the document in either word of PDF
Be sure if you are not completing the 10 community service hours you are turning in questions 1-6.
Community Service Alternate Project
This assignment should be used by those who are unable to complete any of the required 10 hours of virtual service. (If you have completed some but not all of the required 10 hours of service, you should contact the instructor. Depending on the number of hours you completed, you will be assigned only some portions of this assignment.)
Objective
The purpose of this assignment is to replace the community service hours and the service-learning ­aspect of the course. While this is not the optimal situation and does not give you the hands-on experience that is so beneficial, it will give you an idea of domestic hunger, poverty and powerlessness both in this area and nationally. In addition, it ties in COVID-19 or other disaster-like situations that can exacerbate the incredibly fragile situation that many people are in. Survey estimates in 2019 found 78% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck. While all of us have been personally affected by this situation, some are experiencing more hardships than others in terms of health, personal situations, and financial situations.
1. Please provide information on domestic hunger including the statistics and impact using the website below, including the history, background, and key statistics. (250 words min).
Domestic Hunger and Poverty
https://www.ers.usda.gov/topics/food-nutrition-assistance/food-security-in-the-us.aspx (Links to an external site.)
Please provide information on hunger and poverty in California, specifically focusing on Santa Clara County and San Jose State University using the resources below. (250 words min)
http://www.cafoodbanks.org/hunger-factsheet (Links to an external site.)
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/dec/12/the-silicon-valley-paradox-one-in-four-people-are-at-risk-of-hunger (Links to an external site.)
https://www.shfb.org/impact/blog/college-hunger-sjsu/ (Links to an external site.)
Feeding America “is now the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization—a powerful and efficient network of 200 food banks across the country. “Our mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger” (Feeding America About Us (Links to an external site.)).
Go to Feeding America’s website at this link:
The Impact of Coronavirus on Food Insecurity (Links to an external site.) and scroll down and download their latest brief:
The Impact of the Coronavirus on Food Insecurity in 2020 (Links to an external site.).
Review the brief, and write your thoughts about what you have learned, focusing specifically on the sections about Children, and the 3 Spotlight articles: Spotlight: Food Insecurity in Latino Communities; Spotlight: Food Insecurity in Native American Communities; and Spotlight: Food Insecurity in Black Communities. You may discuss the U.S. as a whole or focus on California, as you prefer. (250 word min)
Now review the following linked article from the Brookings Institution (“The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level.”):
The COVID-19 hazard continues, but the hazard pay does not: Why America’s essential workers need a raise (Links to an external site.).
Consider this from Our World in Data: Which countries have protected both health and the economy in the pandemic? (Links to an external site.) (overall message: “…countries that have managed to protect their population’s health in the pandemic have generally also protected their economy too.”).
Reflect on what has been done to help workers and the economy so far, in terms of financial assistance, and the recent efforts to provide a new round of financial stimulus, which have not succeeded. What do you think should happen? Do you have other ideas for aid to those who have been most hurt by COVID-19, both in terms of health, food security, and economic situation? You may research and provide ideas from CREDIBLE sources (no social media posts), or your own suggestions.
(250 word min)
Please review what should happen after a disaster and reflect on what was done or what you should think should be done based on information provided in NuFS 139 or your own research with references on both a national and local level with the goal of avoiding food insecurity, homelessness, or exacerbation of poverty and powerlessness. (250 word min)
5. Agency Information
Part A: Please go to the assignment box and choose an agency from the list of NuFS 139 approved agencies where you would like to volunteer: (250 words)
The agency’s name.
The mission statement and objective of the agency.
Why and how the agency started
Who funds the agency including donations, monetary contributions and volunteer hours?
