CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, CHICO
COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES
Department of Biological Sciences
Nutrition and Food Sciences 303-Nutrition and Physical Fitness
Instructor: Steve Henderson PhD Phone: 898 4030
email: firstname.lastname@example.org Office Hours: TTh 10:00 – 11:00, F 1:00 - 2:00
Office: Holt 133
Required Reading: Nutrition for Health, Fitness and Sport, by Melvin H. Williams, 7 th edition.
Supplemental Reader for NFSC 303
Dietary Exchange Lists for Meal Planning (All 3 available in A.S. Bookstore)
Diet and physical activity together have been named, along with tobacco and alcohol use, as one of the three key determinants of death
in the United States. Obesity and diet-related disease rates have risen dramatically in the recent past. One of the most important
purposes of this course is to assist you in evaluating and modifying your own nutritional status and diet and activity patterns as a
means for attaining your personal diet and activity goals, now and throughout your life.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
1. Identify and explain basic principles of a healthy lifestyle and the impact of gender, class and ethnicity upon lifestyle
decisions, particularly diet and exercise practices.
2. Explain the current theories of how nutrition and physical fitness relate to health promotion and the prevention of chronic
disease in the American population.
3. Evaluate current and recommended nutritional practices being used by athletes and non-athletes and how these practices are
affected both by cultural beliefs and by the media.
4. Evaluate and plan a diet and exercise program for weight control and/or improved cardiovascular health and health in
5. Critically review information present in both the popular and scientific literature by applying the principles of the scientific
6. Demonstrate an understanding of how to make effective dietary and physical activity decisions, not only to enhance personal
health but to become an advocate for change.
EXPECTED BEHAVIORS IN THE CLASSROOM
It is very simple. I expect all of you to be respectful of myself, of your peers and of the learning environment and to take
responsibility for your own actions and behaviors. Any behavior that interferes with either (1) my ability to conduct the class or (2)
the ability of other students (or yourself) to profit from the instructional program will not be tolerated. This includes:
Arriving late to class on a regular basis.
Sleeping during class.
Carrying on personal conversations while I am lecturing.
Not turning off cell phones and pagers while in class.
* Please take responsibility for your failures and mistakes as well as your successes by not making excuses.
POLICY ON PLAGIARISM AND CHEATING
Academic dishonesty of any kind will not be tolerated. Students caught cheating or misrepresenting work as their own will be
given an “F”. Violations of academic dishonesty will be reported to the college disciplinary office for appropriate action. No
3 EXAMS 150 PTS
COMPREHENSIVE FINAL EXAM 75 PTS (50 new, 25 comprehensive)
IN CLASS ASSIGNMENTS/HOMEWORK 50 PTS (these points may vary)
ARTICLE CRITIQUE (in class) 30 PTS
DIET AND EXERCISE PROJECT 150 PTS
FAMILY FOOD HISTORY 15 PTS
FITNESS ACTIVITY ASSIGNMENT 50 PTS
TOTAL POSSIBLE 520 PTS
PERCENT OF TOTAL POSSIBLE POINTS GRADE
< 60% F
ALL ASSIGNMENTS ARE DUE AT THE BEGINNING OF EACH CLASS. LATE ASSIGNMENTS ARE TAKEN ON A
CASE BY CASE BASIS
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF COURSE REQUIREMENTS
Family Food History (15 pts): This assignment is due during the first two weeks of class. It is designed to do two things (1)
encourage the students to consider the many factors that influence our food choices and eating behaviors and (2) alert the instructor to
any potential problems and student may have with their writing skills. This assignment is approximately 2-3 pages in length.
Diet and Exercise Project (150 pts): This project is a 24 hour recall of food intake and activities and a written evaluation of your
present dietary and exercise practices and recommended changes. Directions and forms are located in your 123 supplemental readers.
This project will be turned in, in two parts. Each part will be discussed thoroughly in class prior to its due date.
Fitness Activity (50 pts): All students are required to participate in fitness testing or an alternative fitness assignment. An
explanation and description of the options are attached to this syllabus and will be discussed in class.
Body Fat, Blood Pressure Testing ( 20 pts/ 150 on project): All students are required to get their body fat and blood pressure
checked as part of their Diet and Exercise Project. Information on where to get these done is included at the end of the syllabus.
NFSC 303 IS A GENERAL EDUCATION COURSE
This is an approved general education course in Upper Division Theme B: Contemporary Health Issues. The student needs to
have completed at least 45 credits in order to gain credit for the theme. This course has a 1500-word writing requirement.
General Education (GE) and Upper Division Thematic (UDT) objectives:
1. The primary goals of the GE program are identified in the university catalogue and include improving reading, writing, critical
thinking, instilling intellectual curiosity, broadening, enhancing, and integrating general knowledge about the universe and humanity,
and showing the coherence and connectedness within the broad area of undergraduate education.
