Week 4 marked the beginning of Nutrition 102. We examined dietary needs at every stage of life: infancy, childhood, teenage years, adulthood, and elderly. What we eat and how much we eat is contingent upon where we are in our various stages of development.We also studied the connection between nutrition and disease prevention. Foods have the power to hurt and to heal. One of our class mantras is "even too much of a good thing is bad". Balanced, healthy diets create the best environment in the body for optimal health. Eating enough of the right foods builds the immune system and allows the body to ward off foreign invaders as well as heal itself.
This week, we are looking at the role that exercise plays in managing weight, blood pressure, blood sugar, and overall health. The quality and methods of producing the foods we eat have a direct impact on our collective health and quality of life. On Thursday, our focus will shift to farming and urban gardening.