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Children and Diets
As we have seen this week, children require a balanced diet in order to promote healthy growth. But what happens if the parent goes on a ‘diet’? Will this create an imbalance for their growing child?
TASK 1- RESEARCH
Research the effects that diets can have on children. You can focus on a specific diet (vegan, keto, etc.) or you can focus on dieting in a broad sense.
TASK 2- DISCUSS
In this discussion post are you going to focus on a particular diet or dieting in general? (1 point)
Are there benefits to children following a diet? Why or why not? (5 points)
What are problems with having children follow a diet? Think along the lines of physical, mental, and/or social ramifications. (5 points)
What should a parent do and/or consider if they personally are wanting to go on a diet, but still have to cook for their children? Should their children be involved or not? (4 points)
The post must be at least 250 words. (2 points)
Include at least 1 outside reference, cited in APA format. This reference needs to be cited both in-text and at the end of the post in a reference list. (3 points)
In this assignment we will begin to apply what we have learned about healthy diets and macronutrients.
TASK 1- BRAINSTORM
Imagine that you have a friend or family member that is looking to change some of their nutritional practices (this can either be an actual person in your life or it can be fictitious). What advice would you give them? Make sure to consider the principles of adequacy, balance, calorie control, moderation, and variety.
TASK 2- WRITE-UP
Write a 200+ word response describing the advice that you would give to a family member/friend who is looking to change their nutritional habits. Make sure to address all 5 principles mentioned in Task 1.
Dietary Analysis Assignment 3: Water and Micronutrients
TASK 1- FOOD LOG
You will keep a 3-day food log, where you will record the meals and snacks, along with their nutrients, that you ate throughout each day. You can choose to track this using Cronometer or the provided Word document
This week’s focus: water, sodium, potassium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, calcium, and iron.
You may record carbohydrates, fat, and protein; however, they are not required for this week.
Please see the Everything You Need to Know About- DIETARY ANALYSIS ASSIGNMENTS page for more specific details on this process.
TASK 2- ANALYSIS
Please answer the following questions in complete sentences:
In regard to last week’s ‘challenge’-Did you try your protein swaps? If so, how did it go?
In regard to water-Did you meet the recommendations for water intake? What are considerations that a person needs to make when determining water needs?
What drinks do you mainly drink to meet fluid needs? Do you think that those are healthy choices (caffeine, alcohol, sugar)?
In regard to micronutrients-What is your fruit and vegetable consumption like? Are you meeting recommendations? What are ways that you can increase your consumption?
What were your averages for salt, potassium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, calcium, and iron? Were these values above, below, or at the recommended values? Did these averages surprise you?
Were you taking a multivitamin prior to this course? After seeing these values, do you think you will continue taking the multivitamin or will you start taking a multivitamin? Why or why not?
Looking forward-What are foods that you can start eating in order to increase the above micronutrients (except salt!) in your diet?
What are ways that you can cut back on salt in your diet?
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