How long has it been operating in the area and how it originated?
What the target population is and the social and cultural concerns that affect the way the agency operates.
How the projects of the agency impact the nutritional status of the target population (make sure you include the agency’s programs in this section). If the program does not directly deal with nutrition, how does it empower the person to be able to feed themselves (i.e. job training allows you to afford food).
Part B: Please provide a second national non-profit agency that has assisted in the COVID-19 outbreak or other national disasters and provide the same information above for that agency. (250 words)
Your Own Reflections
Using information from the class, how does the information from this paper impact your perception of Domestic Hunger vs. World Hunger? You will need to provide specific information from class to support your answers from a world hunger standpoint.
How do disasters exacerbate poverty and powerlessness including your specific experience with COVID-19? Feel free to use personal or firsthand experiences.
Lastly, how do disasters, like COVID-19 impact the nutritional status of the individuals. You will need to provide specific information from the sections on nutrition, the food system, or the health implications of the food system. You do not need to limit yourself to the COVID-19 situation and you can include both worldwide and domestic disaster situations for this section. Is it possible to empower people in situations like this?
This section should be 250 to 500 words, and please provide references for any cited information.
How to Start:
Select an agency from the list on #2
The following agencies are approved for NuFS 139 (however, each agency is on a different schedule and most renew their contracts each year so you will need to make sure they are still on my SJSU https://app.calstates4.com/sjsu (Links to an external site.)
African American Community Service Agency
Asian Americans for Community Involvement
Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley
California Native Garden Foundation
CCCAC Community Garden
Center for Community Learning and Leadership [CCLL]
Cesar Chavez Community Action Center
Community Bridges
Dorothy’s Kitchen
Family Support Housing
Garden to Table Silicon Valley (Taylor St. Farm)
Homeless Garden Project Santa Cruz
JW House
Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen
Martha’s Kitchen
Meals on Wheels Menlo Park
Open Heart Kitchen
Sacred Heart Community Service (this agency has some of the most flexible shifts and hours)
Samaritan House
Santa Maria Urban Ministries
Second Harvest Food Bank (this covers both the San Jose and San Mateo facilities and they do have weekend available)
SOS Meals on Wheels
St Joseph’s Family Center
Sunday Friends (this is one of the few that has availability on the weekends)
The Health Trust
Tri-City Volunteers
Yu-Ai-Kai Japanese American Community Center
If you find an agency that speaks to you from the list, make sure they are still registered in the My SJS4 system.
If the agency is still in my SJS4, contact the agency directly and make sure that they have availability for you to volunteer there. Obtain the volunteer supervisor’s name and contact information (you will use that in My SJS4).
Go to My SJS4 and register for your 10 hours of community service and sign all of the contracts. Please note, once you sign up for an agency, you cannot change it and will have to have My SJS4 do that for you https://app.calstates4.com/sjsu (Links to an external site.). You can use this video to help you with the process. SL & Guide to SJS4 Video.mp4 Download SL & Guide to SJS4 Video.mp4Play media comment.Play media comment.
If you live out of the area or you are having difficulty finding an agency, contact me immediately and we will come up with a plan to complete your hours.
Completing Your Hours
Please do not start working at your agency until you have completely signed up in My SJS4 as that is your contract and release of liability.
Complete your hours at the agency, if the agency has a computer log in, that will serve as your time card. You must obtain documentation each time you work at the agency that you will submit with your paper.
You can use this time card for agencies that do not have their own time card or computer system. community.learning@sjsu.edu or for any questions, comments, ideas.
The system is set up to allow you to enter 2 agencies, however, I strongly discourage that as you need to provide all of the above information for each agency which is almost impossible to do in 6 pages. If you are having issues completing your hours at one agency, you must contact me immediately.
If you are trying trying to add an agency, please contact me immediately before you start the process.

