The course focuses on theory and research evidence related to achieving and maintaining healthy eating and nutritional status. Students will study the body's normal nutritional needs and recommended daily dietary allowances for calories, protein, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. Students will learn about the body's mechanisms for normal regulation of food intake and energy metabolism and storage. Common health risks associated with excessive and deficient body weight will be examined along with disorders stemming from nutritional compromise. Students will be engaged in course theory to consider important concepts related to determinants of health as they relate to optimal nutritional status.