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Nutrition & Health, Grade 12


Nutrition & Health, Grade 12

This course examines the relationships between food, energy balance, and nutritional status; the nutritional needs of individuals at different stages of life; and the role of nutrition in health and disease. Students will evaluate nutrition-related trends and will determine how food choices can promote food security and environmental responsibility. Students will learn about healthy eating, expand their repertoire of food-preparation techniques, and develop their social science research skills by investigating issues related to nutrition and health.

Prerequisite: Any university or university/college preparation course in social sciences and humanities, English, or Canadian and World Studies.

Course Outline

Module 1 Overview: The Foundations of Health and Nutrition

Guiding Question:
Why is it important to focus on hygiene and cleanliness in the kitchen?

In this module, you will decide on which physical activities you will take part in during this course….and hopefully longer! You may already take part in team sports, that will count as physical activity in the course. We will start by exploring nutritional-related topics and how to ask questions to guide your research. Moving onto examining the risks found in the kitchen and understand how to prevent them. You will also establish the reasons for personal hygiene as the first defense against food-borne illnesses. You will learn about the sources, symptoms, and prevention methods of food-borne illnesses. Finally, we will explore food preparation skills, learn how to understand and use recipes and measurements and complete the module by investigating ingredients used in recipes.

Module 2 Overview: The Secret is in the Equipment, Ingredients and Planning

Guiding Question:
How does kitchen design contribute to health and safety?  How do I plan meals successfully?

In this module, we will look at the importance of good kitchen design that focuses on safety in the kitchen, kitchen appliances that we think are essential in a kitchen and how to measure and use basic ingredients.

Module 3 Overview: It's All Down to Nutrition

Guiding Question:
What is nutrition and where and how do we get our nutrients?

In this module, we will focus on healthy eating and the role that food has on our bodies and how it is processed. We will also explore food guides and how governments use them to support their populations health with the staple foods available.

Module 4 Overview: Nutrition and trends

Guiding Question:
What is the relationship between nutrition, health and disease? What are the current trends and patterns in food production and consumption?

Many factors contribute to our health and we will explore the various areas of healthy nutrition, disease, eating patterns and trends that impact on our lives and influence our diets and lifestyles.  

This module’s focus will be about getting balance in our diets and learning how to be informed in the food and life choices we make.

Module 5 Overview: Canadian and World Food Systems

Guiding Question:
Do you know where your food comes from? Is there a justification in questioning where your food comes from? Can we all impact the future of our food systems by our choices?

In this module we will explore Food Security both nationally and globally. Before we do this, we need to understand the principles, foundations, and history of food production and how we have arrived at this point.

Assessment Breakdown

Course Work, Assignments, and Proctored Tests: 70%
Culminating Independent Study Project: 10%
Final Exam: 20%