This assigment is required to “record 3 days of eating” feel free to do so or cr

This assigment is required to “record 3 days of eating” feel free to do so or create a fictional diet, this is up to you! Also, this project will require access to a program, I have the credentials I can share once hired. PLEASE read the exact discription below. Since this is a bit more work than just a few page I will add a $20 bonus as well.
This assignment is all about YOUR diet. The point of this assignment is to analyze what you would normally eat and drink in order to determine your nutritional status. Once you know your nutrient deficiencies and excesses, you’ll know what dietary changes you need to make to be healthier.
Assignment Details:
Record everything you eat, drink and consume for 3 days. It is best if you document or record the foods/beverages right after you consume them, so you don’t forget.
One of the three days should include a weekend day.
Do not change your diet! The evaluation should be based on what you typically eat.
Measure everything that you eat and drink (use measuring cups)
Record any exercise you did for each of the 3 days
You will take the food/beverage record and exercise record and input the data into the Diet Analysis Program.
If certain foods/beverages are not found in the Diet Analysis program you will need to choose an alternative option that is similar
Once you input your food/beverage and exercise data, the program will analyze everything you enter.
You will need to submit TWO diet analysis reports: 1). Nutrition Facts report and 2). Actual vs. Recommend report
Write a 3-page (double- spaced, not counting Title page or Reference page) Critique of your results from the analysis. In this critique discuss what nutrients you were deficient or excessive in. Discuss how you can improve or change your diet to meet your needs better (foods that you can add to your diet to help meet your nutrient needs or foods that you should reduce to help improve your diet). Please list all references used for this critique. Please review further details for critique/essay in Part 3 below.
Completed Project Should Include THREE Parts:
Part 1: Neatly typed 3-day food and beverage record/log, you can use food log generated from the diet analysis software
Part 2: TWO reports from the diet analysis software-
1) Nutrition Facts Report
2). Actual vs. Recommended Report
Part 3: 3 page critique (essay) of your dietary analysis results. Critique needs to include:
Review what nutrients you are deficient or excessive in (hint: you can find this data in the actual vs. recommend intake report).
Expand on what foods you can incorporate into your diet to help improve your specific nutrient deficiencies and what foods you may need to reduce or lower your intake of certain nutrients.
Discuss if you met your needs for calcium, iron, potassium, fiber, folate (folic acid), vitamin A, and vitamin D
Review sodium, saturated fat and sugar intake (more or less than the recommendations?) How can you reduce these in your diet?
Review what your actual Kcal intake was vs. what your recommendation was
Discuss what your goal was: maintain, lose or gain
Discuss if this assignment was beneficial for you and what you have learned from it
Grading Rubric: 145 points
Typed 3-day food log- including food measurements, and amounts: (15 points)
Diet Analysis Reports: 2 reports need to be included: (total of 30 points)
Actual vs Recommended intake (15 points)
Nutrition Facts (15 points)
3-page critique (essay) with references/ sources: (100 points)
Introduction, body and conclusion: 20 points
References (cite at least 2 sources, you can use your class text book for one of the sources): 10 points
Discussing Nutrient intake (sodium, saturated fat, macronutrient and micronutrient intake): 60 points
Spelling/ grammar: 10 points
** Late assignments will be deducted 10 points per day, every day it is late!
**Papers that are less than 3 pages will have points deducted
Diet Analysis software directions: How to navigate the diet software.
You will need to gain access to the My Diet Analysis via My Lab and Mastering (Pearson), or you can purchase separate access here: https://media.pearsoncmg.com/bc/abp/mydietanalysis/ (Links to an external site.)
Once you gain access you will need to create a “profile” for yourself. Look for the “profile” tab at the top of the page. This will include inputting your current weight, height, age, activity level and body weight goals (weight loss, weight maintenance or weight gain).
Next go to the “diet tracker” tab at the top of the page and you can start to input your 3 day food log. Make sure you input day 1, day 2, and day 3. Make sure you input what meal or if it was a snack and correct amounts.
Next go to the “activity tracker” tab and input all you daily exercise for day 1, day 2 and day 3.
Finally go to the “reports” tab, on the top of the page. Next look on the left hand side of the page/ screen and you can select what dietary reports you need. The “nutrition facts” report and the “actual vs. recommended intake” reports are required and will need to be submitted via canvas.
Submitting Assignment to Canvas
Submitting your project in canvas can be done 2 different ways.
Option 1: turn in 1 document (PDF or WORD document only) containing (all 3 parts of the project), hint: “cut and paste” diet analysis reports into document
Option 2: upload each individual part of the project separately into the canvas. Make sure to “upload” all files first then hit “submit” once all files are uploaded.
Reminder, when uploading multiple files to canvas do not click submit till all the files that you want to turn in have been uploaded.

6-7 pages minimum (1700-2000 words): Essay three is a revision and extension of

6-7 pages minimum (1700-2000 words): Essay three is a revision and extension of essay two and MUST include five claims, minimum, as well as engagement with at least five outside sources, one of which must be our course textbook.
Attachment to convenience
Modified foods
Grocery money vs dollar menu money
Quality of shopping vs quality of fast food
Paying for convenience vs paying for quality
Habits addictions attachments
Ignorance is bliss (not knowing/ not wanting to know) where food comes from/ processes used
5 sources
Agrarian Dreams: The Paradox of Organic Farming in California
Labor and the Locavore: The Making of a Comprehensive Food Ethic
Slaughterhouse: The Shocking Story of Greed, Neglect, and Inhumane Treatment inside the U.S.
Eat This Book: A Carnivore’s Manifesto
What the Health
Rotten
The Jungle
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Food Convenience
When you think of your childhood and food, specifically eating out in town, what do you think of? The answer is likely fast food places like Mcdonald’s, Burger King, or Wendy’s. We found joy in these ever growing fast food chains as kids. Why wouldn’t we? They have chicken nuggets, unlimited refills, and playgrounds inside. The question is, why do we, as adults, still find ourselves compelled to these industrial productions. Is it the low prices, the convenience, or the comfort in routines or habits? Even as adults, we have this attachment to a food that we essentialy know nothing about: where it came from, how long it traveled, who touched it, or what went into it. The article “Declare Your Independence” talks about how we can take back control of these factors by “planting gardens, buying local, or buying what is in season.” The article makes one very strong point stating “people getting sick from food aren’t getting it from their neighbors; they are getting it from USDA-approved, industrially produced… pseudo-food…” While fast food is an option for people in financial trouble, the majority choose not to know what is in their food, even though people get sick from industrial food not natural, home cooked food and people build habits around drive-thrus and quick food options.
A lot of people grew up going out to fast food restaurants and built habits in their life around going to those types of restaurants.
The convenience of fast food often adds up to be very costly when compared to buying groceries due to the absentmindeness of swiping your card in a quick drive-thru.
The ignorance is bliss montra is extremely prevalent in the fast food industry because if people really knew how the food got from field to plate they may be very unhappy.

