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Nutrition in Education
EEND and MSED-732

  • Template 2017
  • Section TMPL
  • 3 Credits
  • 09/13/2017 to 07/29/2100
  • Modified 10/27/2022

Mission Statement

As a Catholic university rooted in the liberal arts, we are a welcoming community of learners challenged by Franciscan values and charism, engaged in a continuous pursuit of knowledge, faith, wisdom, and justice, and ever mindful of a tradition that emphasizes reverence for creation, compassion and peacemaking. We strive for academic excellence in all programs, preparing women and men to contribute to the world through service and leadership. 


Course focuses on current concepts of nutrition and the integration of these concepts into human health. Candidates will conduct an examination of daily nutrition behaviors and their direct impact at each stage of development. Through self-evaluation and analysis of government supported daily food guidelines, candidates will recognize the distinct correlation between sound nutrition choices and an overall healthy lifestyle. Other current topics such as youth and obesity, fad dieting, and obesity prevention programs will be examined.


College of Education Mission

The mission of the College of Education is to prepare competent and caring educators who understand students, serve the community and develop professionally to become ethical decision-makers and leaders.

Understanding Students

Candidates will be able to assist students in integrating healthy nutrition choices into daily routines.

Serving the Community

Candidates will identify community resources and school related support structures that may assist in providing and promoting healthy lifestyles.

Finding Our Professional Selves

Candidates will strengthen their knowledge of the importance of positive daily nutrition as part of an overall healthy lifestyle.


Access to standards referenced in this section can be found HERE

By the conclusion of this course, each participant will be able to do the following:

  1. Identify sources and functions of various nutrients. (HETE: 1a, 1d)
  2. Apply principles of dietary planning in making healthy food choices to address individual needs. (HETE: 1a, 1b, 1d)
  3. Demonstrate the relationship between nutrition and health. (HETE: 1a, 1d)
  4. Analyze social, familial, cultural, etc. factors that impact dietary habits and nutritional status. (HETE: 1a, 1b, 2d)
  5. Identify the elements impacting food safety such as foodborne illnesses, pesticides and food additives. (HETE: 1a, 1d)
  6. Demonstrate the ability to interpret food labels and evaluate market descriptions and claims about nutrition. (HETE: 1a, 1d, 2b, 2c, 2f, 3a–3c, 4c)
  7. Analyze changes in nutritional requirements throughout the life cycle. (HETE: 1a, 1d)
  8. Identify various technology tools to assist individuals with nutritional/caloric monitoring. (HETE: 1a, 1d, 2b, 2f, 3a–3c, 4a)


Discussions and Website Investigations

Candidates will respond and reflect upon various discussion prompts and website investigations related to the examination of daily nutrition behaviors and healthy lifestyle choices.

  • Course Outcomes: 2,4,7,8
  • Standards 1a, 1b, 1d, 2b, 2d, 2f, 3a–3c, 4a

Nutrients in Food Categories

Candidates will investigate nutritional website and differentiate between various nutritional needs, dependent upon various life stages.

  • Course Outcomes: 1, 2, 3
  • Standards 1a, 1b, 1d

HEED Dietary Assessment/Readiness and Goal Setting

Candidates will complete a personal dietary assessment based upon current habits and develop multiple goals to promote healthier food choices.

  • Course Outcomes: 2, 3, 4, 7
  • Standards 1a, 1b, 1d, 2d

Technology and Weight Management

Candidates will identify various trending technology tools to assist in an individual’s nutritional/dieting goals.

  • Course Outcomes: 8
  • Standards 1a, 1d, 2b, 2f, 3a–3c, 4a

Lesson Plan on Eating Disorders

Candidates will create applicable lessons to address various topics related eating disorders and/or personalized nutritional disorders.  

  • Course Outcomes: 3,
  • Standards 1a, 1d

Influence of Poor Diet on Disease

Candidates will reflect upon various eating habits around the world or in their community and summarize exposure to toxic foods and eating patterns that are reported. Additional investigation into obesity issues and prevention programs will be addressed.

  • Course Outcomes: 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Standards 1a, 1b, 1d, 2d

Food Label Activity

Candidates will develop an interactive worksheet for students in the classroom to further understand how to properly analyze and read a nutrition label.  

  • Course Outcomes: 1, 6
  • Standards 1a, 1d, 2b, 2c, 2f, 3a–3c, 4c

Healthy Shopping Strategies

Candidates will compare/contracts food options while eating out being able to create and determine healthier options.  

