Sunday Morning Blog during the Pandemic – April 5th – Nutrition and Health – Spring 2020

Dear Everyone:   I hope you are safe and healthy at this very turbulent time.  I want you to know that there is a group of students in the class who are health care professions who are working hard to keep us healthy and safe. Some of them are EMTs. My thanks go out to each and every one of them.  Some of them have emailed me and stated that they will be working non-stop until things get better.  If this is the case, do not worry about assignment due dates.  I will work with you to make sure you are get everything together for the course.


Some Updates:

The Diet Assignment due date was not changed until this morning.  I did try to change it yesterday but something went wrong.  I hope now it is open so you can submit your diet assignments.

When you take Exam 2 as a Homework, you do not need to submit the whole exam at the end.  You just need to submit the individual questions.

Please don’t forget about quizzes that were put on TopHat last weekend.  They are easy and only should take a few minutes to complete.

Some of you have already submitted the Exercise Assignment.  Please try to do this this week and submit it.

If you can get out and take a walk today!  Get some NEAT!


Important Exam 2 Update – April 3rd Blog – Nutrition and Health – Spring 2020

Exam 2 is now available in Homework Mode on TopHat!!

Update:  You just need to submit each question; there is no additional submit Exam/Homework command in the Homework version of Exam 2.


Exam 2 is now available in Homework mode on TopHat. You can now take the exam whenever you wish to – even at 3 am if you want to. You cannot get locked out in this mode. So far 120 students have taken Exam 2.   If you took the exam on Tuesday and you went off quickly because you realized late that you didn’t need to take it on Tuesday and were not ready, or if the Internet gave out on you, you can retake the Exam in Homework mode. If you had Internet problems while you were taking Exam 2 on Wednesday, you can take Exam 2 again in Homework mode. YOU have to SELFTIME for 80 minutes! I will be able to see when you start and stop Exam 2 in Homework mode. So if you go past 85 minutes, I will assess a penalty on you. Unless you have special permission (some health care workers have this) you need to complete the exam by 11 pm on Monday night (April 6th). Good luck!



More Questions – April 2nd Blog – Nutrition and Health – Spring 2020

Diet Assignment is now due on Monday, April 6th, at 10 pm!

Comments on the Diet Assignment:

The diet assignment has been given to over 2,000 students since Spring 2017 and to maybe 8,000 students over 25 years. The questions in the word document have been pretty much the same over those years. The best results come when you choose a usual day like most days and make sure to put down all the foods you ate. Don’t pick a day where you were too busy to do the diary right. Then you find the foods in the data base and put in the correct amounts. When you get your results look at them and think about them. Then do the questions. Don’t try to rush through. Think about everything – macros, fiber, saturated fat, vitamins, and minerals! If you are unsure of anything, look it up in the text or on line. You can do it!



Questions on April 2, 2020

Exercise Assignment:

Hello!   I have a question about the Exercise Assignment, question 1 on the powerpoint questions slide. It asks for the average Kcal/hour burned during NEAT activities. How are we supposed to calculate this number? I cannot find a value for this on any slides. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you!
Answer: I would pick walking as your best approximate value.  Or, if you spend all day cleaning – find this on the Internet. Make sure you base it on your weight and sex.  Did you see the Table from the Textbook that I included?
Hint:   If you do structured exercise 3hr per a week: That is 3 hr.
Neat Exercise – add it up – it might be 2 hr per day = 2 7 = 14 hours; or 5 hours per day = 5*7= 35 hours per week. Don’t tell me you only do 4 hours NEAT per week because you need to add up all the hours you are doing regular activities at home. Joe Dixon
Follow-up comment: Yes I did see the table! I think I was confused as to what category to use, so I will use walking and maybe factor in cleaning. Thank you for your help!
Follow-up Answer: Great!!!!   Thanks for the question – many have this question!  Joe Dixon