2. The primary goals of the Upper Division Thematic Program are: to have students learn about substantive issues likely to be
important throughout their lifetimes; to have students see these issues from the three broad perspectives of human life (the
physiological, psychological and social); and to have students apply the ideas and the materials of the course to themselves as
You may visit this website for more information about the GE and UDT programs:
All courses within the Contemporary Health Issues Theme have the following goals: Each course
Addresses concepts of well being, health, and disease;
Focuses attention on how class, ethnicity, and gender affect selected health problems;
Teaches methods for distinguishing hearsay from valid information’
Develops knowledge and skills for making effective decisions that enhance health, and facilitate change and
understanding of public policy;
Addresses the impact of biology, ethics, morality, politics, economics, and culture upon health, health care, and
TENTATIVE COURSE SCHEDULE
WEEK TOPIC READING
1 Nutrition, exercise, health related fitness. Ch. 1, pg. 1-14
Sport related fitness pg. 18-19
Dietary supplements pg. 22-25
2 Nutrition quackery, nutrition research pg. 22-25
Essential nutrients, dietary standards and guidelines Ch. 2, pg. 38-50
Family Food History due –Thurs., Feb., 2
3 Dietary guidelines, cont. pg. 51-66, 70
Exchange Lists booklet
4 Human Energy Ch. 3 pg. 84-92
Cardiovascular Fitness Testing – Thurs. Feb. 16
5 Human Energy, cont. pg. 93-104
Exam 1 – Tues., Feb. 23
6. Carbohydrates, structure, function, sources Ch. 4 pg. 114-117
Human digestion, overview lecture
Carbohydrate digestion, metabolism pg. 118-120
7. Blood glucose regulation pg. 120-121
Carbohydrate and exercise performance, supplementation pg. 124-126, 130-141
Project Part I due –Tues., March 9
SPRING BREAK MARCH 13-17
8. Diabetes lecture
Fat; structure, function, sources Ch. 5 pg. 162-168
9. Fat digestion, metabolism, lipoproteins pg. 169-171
Fat and exercise performance pg. 173-175
Exam 2 – Tues., March 30 HOLIDAY THURSDAY 31ST
10. Fat and health, cardiovascular disease Ch. 5 pg. 185-195
Hypertension pg. 366-369
Caffeine and exercise performance pg. 181-185
11. Protein; structure, function, sources Ch. 6 pg. 208-212
Protein digestion, requirements pg. 213-219
THURS, APRIL 13 IN CLASS ARTICLE CRITIQUE ASSIGNMENT 30 PTS
MUST BE IN CLASS FOR CREDIT
12. Protein and health pg. 238-240
Vegetarian diets pg. 56-61
13. Water, electrolytes and temperature regulation Ch. 9 pg. 332-341
Hydration guidelines and Heat illness pg. 348-356, 361-366
Exam 3- Thurs., April 27
14. Body weight/composition Ch. 10 pg. 378-388
Body composition, health and obesity pg. 388-395
Project Part II and III due – Thurs., May 4
15 Weight maintenance, dieting Ch. 11 pg. 395-401
16 FINAL EXAMS NFSC 303 – Thurs., May 18 @ 10:00
FITNESS ACTIVITY ASSIGNMENT
To earn these points ( 50 ) you participate in one of the following two options ( A or B ):
OPTION A: FITNESS TESTING
You must complete all of the fitness tests described in your supplemental reader in the presence of a qualified person and
submit the paper work with parts II and III of your Diet and Exercise Project.
Cardiovascular test –
This will be done during class time the fourth week of class. We will meet in the classroom and walk over to the track.
Dress in workout clothes, running/walking shoes and bring a bottle of water. There are two tests to choose from. One is
walking only and the other is either a walk/run combination or running only. A description of the tests is in your supplemental
reader, please read the descriptions beforehand. It is also suggested that you practice the test on your own time so you have an
idea about how fast you should be running or walking since the tests should be performed at the top of your aerobic zone in
order to be as accurate as possible. I will discuss this test in class the week before. ONLY PEOPLE CHOOSING THIS
OPTION NEED TO DO THIS TEST.
Muscular strength, muscular endurance and flexibility tests (there are 5 different tests) –
A description of these are in your supplemental reader. These can be done at a health club by a fitness employee
along with body fat testing and blood pressure testing. If they are done at The Body Shop, you will be assisted by a trainer so
you must make an appointment ahead of time.
Body fat only 5$
Body fat and blood pressure 7$
Body fat, blood pressure and fitness testing 10$
Location and phone number:
The Body Shop
1407 W. 5th ST.
You may also do these tests with a qualified trainer at your own gym, other gym or by the Kinesiology Department.
There is usually a small fee. You must include verification with your project, a business card, and a signature will be required
on form 8 of the diet and exercise project. I know many of the fitness trainers in town if I feel the need to verify. Make sure
you bring your reader with you to your appointment so the trainer can familiarize him/herself with the procedures.
OPTION B: BIDWELL CLASSIC ½ MARATHON AND 3 MILE RUN, BIDWELL PARK, 1MILE.
You may either participate by running (either race) or by volunteering your time to help put the race on. Volunteers should
plan on spending about 2 hours of their time helping. If you want to volunteer:
DATE: SATURDAY, MARCH 4th (AM)
WHAT IS IT: ½ marathon road race, 3 mile road race
WHO TO CONTACT TO VOLUNTEER: Alyson Freeman, race director Chico Running Club
Phone: 879-9000 or walk in to Fleet Feet Sports
222 W. 3rd ST.
Melissa Stearns, race director Chico Running Club
If you want to run:
HOW TO REGISTER AS A PARTICIPANT:
Registration forms are available at Fleet Feet Sports, I will also bring some to class with me. The cost to
participate is $20.00.
If you register late, after pre-registration, you must put a note on the registration form that you are my
student or you will have to pay more.
I am the volunteer director at the race, you must check out with me after you run to get credit.
BODY FAT AND BLOOD PRESSURE TESTING
(REQUIRED FOR EVERYONE)
WHERE TO GET THIS DONE:
1. You may get your both tested as described above at The Body Shop.
2. You may get both tests done on campus through the Nutrition and Food Sciences Club. Dates and times TBA,
they will be announced in class. Prices are usually as follows:
Caliper Test 3$
BIA Test 5$
Blood Pressure included with body fat testing above.
4. Most gyms will do both testing for a fee. The fees vary, usually anywhere from $10-20 you need to call
around and ask.
*YOU NEED TO INCLUDE VERIFICATION OF TESTING ON FORM 8 OF YOUR DIET AND EXERCISE PROJECT.*