Nutrition for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

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Nutrition for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

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This course covers the basics of normal nutrition for optimal health outcomes and evidence-based diets for a variety of diseases.
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2/10 starsCompleted
  • 15 reviews
  • 13 completed
6 years, 2 months ago
Sadly, I was disappointed by this course. The material was solid, but the take-away message is what most grammar-school children learn in Health & Nutrition class. So, I guess if you never paid attention in school and don't know that you're supposed to fill your plate with whole grains, vegetables, a small portion of protein, watch your fats and sugary drinks and you want to spend 6 weeks learning that, go for it. This is the first course I've taken which the instructor was glued to the teleprompter which made it very disconcerting. Especially as she waited staring at the screen while the page cleared. Awkwaaaard. I enjoy more engaging profs so I found the presentation really boring. Having said that, perhaps Dr. Ferraro has stage fright or social anxiety disorder so other methods of presenting the material just might not work for her or perhaps this is the way the course was designed outside of her control. But, I really would have ... Sadly, I was disappointed by this course. The material was solid, but the take-away message is what most grammar-school children learn in Health & Nutrition class. So, I guess if you never paid attention in school and don't know that you're supposed to fill your plate with whole grains, vegetables, a small portion of protein, watch your fats and sugary drinks and you want to spend 6 weeks learning that, go for it. This is the first course I've taken which the instructor was glued to the teleprompter which made it very disconcerting. Especially as she waited staring at the screen while the page cleared. Awkwaaaard. I enjoy more engaging profs so I found the presentation really boring. Having said that, perhaps Dr. Ferraro has stage fright or social anxiety disorder so other methods of presenting the material just might not work for her or perhaps this is the way the course was designed outside of her control. But, I really would have liked to have heard what she would say if she were speaking to the class more informally as some of the other Coursera instructors do. Alternately, it might have been more comfortable for everyone if she simply spoke over slides as the course I took through Johns Hopkins did. I did like the weeks separated into Health Prevention/Promotion subjects...Diabetes, Obesity, Cancer, Heart Disease, etc. I was disappointed in the week on Gastrointestinal Problems as it didn't feature Crohn's or Colitis, and hopes of learning more dietary support for those conditions was one of the main reasons I initially signed up for the course. I was also disappointed in the week on Obesity as I was hoping Ms. Ferraro would have a better message than the already failed "eat less, exercise more" method. Also very concerned that she featured a segment on bariatric surgery without thoroughly covering the vital facts about lifelong vitamin/mineral supplementation required by many who've had the surgery. As one who works with Health At Every Size in order to encourage everyone, regardless of size, to eat whole, real foods and exercise for fun and enjoyment rather as punishment, I was happy to see that Dr Linda Bacon was featured. Dr Robert Lustig's presentation was also brilliant. It would have been great to have seen the segment on Eating Disorders closely tied to the societal pressures of avoiding obesity as much as control and perfectionism. It would have worked very well with the HAES presentation. I won't say that I felt I wasted the weeks I spent doing this course, but I didn't learn anything new and helpful to me. For those who don't have a clue about how your body processes food, what foods you *should* be eating and the basics of food + disease, I'd recommend this course. For anyone who is already conscious about eating whole foods, or who knows how to search the internet for reliable sources on what to eat for best dietary control of your special-needs diet, you might want to wait for another course to come along.
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9/10 starsCompleted
  • 33 reviews
  • 31 completed
5 years, 5 months ago
Probably the best of the nutrition courses out there as the material is well- delivered, well-organized and packed with useful information for the general public to adopt - Information that is based on solid evidence-based research. Course could have been even stronger if the instructor had either participated in some of the discussion threads or at least responded to them or even invited students to pose questions to her and she could answer a selection in a video clip. This, i feel, is important as nutrition is a field that is hotly contested as many people carry all sorts of misinformation.
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8/10 starsCompleted
  • 6 reviews
  • 6 completed
5 years, 7 months ago
The course is really and the way it was made was really good. The information provided was accurate and precise. I really enjoyed it! Thanks UCSF hope to be there after graduation!
