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Online course

Nutrition and Wellbeing

Demystify the complex and conflicting messages we hear about nutrition, health and lifestyle today, with this free online course.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Nutrition and Wellbeing

Why join the course?

This free online course will help you understand the scientific basis of human nutrition, and current nutrition concepts and controversies.

It draws on world-leading nutrition experts, to demystify the complex and often conflicting messages we hear about diet and health from sources like the media, food industry and scientific community.

Make informed choices about your own diet and wellbeing

You’ll gain the skills to evaluate nutrition information from varied sources, and apply that knowledge to make informed choices about your own lifestyle, diet and wellbeing.

Each week, we’ll look at a different theme:

The makings of a ‘healthy diet’: What are the principal constituents of food? Which components of your diet can promote wellbeing and reduce the risk of diseases?

Why do we eat what we eat? What are the ‘drivers’ that influence our food choices? How do we make sense of available nutrition information?

Food and disease: Can you really eat your way to health?

Nutrition fads, myths and the plain truth: Is there such a thing as a ‘miracle’ diet? Do ‘superfoods’ exist? Or are our genes to be blamed for our current nutritional habits?

Learn with nutrition experts and share your own experiences

Your guides for this course will be nutrition experts from the University of Aberdeen, who will provide the most up-to-date, science-based information. You will also draw on your own experiences, and share hints and tips with other learners through course discussions.

What topics will you cover?

  • The makings of a ‘healthy diet’: What are the principal constituents of food? Which components of your diet can promote wellbeing and reduce the risk of diseases?
  • Why do we eat what we eat?: What are the ‘drivers’ that influence our food choices? How do we make sense of available nutrition information?
  • Food and disease: Can you really eat your way to health?
  • Nutrition fads, myths and the plain truth: Is there such a thing as a ‘miracle’ diet, or are our genes to be blamed for our current nutritional habits?

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Describe components of a healthy diet
  • Identify principles of healthy eating
  • Apply principles learned to assess their own dietary intake
  • Develop an understanding of good examples of evidence based research
  • Calculate their own Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • Explore the influences on food choice and eating behaviors
  • Identify current nutrition controversies
  • Discuss their own views on food and eating

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in food and wellbeing, and assumes no prior knowledge.

Who will you learn with?

Alex Mavroeidi and Alex Johnstone

Dr Alexandra Mavroeidi is an expert in exercise, nutrition and bone health.

Dr Alexandra Johnstone leads research on appetite across the lifecourse, with recent emphasis on high protein diets.

Who developed the course?

University of Aberdeen is the 3rd oldest Scottish and 5th oldest UK University. With 14500 students from 120 countries, it is a world leader in medical research, energy, environment, law and business.

Buy a personalised, digital and printed certificate and transcript

You can buy a Certificate of Achievement for this course — a personalised certificate and transcript in both digital and printed formats, to prove what you’ve learnt. A Statement of Participation is also available for this course.

Certificate of Achievement + transcript £59.00

Statement of Participation £39.00

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Charges to your account will be made in GBP. Prices in local currency are provided as a convenience and are only an estimate based on current exchange rates.