  • Course Outcomes: 1, 3, 6
  • Standards 1a, 1d, 2b, 2d, 2f, 3a–3c, 4c

Final Assessment:  HEED Reassessment and Reflection

Candidates will revisit and reflect upon their HEED assessment and determine if they met their personalized nutritional goals.  

  • Course Outcomes: 2, 4
  • Standards  1a, 1b, 1d, 2d

Institutional Policies

Students should use the USF portal as the first resource for guidance and support on items such as student complaints, safety, security and transportation questions, contact information for various USF departments, student support services such as counseling and academic resources. Information on these resources can be found in the For Students section of the USF portal.

  • A complete listing of university policies and procedures can be found in the University of St. Francis Catalog and Student Handbooks. Students are expected to follow all policies in the USF Catalog and Student Handbook, both of which can be found in the student portal.
  • Students are expected to be familiar with and follow the various procedures and guidelines regarding USF’s COVID-19 Response, including the USF Preparedness Plan and other materials incorporated in the Saints United resource hub (
  • Policies not covered in this document will be handled in accordance with the USF Catalog, Student Handbook, and Program Handbook as applicable.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity requires that all academic work be wholly the product of an identified individual or individuals. Collaboration is only acceptable when it is explicitly acknowledged. Ethical conduct is the obligation of every member of the University community, and breaches of academic integrity constitute serious offenses. Since a lack of integrity hinders the student’s academic development, it cannot be tolerated under any circumstances. Violations include but are not limited to: cheating, fabrication, facilitating academic dishonesty, plagiarism, and denying others access to information or material. See the University of St. Francis Catalog for further clarification and information on grievance procedures.

Services and Accommodations for Students with Disabilities (ADA)

The University strives to be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA). A student who requires special accommodations or arrangements due to a disability should contact the Office of Disability Services. This contact preferably should occur no later than the first week of classes. Early contact before the semester starts is encouraged to allow sufficient time to provide accommodations. Extra time is needed for some types of accommodations such as sign language interpreters or special text formatting. Should a need arrive after the start of a semester; the student is encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Services as soon as possible. Note that accommodations are not retroactive. Each case will be reviewed on an individual basis to determine reasonable and appropriate accommodations.

USF is committed to ensuring the full participation of all students in its programs, regardless of the course format. If you have a documented disability and need a reasonable accommodation to participate in a course, complete course requirements, or benefit from the University’s programs or services, please contact the Office of Disability Services at 815-740-3631 or [email protected] . The Office of Disability Services is in the Academic Resource Center (ARC) and is located on the second floor of the LaVerne and Dorothy Brown Library in room L214. Consultations are welcome, please contact the Office of Disability Services for an appointment.

Technology Support

If you are experiencing any difficulty using Canvas or need technical assistance, you have several options to receive support:

  1. 24x7 Live Canvas Support. Canvas has a 24 hour support by clicking on ? Help while in Canvas. You can Chat with Canvas Support, Report a Problem, or call the Canvas Support Hotline. If you experience technical difficulties or have a question about Canvas, you can receive support 24 hours a day seven (7) days a week through the Canvas help menu. From the help menu; select Report a Problem to send an email support request, select Chat with Canvas Support (Student) for a “live” text-based click-to-chat session, or to speak to someone directly use the toll-free number listed under the Canvas Support Hotline (Student). NOTE: Responses to Canvas’ email based Report a Problem request system will go to your USF email account, NOT your personal email.
  2. Online Self-Service Help Resources. A student user guide and other resources for solving issues related to Canvas can be found at
  3. You can phone the Technology Support Center for personal help at (815) 768-8324 or (866) 337-1497 (toll-free) between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM Central Standard Time, Monday through Friday or fill out a Technology Support Center ticket and select Canvas/Online courses as the component.

For any technical support issues that are not related to Canvas, you can also contact the USF Technology Support Center (TSC). You can reach them via:

Academic Support Services

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) located in Room L214 in the Library (815-740-5060) offers various types of academic services.  Online and distance learning students can contact ARC for appropriate resources.  ARC serves students who need tutoring in many areas of study including writing and math.  Library services include a number of online services and full text databases.  Call the Library at 815-740-5041 for additional information.  If you need academic-related resources or assistance, please contact the Academic Resource Center.