The Nutrition Source, an extensive website from the Harvard School of Public Heath, covers current topics in public health...
The Nutrition Source, an extensive website from the Harvard School of Public Heath, covers current topics in public health nutrition for the lay audience. It would make a useful supplement for students studying introductory nutrition and for any nutrition course that asks students to keep abreast of current controversies in nutrition.Asking students to compare the Harvard School of Public Health's "Healthy Eating Pyramid" with the U.S.D.A.'s Food Guide Pyramid (MyPyramid.gov) would make an engaging critical-thinking activity.There is also a helpful PDF that shows the teaspoons of sugar in certain beverages http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/healthy-drinks/how-sweet-is-it/index.html . In my online courses, I have an assignment where I ask students to measure out the teaspoons of sugar in a food/beverage, put that into a container, and then take a digital photo of the food next to the container with the sugar. They then upload the photo to the asynchronous discussion board to begin a conversation on the amount of sugar in foods and beverages. This handout will make a useful addition to this exercise.There are also recipes on this site and some are for quantity food service. Not many introductory nutrition texts cover recipes and cooking, so this section of The Nutrition Source website can be highly useful. So many people need help with cooking and easy, nutritious recipe ideas.There is information about evaluating nutrition information in the media http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/nutrition-news/media/index.html, which would be useful for students to read. Since this is a web-based material, it would be ideal if The Nutrition Source expanded this page to include "evaluating online nutrition information," as well.Technical Remarks:The Nutrition Source website is easy to navigate. There is a search function, which is extremely important on such a large website. The site doesn't require Flash or Java.