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Featured Class: Life Cycle Nutrition

Everyone knows that you are supposed to follow the food pyramid for a healthy diet, but have you ever wondered if your diet should change at different points of your life, or if you need to eat more or less, depending on your age? There is a class the University of Minnesota that is all about healthy eating for your age and body called Life Cycle Nutrition. The class is in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition in College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.

Every person should have a specific diet depending on their age, body composition, immunity, and amount of physical activity. During different parts of the lifecycle, nutritional changes should be made. The course covers everything from sports nutrition for athletes to nutrition for pregnant women.

Students in this class are required to volunteer for five hours at a food-related organization for one of the assignments of the course. The professors recommend many different organizations to volunteer at including Meals on Wheels, a food service for the elderly, and WIC (Women, Infants, and Children), a program that gives groceries to low income pregnant women. Through the volunteering assignment, students get an inside look at how this nutritional knowledge is put to good use.

Another one of the assignments is to complete a "nutritional makeover" for someone with a nutritional problem specific to the lifecycle. For example, a child that is a very picky eater or an athlete that is not getting enough calories out of their diet. Students then write a paper summarizing a solution to the individual's problem.

This class is not only beneficial for nutrition majors, but also anyone that wants to eat healthy and live longer!

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