A balanced diet, along with at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise at least 3 times per week, is essential to health. This includes eating a balance of vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, lipids, and protein from all of the main food groups. But, accomplishing this is easier said than done in a busy world full of non-nutritious convenience foods. The presence of temptation can overpower even the most health conscious consumer. Check your diet against the recommendations for your age, life stage, and activity level and see how your diet stacks up.
The outcomes to be assessed in this activity are:
Compare dietary guideline recommendations for various food groups to your own diet (CO#4)
Evaluate a patients diet and discuss the impact it has on the systems of the body (CO#4)
Image of the my plate USDA logo with a plate divided into four segments. The largest, vegetables, followed by proteins, grains, and fruit in decreasing size. Next to the plate is a circle with the word dairy (the smallest of the 5 portions).
An active discussion is the key to an interesting and engaging online course. Discussion in this course is designed to simulate a classroom discussion. As others join in the discussion, you should read what has already been posted and continue on with the discussion from there. We will go through the questions one at a time, moving on to the next question once we have fully explored the current question. I will guide you through the discussions.
First, lets start with questions based on your opinion:
Why is it important to closely monitor your diet? Do you do so already? If no, why not?
For your initial post, you will:
Track your diet for at least 48 hours. Write everything down that you put into your mouth, including beverages.
If you drink coffee, for example, include that and indicate whether or not you add cream and sugar.
Then, visit the Choose My Plate (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. web site from the United States Department of Agriculture and evaluate your diet.
Then, write your post by answering the following question:
Did your diet include the appropriate balance of the food groups: vegetables, fruits, grains, proteins, and dairy?
If your diet was too heavy in one area or too light in another, what were the areas? (Dont forget that just because the new food guide doesnt include sweets on the plate, doesnt mean we shouldnt track those, so be sure to include them in your post)
To reply, choose two of your peers posts to respond to. Act as if they are your patient and you are providing a nutritional consult. What food groups within their diet require adjustment? Why? Explain to your peers the significance of each food group to the health of the body, including specific organ systems.
This discussion will be graded using a rubric. Please review this rubric prior to beginning the discussion. You can view the rubric by clicking on \”Discussion Rubric\” on the Course Rubrics page within the Start Here module. All discussions combined are worth 30% of your final course grade.
Consult the Discussion Posting Guide for information about writing your discussion posts. It is recommended that you write your post in a document first. Check your work and correct any spelling or grammatical errors. When you are ready to make your initial post, click on \”Reply.\” Then copy/paste the text into the message field, and click Post Reply.
To respond to a peer, click Reply beneath her or his post and continue as with an initial post.
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