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Nutrition for health promotion
Code: K050V-
Teacher:  Marisa Porrini
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Term: 
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CFU subdivision: Lectures: 5
Practices in classroom: 1
Basic aims:  Give a deep understanding of the role of nutrition in promoting health in both developed and developing countries. Provide knowledge on the methods to study the relationship between food/eating pattern/diet and health. Give the bases to understand the role of gene-environment interactions in chronic diseases. Develop the knowledge of the key nutritional problems of public health importance. Provide knowledge of the nutritional characteristics of foods intended for particular nutritional uses (e.g. fortified and light foods, dietetic foods, functional foods). Inform on the EC Regulation on health and nutrition claims and the methodological approach to submit an application for authorisation of a health claim.
Acquired skills:  Capability to search and interpret the published scientific literature on the relationship between diet and health. Ability to design and follow dietary intervention studies. Ability to implement nutritional programs to improve the daily diet. Capability to prepare an application for authorization of a health claim.
Course contents:  The role of nutrition in health promotion and disease prevention. Methodological approach to study the relationship between diet and health. How to review and criticize the relevant literature on a topic of interest. Food intended for particular nutritional uses. Application for the authorization of a health claim.
Program:  - Risk factors and health
- The role of nutrition in the prevention of non communicable diseases: general aspects, perspectives and problems
- Methodologies to study the role of nutrition in disease prevention: epidemiologic studies, cell-colture and animal studies, dietary intervention studies
-Systematic reviews and metanalysis
- Nutritional characteristics and quality of foods intended for particular nutritional uses (e.g. fortified and light foods, dietetic foods, functional foods) and dietary supplements
- Health Claims in Europe: new legislation and scientific substantiation to submit an application
Prerequisites:  Basic knowledge of biochemistry and human nutrition
Preparatory instructions:  Info not available
Learning materials:  Given by the teacher
Other info:  Oral examination
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