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Nutrition for Health and Sustainability

Learn what makes up a healthy, sustainable diet and how certain food types can help to treat and prevent disease.

Course information


3 weeks

Weekly duration

4 hours


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This course is free for 3 weeks, from the moment you start.

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About : Explore the relationship between health, nutrition, and sustainability

On this course, learners will look at what makes up a healthy diet, and see what types of foods play a crucial part in preventing diseases and improving wellbeing, and gain knowledge on the relationship between food and disease. They will also reflect on the possible biological, social, and psychological causes of unhealthy eating patterns, and interpret the importance of evidence-based nutrition.

By understanding the link between food, nutrition, diets, and sustainability, they will be able to effectively assess human health at different life stages.

Advantages :

By the end of the course, learners will be able to...

  • Reflect on the possible causes (biological, social, psychological) of unhealthy eating patterns
  • Assess the current healthy guidelines and describe how they can be applied to different population groups
  • Describe which types of foods are essential for health and wellbeing and summarise their important role in treating/preventing disease
  • Describe the causes of unsustainable food production and consumption patterns
  • Explain the effects of food on the body, society and the planet and compare their impacts on healthcare practices
  • Explain the relationship between food, nutrition, diets and human health in the context of sustainability

You will be able to effectively assess human health at different life stages.

Structure & Modules : What are you going to learn over 3 weeks?

Week 1

  • Why do we need to rethink our diets?
  • Welcome to the course
  • Diets and society
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Putting it into practice
  • Week 1 wrap-up

Week 2

  • The role of diet in health
  • Diets to prevent diseases
  • Diet and non-communicable diseases
  • Putting it into practice
  • Review & reflect

Week 3

  • Sustainable diet for healthy humans and planet
  • Diets for healthy living
  • Diet and food systems
  • Diet to save the planet
  • Putting it into practice
  • Course summary

Partners : Where can you find this course?

Future Learn

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Programme Manager :

Pamela Pokorny

Pamela Pokorny

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