Principles of Human Nutrition: Implications in Rural Healthcare
Alyssa Summers received a grant in the summer of 2015 to develop a community engagement course that showcases context dependent learning of biological concepts involving principles of nutrition on human health. Topics include physiological requirements and functions of protein, energy, and the major vitamins and minerals that are determinants of health and diseases in human populations. These basic concepts will then be applied to current issues faced in society, including the role of diet in malnutrition, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. We will explore these topics within communities in Grundy and Franklin counties. Students will learn through direct engagement with patients in medical clinics, visiting speakers from Erlanger, UTC, community health educators, and practicing dietitians, as well as directed discussions concerning literature reviews about best practices in preventive healthcare, particularly for cardiovascular health and diabetes management in the region.