Instructions Learning Objective In this assignment you will build on the prior

Instructions
Learning Objective
In this assignment you will build on the prior research assignments in class to develop a full literature review. The literature review will be focused on the topic you have been developing and will incorporate components from the topic brief, literature search, and annotated bibliography.
Upon successful completion of this assignment, students will be able to:
Use academic search databases to identify literature related to a selected topic (KRDN 1.1)*.
Compare strengths and limitations of research designs.
Generate research hypotheses.
Describe Body of Knowledge of Family and Consumer Sciences.
Instructions:
Literature review should include a minimum of 6 articles and be organized to support key themes supporting your research question.
Include 2-3 themes if using a thematic approach
Submit the full txt PDF of all 6 articles along with the Literature review.
Outline:
Introduction to topic and empirical research question (base this on your topic brief)
Body of Literature Review
Next steps
Reflection
Use APA format for this paper. Please use 1-inch margins, Times New Roman 12-point font. The literature review must not be longer than 5 pages. You should not include a cover page. References should be included if external sources are used, but references will not count in the page count.
Use APA citation style for in-text citations (e.g., you should be making direct connections to the material from this course including the textbook and the readings we have completed so far.) and the reference list.

6-7 pages minimum (1700-2000 words): Essay three is a revision and extension of

6-7 pages minimum (1700-2000 words): Essay three is a revision and extension of essay two and MUST include five claims, minimum, as well as engagement with at least five outside sources,
Food Convenience
Attachment to convenience
Modified foods
Grocery money vs dollar menu money
Quality of shopping vs quality of fast food
Paying for convenience vs paying for quality
Habits addictions attachments
Ignorance is bliss (not knowing/ not wanting to know) where food comes from/ processes used
5 sources
Agrarian Dreams: The Paradox of Organic Farming in California
Labor and the Locavore: The Making of a Comprehensive Food Ethic
Slaughterhouse: The Shocking Story of Greed, Neglect, and Inhumane Treatment inside the U.S.
Eat This Book: A Carnivore’s Manifesto
What the Health
Rotten
The Jungle
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
When you think of your childhood and food, specifically eating out in town, what do you think of? The answer is likely fast food places like Mcdonald’s, Burger King, or Wendy’s. We found joy in these ever growing fast food chains as kids. Why wouldn’t we? They have chicken nuggets, unlimited refills, and playgrounds inside. The question is, why do we, as adults, still find ourselves compelled to these industrial productions. Is it the low prices, the convenience, or the comfort in routines or habits? Even as adults, we have this attachment to a food that we essentialy know nothing about: where it came from, how long it traveled, who touched it, or what went into it. The article “Declare Your Independence” talks about how we can take back control of these factors by “planting gardens, buying local, or buying what is in season.” The article makes one very strong point stating “people getting sick from food aren’t getting it from their neighbors; they are getting it from USDA-approved, industrially produced… pseudo-food…” While fast food is an option for people in financial trouble, the majority choose not to know what is in their food, even though people get sick from industrial food not natural, home cooked food and people build habits around drive-thrus and quick food options.
A lot of people grew up going out to fast food restaurants and built habits in their life around going to those types of restaurants.
The convenience of fast food often adds up to be very costly when compared to buying groceries due to the absentmindeness of swiping your card in a quick drive-thru.
The ignorance is bliss montra is extremely prevalent in the fast food industry because if people really knew how the food got from field to plate they may be very unhappy.