Healthy Meals 101

REAL Program

Experiential learning opportunity

This experience involves application of healthy eating guidelines and meal planning and preparation strategies using experiential learning activities. A key focus of the course will be applying principles of food and nutrition to promote healthy lifestyles.


Jenny Jackson, Ph.D., RDN


  • HHS 231
  • NUTR 225 or 240



Maximum enrollment


NACE competencies

  • Critical thinking/problem solving
  • Oral/written communication
  • Teamwork/collaboration


  • 1

Registration options

  • NUTR 299

Start terms

  • Winter
  • Spring

Meeting times

The class meets on campus every other week. Course content is delivered online during weeks when class does not meet.


Every other Friday. 10-11:50 a.m.


Every other Thursday. 2-3:50 p.m.

Offered online


Learning outcomes

  • Apply basic nutrition knowledge to the planning and selection of a healthful, food-based diet.
  • Identify personal and population determinants of eating behaviors.
  • Navigate the grocery market environment.
  • Compare and contrast foods and beverages based on cost and nutritional value.
  •  Apply principles of healthy eating to plan and prepare healthy, affordable meals/snacks.

Content / knowledge / concepts

  • Develop a personal meal plan consistent with recommendations for healthy eating patterns,
  • select recipes consistent with healthy dietary guidelines,
  • plan and prepare healthy, balanced, affordable meals,
  • and learn tips for making healthy choices at the grocery store and when dining out.

Course experiences

  • Practice cooking skills together with classmates
  • Develop meal plans
  • Explore the grocery store environment
  • Discuss the strengths and challenges of healthy eating as a college student
  • Reflect on learning activities

Assessment activities

  • Reflections
  • Discussion entries
  • Short assignments

Additional info

Kinesiology and public health students will sign up for NUTR 299 HEALTHY MEALS 101

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