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Healthy Diet - The Micronutrients

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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 2 (micronutrients) of the course and is essentially the continuation of part 1.

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 micronutrients.


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 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 2 (the micronutrients) of the course and is essentially the continuation of part 1 (the macronutrients).
Module 1 includes a discussion related to added sugars in diet, sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs), and added sugars in cereals.
Module 2 deals with sodium consumption in the form of table salt, and associated health implications (CVD, cancer, osteoporosis), steps involved in the reduction of sodium intake, and the significance of potassium in diet.
Module 3 as the name indicates, details the importance of calcium in diet, the relationship between calcium and osteoporosis, and dietary recommendations regarding calcium intake and bone health.
Module 4 provides an overview of various vitamins and the vitamins necessary for a healthy diet and consequently a healthier lifestyle.
Module 5 includes a comparison of some healthy beverages and their unhealthy counterparts, in terms of their impact on human health.
Module 6 encompasses various low-calorie sweeteners commonly used in the food industry, and some health implications associated with them.
This final exam is mandatory in order to achieve the certificate.
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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-MICRON
Average length: 30 minutes
Effort: 2 - 3 hours
Number of modules: 06
Institution: World Health Organisation
Subject: Healthy Diet
Language: English
Mode: Self-paced
Status: Coming soon

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