Human Nutrition and Health
Improving Health Through Food in Modern Times
Did you know that the health of millions of Americans is challenged by preventable diseases? What if I told you that what we eat could change the health of a nation? Nutrition is all about food – what we eat and don’t eat. Future health professionals (doctors, nurses, etc.) will face the obstacle of nutrition head on. Human Nutrition in the Pre-College Summer Program will give you an edge on health and a preview of nutrition that can impact a nation. If you have ever thought about health and how to improve the health of humans, a foundation in nutrition is essential.
In Human Nutrition you will discover…
- How food is processed by the body
- If good and bad foods really exist
- How to impact health through nutrition on a national scale
In this course you will walk away knowing:
- The basics of nutrition science (carbohydrates, fats, proteins- their role)
- What happens when nutrition goes wrong and brings on disease
- What to do about poor nutrition on an individual and large scale
Faculty: Dr. Blackman Carr is an Assistant Professor of Community and Public Health Nutrition in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Connecticut. She conducts research in the area of weight control (weight loss and preventing weight gain) in adults to address obesity, a risk factor for multiple, preventable diseases (ex. heart disease, diabetes, some cancers). The design and conduct of interventions to change dietary and physical activity behaviors are a feature of her work. Dr. Blackman Carr has a special focus on health equity, and aims to address obesity in communities that are most severely affected. Learn more about her here: http://nusc.uconn.edu/people-faculty-blackman_carr.php.