Track 1. Nutrition Science:
Nutrition Science is the study of nutrients in food, how the body uses nutrients, and the relationship between diet, health, and disease. It’s a multi-faceted field that is rooted in chemistry, biology, and the social sciences, with many areas of specialization. Nutrition science also consists of the study of behaviors and social factors associated to food choices.
Human body requires six classes of nutrients:
- Fats and fatty acids
These nutrient classes can be further broken down into two categories – macronutrients and micronutrients.
Track 2. Food and Nutrition Surveillance:
The concept of nutritional surveillance is derived from disease surveillance, and means to watch over nutrition, in order to make decisions that lead to improvements in nutrition in populations. Three distinct objectives have been defined for surveillance systems, primarily in relation to problems of malnutrition in developing countries: to aid long-term planning in health and development; to provide input for programmed management and evaluation; and to give timely warning of the need for intervention to prevent critical deteriorations in food consumption.
Track 3. Adequate Nutrition:
Adequate nutrition is defined as “able to fulfill a need or requirement without being abundant”. This means that a diet focused on variety, eating fruits and vegetables, and choosing lean protein contributes to an active immune system during times of infection. is incredibly important during uncertain times like this to ensure our immune systems are in tip top shape to help fight off infection. When the immune system fights off unknown pathogens, the human body actually requires more calories and nutrients to replace what is lost. Foods that help boost the immune system have vital macro and micronutrients that assist in ensuring an active immune system.
Track 4. Protein - Sources, Deficiency, and Requirements:
Proteins are large molecules that our cells need to function properly. They consist of amino acids. The structure and function of our bodies depend on proteins. The regulation of the body’s cells, tissues, and organs cannot happen without them. Proteins also work as neurotransmitters. Hemoglobin, a carrier of oxygen in the blood, is a protein. The human body consists of around 100 trillion cells. Each cell has thousands of different proteins. Together, these cause each cell to do its job. The proteins are like tiny machines inside the cell.
Track 5. Public Health Nutrition:
Public Health Nutrition (PHN) focuses on the promotion of good health through nutrition and the primary prevention of nutrition related illness in the population. The aim of those working as public health nutritionists is for everyone to achieve greater health and well-being by making healthier food and nutrition-related choices.
Track 6. Micronutrient Malnutrition:
Micronutrients, often referred to as vitamins and minerals, are vital to healthy development, disease prevention, and wellbeing. Micronutrient deficiencies form an important global health issue, with malnutrition affecting key development outcomes including poor physical and mental development in children, vulnerability or exacerbation of disease, mental retardation, blindness and general losses in productivity and potential.
Track 7. Nutrient Profiling:
Nutrient profiling is the science of classifying or ranking foods by their nutritional composition in order to promote health and prevent disease. There are two main groups of nutrient profile model. One generates descriptions referring to the nutrient levels in foods (e.g. high sugars, high sodium) while the other generates descriptions referring to the effects of consuming the foods on a person's health (e.g. healthy, healthy option).
Track 8. Pediatric Nutrition:
Pediatric Nutrition include advanced pediatric gastroenterological treatment from a multidisciplinary team that includes dieticians, nurses, physician assistants, and physicians. The nutrition team treats children with special nutrition needs, including those who require gastronomy or jejunal tube feeding, and inpatients who need close monitoring of their nutrient intake. Additionally, Children’s National offers the highest level of specialized care for children requiring home parenteral nutrition.
Common Care services provided:
- Consultations for newly diagnosed patients with conditions like celiac disease and inflammatory bowel disease, and cases requiring a second opinion
- Gastrostomy and jejunal feeding tubes endoscopically placed by our expert team with specialized feeding experience
- Patients’ nutritional needs monitored under the direction of a highly skilled nurse practitioner and dietician
- Ongoing care for children dependent on a feeding tube with equipment available for anthropometric measurement (measurement of growth) for children in wheelchairs
Track 9. Food Allergy:
Food allergy is an abnormal response to a food triggered by your body's immune system. In adults, the foods that most often trigger allergic reactions include fish, shellfish, peanuts, and tree nuts, such as walnuts. Problem foods for children can include eggs, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, and wheat. The allergic reaction may be mild. In rare cases it can cause a severe reaction called anaphylaxis.
Symptoms of food allergy include:
- Itching or swelling in your mouth
- Vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal cramps and pain
- Hives or eczema
- Tightening of the throat and trouble breathing
- Drop in blood pressure
Track 10. Digestive Wellness:
Digestive Wellness explains how your digestive system works and what to do when it doesn’t. You’ll find practical solutions to all the common gastrointestinal disorders and many other conditions and expert guidance on the newest advances in testing and diagnosis, nutrition, and natural therapies and you will learn how faulty digestion can affect the human body systemically, from migraines and skin issues to fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Conditions often significantly improved by optimal eating patterns include:
- Food allergies
- Gluten intolerance/celiac disease
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Supporting your microbiome
Track 11. Antioxidants:
Antioxidants are molecules that fight free radicals in your body. Free radicals are compounds that can cause harm if their levels become too high in your body. They’re linked to multiple illnesses, including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Your body has its own antioxidant defenses to keep free radicals in check. However, antioxidants are also found in food, especially in fruits, vegetables, and other plant-based, whole foods. Several vitamins, such as vitamins E and C, are effective antioxidants.
Track 12. Sustainable Diets:
A sustainable diet is one that is generally healthful and has a low impact on the environment and food supply. Adopting a sustainable diet can help maintain an individual’s health while also making sure the planet has enough resources to feed future generations of humans. This is a complex idea, but in the simplest terms, a sustainable diet looks to have a positive impact on the individual and environment, both now and in the future. There are no set rules on what makes a diet sustainable. However, some diets and food items might be more sustainable than others, and choosing them can help a person reduce their environmental impact.