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8/10 starsCompleted
  • 16 reviews
  • 16 completed
6 years ago
I didn't spend much time on the forums, so I didn't become wrapped up in the forum arguments that some of the other reviewers seemed to have been. I enjoyed this course very much. There was a great guest lecturer about fiber. Miss Ferraro had a funny stilted way of talking. One of the other reviewers said it was because she was using a teleprompter. I guess that makes sense, but I wasn't thinking about the reason 'for' her speaking that much. Anyway, the peer assignments were the most time consuming thing in the course, with the final one requiring you to make a recipe and analyze its health benefits (you had to post pictures of it too). One bad thing was that much of the course felt like a laundry list of different organizations eating charts they created, and Miss Ferraro was just going through them all. There was a lot of research data interspersed, but sometimes it wasn't enough between all the eating charts. It's a very heavy da... I didn't spend much time on the forums, so I didn't become wrapped up in the forum arguments that some of the other reviewers seemed to have been. I enjoyed this course very much. There was a great guest lecturer about fiber. Miss Ferraro had a funny stilted way of talking. One of the other reviewers said it was because she was using a teleprompter. I guess that makes sense, but I wasn't thinking about the reason 'for' her speaking that much. Anyway, the peer assignments were the most time consuming thing in the course, with the final one requiring you to make a recipe and analyze its health benefits (you had to post pictures of it too). One bad thing was that much of the course felt like a laundry list of different organizations eating charts they created, and Miss Ferraro was just going through them all. There was a lot of research data interspersed, but sometimes it wasn't enough between all the eating charts. It's a very heavy data driven course, and Miss Ferraro gracefully avoids falling into the many controversial health areas -- although the forum was full of these!!! Recommended course. Learned a lot.
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9/10 starsCompleted
  • 14 reviews
  • 13 completed
6 years ago
This is a well balanced course on how nutrition impacts health. The instructor (Ferraro) did a great job presenting the material, which included topics on cancer, heart disease, gastro-intestinal tract, obesity, diabetes, etc. The assignments were balanced and included weekly quizzes and 2 peer review assignments. The course included several guest lecturers, and one of them from Dr. Lustig provided an insightful presentation on the heath dangers of fructose consumption (without any fiber), which was an eye opener for me.
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1/10 starsCompleted
  • 12 reviews
  • 11 completed
6 years, 2 months ago
This course was a huge disappointment. One of the topics in the lecture was Obesity, The very first line of that weeks first video in the opening statement the instructor made a joke about this topic, I thought is was in bad taste and very unprofessional. I was going to say maybe I was reading to much into it; However, a student made a post on the forums about the very joke I am referring to, The instructor actually commented in this thread and said it was intended. There was also guest speakers on the topic above. One of those guest speakers was subject to verbal attacks on the forums by students, on her character, her weight and how her lecture was only to support her unhealthy lifestyle and finally students questioned her professional credentials, PHD's and her knowledge of the subject of which she spoke. The Instructor did not step in to defend even her own guest speaker whom she choose to have speak. Yes this course was differen... This course was a huge disappointment. One of the topics in the lecture was Obesity, The very first line of that weeks first video in the opening statement the instructor made a joke about this topic, I thought is was in bad taste and very unprofessional. I was going to say maybe I was reading to much into it; However, a student made a post on the forums about the very joke I am referring to, The instructor actually commented in this thread and said it was intended. There was also guest speakers on the topic above. One of those guest speakers was subject to verbal attacks on the forums by students, on her character, her weight and how her lecture was only to support her unhealthy lifestyle and finally students questioned her professional credentials, PHD's and her knowledge of the subject of which she spoke. The Instructor did not step in to defend even her own guest speaker whom she choose to have speak. Yes this course was different than I expected. I expected it to be professional and like the courses I have taken so far which, it is not I will not be taking another class from University of California, San Francisco again as it appears that this university approves of this type of unprofessional behavior. To be fair I did learn somethings from this class and for that I am glad as I can walk away not feeling that it was a total waste of time, This class did require more time than the course description stated, the peer assignments were at fault for this, It took me an average of three to four hours for each peer assignment, not counting the weekly lectures and quizzes. I have problem when it comes to peer reviews, you could have someone grading a paper that has less knowledge on the material than the person they are grading or the other way around. A student might be grading a paper of someone who has better language skills than the person grading it and if it's the other way around you can get people who down grade a paper because of poor grammar etc, the point is that in a peer review journal you are being reviewed by peers who have the same understanding and knowledge or close to the same knowledge as the person they are reviewing and I don't think that is possible in an online class. We are students not teachers and therefore some of use have more or less knowledge than each other on these subjects. You could also have people who would graded down a paper because of racism or hatred for another culture.
