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UF/IFAS Offers Distance Education Human Nutrition Course

Carole L. Jaworski

Elaine Turner (352) 392-1991, ext. 223

GAINESVILLE – “Fundamentals of Human Nutrition” will be offered this spring through the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences distance education program.

The three-credit course will examine the following basic principles of human nutrition: functions and food sources of nutrients; metabolism of energy sources; role of diet in health and disease; consequences of too much or too little of a substance in the diet; and the influence of life cycle stage on nutrient requirements.

The course may be used to fulfill a general education requirement in biological sciences at UF. It is a required course for all students majoring in food science and human nutrition, health science education and nursing. It is also a recommended elective in exercise and sport science.

A prerequisite for the course includes one college-level course in either biology or chemistry.

Instructor of the course is Elaine Turner, UF assistant professor in nutritional sciences, whose areas of special interest include computer applications in nutrition, nutrition education for the public, and changes in nutritional needs throughout the life cycle.

Course requirements include purchase of two textbooks and a videotape lecture series.

“The advantage to using a videotape lecture series is that you can be in the classroom any time you want,” Turner said. “You can pace yourself, rather than having to be in class for 50 minutes three times a week.”

To receive a catalog of this and other UF/IFAS distance education spring semester courses, which include full course descriptions, enrollment information, deadlines and fees, contact UF/IFAS Communication Services by phone at (352) 392-3893; by fax at (352) 392-3896; or by e-mail at Course descriptions and catalog information can also be found on the World Wide Web at

Pre-registration for spring courses must be completed before December 19, 1997. Classes begin in January.

The videotapes used in this course may also be purchased separately, whether enrolled in the course or not. For more information on that, contact UF/IFAS Publications at (352) 392-1764.