Questions about Diet Assignment on April 2, 2020


Dr. Dixon, For breakfast I had a whole wheat everything bagel, however the program does not have   this specific. How should I go about it?   Best,
Answer: You need to find something similar and put it in – how much did it weigh? Go on websites and try to get something similar and then find it.  You have to try something.  Joe Dixon
Hi Professor Dixon!   I hope you are doing well! I am slightly confused about one of the results for my food analysis. For fluoride, it says by % DV is 0% but in the amount column, it says I had consumed 4.8 mg. I am confused about how this could be possible because the RDA for fluoride is around 3 mg/day when I searched it up? I attached a screenshot of it below. Thank you,
Answer: Please read the directions – go to Diet – What to hand in S2020 – it mentions fluoride!  Joe Dixon
Hi Professor Dixon,    I was wondering if copper counts as a mineral. When I looked online I only got responses that it is a metal/element found in minerals. Thank you.
Yes!  It is a mineral in the nutrition way of thinking.  Please look up in the textbook.  Choline is not a vitamin or mineral!  Don’t pick it.   Joe Dixon
Hi professor Dixon!!    I hope all is well! My name is ­­­­­_____________, I’m in your nutrition and health class. I’ve been having a few issues with the dietary assignment and checked the blog if maybe someone else had asked about it but I couldn’t find any, therefore I decided to email you.
I was able to calculate the Kcal from the Carbs, Protein, and fat but when I went to calculate the percentage from each and added them together I didn’t end up getting 100%. I’m not sure if that’s an issue or if I could just leave as it is. This is a screenshot of my calculations. Thank you very much!!
Answer: I said many times – just use the Kcal from fat, carbs, and protein!!!   You are only off by a little bit!  Why are you so worried about this?  Please finish the whole assignment and answer the questions the best you can.  Look at your whole diet!!    Do not miss sight of the forest for a few trees.  Be contemplative.  What could you do better.  Look at fiber intake etc.,etc.,etc…..    Joe Dixon

April 2nd Blog – Nutrition and Health – Spring 2020 – Update

Nutrition and Health – Spring 2020 – April 2nd Blog

I just wanted to remind everyone that the Blog Site is the Epicenter of the On-Line Course. Please go there to keep track of what is going on.


About 120 out of 300 students have taken Exam 2. Look on the Blog for the next 2 Exam 2 times.

There is a regular Class Lecture tomorrow, April 3rd, at the normal class time: 12:35 pm.  Go to Sakai Meetings to join the Live lecture.

The Diet Assignments are due tomorrow (Friday, April 3rd) at 5 pm.

Class 20 – Nutrition and Health – Spring 2020 – April 3rd – Chapter 10 – Start Water Soluble Vitamins

Screen Shot 2020-04-01 at 4.39.54 PM

Screen Shot 2020-04-01 at 4.43.49 PM

Nutrition and Health – Spring 2020 – April 1st Blog – Second Time Exam 2 will be Given

Exam 2b is going to start at 4:00 pm today!  I will put the CODE for the TopHat Exam on this Blog at 4:00 pm.  Marijke is going to run the Exam.


Note:  The Review Session I did on Tuesday was recorded and is now available on Sakai.  It takes overnight for the recording to be ready.


The Code for Exam 2, Version b, is:



Nutrition and Health – Spring 2020 – March 31st Blog – After Review Session

We had the Review session today live using the Sakai Meetings Tool.  It lasted longer than a regular class – I think it ended at 3 pm.  It was recorded and will be available on Sakai sometime tomorrow.  I went through Lipids (Chapter 6) and Energy Balance (Chapter 8).  These are the main lectures and chapters on Exam 2!  If you have a question please email me at


Note:  You only have to take one Exam 2 – pick the time you want to take it!!!!


This is what is happening this week:

Tuesday, March 31st – 12:35 – 3:00 pm  Review Session – recorded

Tuesday, March 31st – 4:00 to 5:20 pm  Exam 2a – Hosted by J. Dixon

Wednesday – 4:00 to 5:20 pm – Exam 2b – Hosted by Marijke Rittmann – email Marijke if there is a problem!

Friday – 12:35 – 1:55 pm  Live Class – Chapter 10 – The Water Soluble Vitamins – Start reading the chapter now if possible!  I am using the Sakai Meetings Tool.

Friday – 5:00 pm – Diet Assignments should be uploaded to Sakai using the Assignments Tool.  If you have uploaded it and realize you made a mistake, you can re-upload a corrected version, but at 5 pm the Assignments uploading function is stopped.

Saturday – 10:00 to 11:20 am – Exam 2c – Hosted by J. Dixon

Monday 10 am – All Exam 2 quizzes need to be taken and finished – no matter what is says on TopHat about ending time!  There is a glitch in the TopHat ending times function!

Monday – 4:00 to 5:20 pm  Exam 2d – Hosted by Marijke Rittmann – email Marijke if there is a problem!

Tuesday – 12:35 to 1:55 – Live Lecture – