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Healthy Diet - The Macronutrients

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Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) are facing a double burden of disease, with evidence of high prevalence of household food insecurity and childhood micronutrient deficiencies, coupled with high adult obesity rates, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). Many of these problems can be attributed to the overall poor quality of diets consumed by major sections of the population. The dietary trends in the PICTs have experienced a major shift away from the traditional low-fat diets, with increasing dependence on energy-dense but nutritionally poor processed foods. The course has been designed to highlight the significance of healthy diet in promoting and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and to bring the dietary trends more in line with the Healthy Islands Vision.
Keeping in view the length of the course and to ensure a rich learning experience, the course has been divided into two parts, part 1 (the macronutrients) and part 2 (the micronutrients). This section deals with part 1 (macronutrients) of the course.

Key Features of the Course


After completing the Healthy Diet course, the students shall be able to:

  • Understand what generally constitutes a healthy diet.
  • Understand the concept of healthy eating plate.
  • Develop the knowledge about the dietary components that constitute the macronutrients.


Modules

The course has been designed to highlight the significance of healthy diet in promoting and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and to bring the dietary trends more in line with the Healthy Islands Vision. Keeping in view the length of the course and to ensure a profound learning experience, the course has been divided into two parts, part 1 (the macronutrients) and part 2 (the micronutrients). This section deals with part 1 (the macronutrients) of the course.
Module 1 presents a general introduction of what is included in a healthy diet, as well as the significance of promoting the healthy diets.
Module 2 deals with the concept of the healthy eating plate proposed by the nutrition experts at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.
Module 3 encompasses the vegetables and fruits section of a healthy diet plan, and their correlation with cardiovascular disease (CVD), blood pressure, cancer, diabetes, weight, gastrointestinal health, and vision.
Module 4 covers the nutritional aspects associated with whole grains, whole grain components and their health benefits, dietary recommendations, and association between whole grains consumption and type 2 diabetes, cancer and digestive health, and the truths and myths surrounding gluten.
Module 5 details the significance of consumption of proteins, and their association with the chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease (CVD), diabetes, cancer, and osteoporosis.
Module 6 deals with another macronutrient component of what constitutes a healthy diet. The module includes topics such as carbohydrates and the blood sugar, glycemic index, glycemic load, dietary fiber, and health implications surrounding the intake of dietary fiber, and heart disease, diabetes, diverticular disease, constipation, colon cancer, breast cancer, as well as the significance of the low carbohydrate diets.
Module 7 covers topics related to various types of fats, cholesterol and its relationship with blood, and dietary fat and diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other chronic conditions.
This final exam is mandatory in order to achieve the certificate.
Important: In order to access the completion certificate, the students need to complete the feedback, course evaluation and survey forms. Please click on the following links to submit these forms.

How It Works

Study Material

This self-paced course has been designed in a manner that enhances understanding of the core concepts and provides easy to access learning materials. The course uses a range of study material such as pre-recorded videos, lecture slides, quizzes and assignments, and is developed by a team of dedicated health education experts.

Getting Help

Connect with other students through the discussion forum, where you can easily discuss the course or debate the ideas. Need more help? Your instructors are also available online to answer any questions you might have.

Extend Your Career with a Verified Certificate

POLHN self-paced courses are recognised by Pacific Ministries of Health. Once you have successfully completed the course, you will receive an official certificate. This certificate can be used for credit to gain CPD points.

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Course Summary

Course code: HD-MACRON
Average module length: 30 minutes
Total course time: 3 - 4 hours
Number of modules: 07
Institution: POLHN
Subject: Healthy Diet
Language: English
Mode: Self-paced
Status: Coming soon

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