Food, Nutrition & Your Health (FoodHlth)

Monday, 13 February 2017Tuesday, 14 March 2017
Dr Nicholas Vardaxis
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Ever wondered what really makes a healthy diet? In Food, Nutrition & Your Health, you will learn the basic concepts of nutrition, as well as how to follow a diet that will protect you from various health problems.

Presenter: Dr Nicholas Vardaxis

Nicholas holds a PhD in Pathology from the University of Melbourne. He has held a number of senior academic posts in many tertiary institutions, including the University of Melbourne, Phillip Institute of Technology and RMIT University, and has also held senior administrative and academic posts in private education providers.

Delivery and support for this course

This free, online course is provided by Open2Study ( and its nominated course provider.

Support services for all Open2Study courses are provided exclusively via the O2S student forums. To avoid undue delays in response, all student enquiries should be directed to Open2study via this method only. State Library Victoria provides access to this course as a service to our online visitors and has no direct involvement in the delivery, management or support for this course.

What's involved?

Module 1: Basic nutrition (9 videos, 8 quizzes, 1 assessment)
Module 2: Dietary intake (9 videos, 8 quizzes, 1 assessment)
Module 3: Eating disorders (8 videos, 7 quizzes, 1 assessment)
Module 4: Healthful nutrition (9 videos, 8 quizzes, 1 assessment)

What will I learn?

• An outline of the chemistry of the basic nutrients, how they are ingested, digested, absorbed and finally egested
• Various ethnic and geographic factors relating to diet
• What metabolism is and how food is utilised to build up body tissues
• How the body is affected by:

  • Under-nutrition
  • Over-nutrition
  • Obesity, and how it contributes to morbidity and mortality

• The biological and psychological factors responsible for abnormal eating patterns
• The characteristics of anorexia and bulimia
• The various other eating disorders commonly observed
• The underlying nutritional fallacies of some of the fad diets
• An understanding of why some diets are good and what the nutritional and health benefits of these are
• How to construct a healthful menu

This course requires approximately 2–4 hours of study per week, but can vary depending on the student. This includes watching videos, and taking quizzes and assessments. The total video time for this course is 4 Hours 24 minutes.

If you pass this course you'll receive a Certificate of Achievement from Open2Study. While this certificate isn't a formal qualification or credit, you can use it to demonstrate your interest in learning about this area to potential employers or educational institutions.

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