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1/10 starsCompleted
  • 5 reviews
  • 5 completed
6 years, 2 months ago
Dropped this class as it was unbalanced and the team did not respond to issues in a well rounded manner. Not professional in some respects and had no desire to spend anymore time vested in the materials.
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6/10 starsCompleted
  • 1 review
  • 1 completed
6 years, 2 months ago
This course has high quality lectures presented by an excellent instructor. In addition, if you watch the lectures on double speed like I did, it really was not that much work per week outside of the peer reviews. I am only giving the course 3 stars however, because it turns out that the material was relatively boring to me. I guess the main thing that I learned is that there really isn't a whole lot of good scientific evidence for how nutrition affects one's overall health beyond things that most people already know (eat your vegetables, keep down the trans-fats, etc). Even questions that I thought would be answered, such as how sugar consumption affects the development of diabetes weren't answered clearly -- not because of the instructor, but because SCIENCE hasn't answered them clearly. There were multiple contradictory viewpoints presented regarding the above question, but for my purposes as a casual consumer that doesn't really ... This course has high quality lectures presented by an excellent instructor. In addition, if you watch the lectures on double speed like I did, it really was not that much work per week outside of the peer reviews. I am only giving the course 3 stars however, because it turns out that the material was relatively boring to me. I guess the main thing that I learned is that there really isn't a whole lot of good scientific evidence for how nutrition affects one's overall health beyond things that most people already know (eat your vegetables, keep down the trans-fats, etc). Even questions that I thought would be answered, such as how sugar consumption affects the development of diabetes weren't answered clearly -- not because of the instructor, but because SCIENCE hasn't answered them clearly. There were multiple contradictory viewpoints presented regarding the above question, but for my purposes as a casual consumer that doesn't really help. I am also not sure that this class would be that great for a practicing clinician only because the assignments aren't really on par for a professional. The peer assessments, while fun, were basically high school level -- they would almost certainly be a waste of time to anyone trying to learn the material in-depth. On the other hand, I expect to forget at least 85% of the material I learned in the coming weeks, because I didn't make a very strong effort to memorize the facts that were presented. This is a facts course, not a critical thinking course, which is okay, but be aware that you won't get much out of it unless you try to memorize the material. I would say that this class would be useful to a professional only if you make a stringent effort to memorize the material that is presented and do outside readings (which is otherwise not required) and ignore the peer assessments (voiding the possibility of a certificate...meh). [Also, regarding the other review that said that Katie made a joke about obesity...I have no recollection of this occurring. Everything was crisp and professional as I recall. The forums definitely had some nasty comments however...]
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8/10 starsCompleted
  • 1 review
  • 1 completed
6 years, 2 months ago
This course is well balanced and current in the face of all the new research coming available. The emphasis on the importance of evidence based information is helpful in the emotionally laden world of food preferences. Instructions for assignments were clear. The multicultural potluck assignment is a brilliant tool for student engagement. The forums were less useful than I hoped but inspiring because of the variety of students from around the globe participating. Lectures are presented in a manner that is accessible to any educational background.
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9/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 2 months ago
I loved this course. I learnt so much. The lectures were clear and easily understood. If there were a part 2 at any stage I would sign up imediately
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7/10 starsCompleted
  • 1 review
  • 1 completed
6 years, 2 months ago
Enjoyed this class. This was my first coursera class, I wasn't sure what to expect. I found most lessons to be informative and easy to distinguish the difference between what was being taught as fact and what was opinion.
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10/10 starsCompleted
  • 10 reviews
  • 9 completed
6 years, 2 months ago
I enjoyed this course and learned so much! The quality of the videos and materials in general was fantastic. It was easy to believe that she was sitting just in front of you, talking to you. I only wished she spoke a tiny bit slower, because it was difficult to make notes and listen at the same time. I loved the fact that all the material in the course was based on research. I particularly enjoyed that the HEAS element was introduced to the course - emphasizing that there are various approaches and that sometimes fighting your body too much makes it difficult to keep healthy. Peer assessments were definitely a bright spot, even though they were very time- consuming. I would like to congratulate the University of California, San Francisco, and Katie Ferraro - it was a fantastic course and I would gladly attend another one of theirs.
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