HLT6300 Issues and Trends in Nutrition Behavior

Course Overview

Educational Level: Graduate, Master
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Lorna Shepherd Hylledig

Course Description:

Personal factors, cultural influences, and society impact nutrition behaviors and food-related ministries. Perspectives of supporters, skeptics, and major players in global nutrition provide insight into current issues and trends. Selected readings and videos give insight into the complex interactions of health, nutrition, culture, and politics.

How This Course Benefits Students:

Many factors influence nutrition behaviors, including the availability of food. Students investigate the past and present socio-political, cultural, economic influences upon nutrition behaviors, as well as individual factors. Students will be introduced to basic tools to assess nutrition, as well as motivational interviewing and other culturally relevant strategies to promote positive changes. Implications to food ministries are woven throughout, including biblical perspectives on nutrition and a Christians responsibility as a role model.

Why This Course Is Important:

Food is both necessary, and yet can be addictive. Lack of food resources, as well as an overabundance can drive behavior in ways that negatively impact health. This course is designed to help prepare the lay person interested in establishing a food-related ministry by understanding nutrition-related motivations and behaviors, as well as issues and trends.