Nutrition, Fitness, and Physiology
High School Science
This course is designed for students who are interested in dietary and fitness guidelines which promote overall physical and emotional wellness. Students will learn enough about their nutritional and health status to personalize this information rather than follow every guideline issued for an entire population. The studies will include such topics as: why we need fats, proteins, and carbohydrates; what are vitamins and minerals and how much of them do we need; how does the human body process food; how to read food labels; how to plan healthful meals; and how to make good food choices while eating out. Throughout the course there will be a special emphasis on the importance of exercise, types of exercise available, and the benefits of regular exercise. In addition, this course will cover aspects of physiology such as digestion and absorption, insulin regulation, and energy production. The course will teach why diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and hypertension are rapidly becoming more common among teens. Lastly, this course would not be complete without discussing eating disorders, food intolerances, celiac disease, weight management, sports nutrition, osteoporosis, and the role of managing daily stress.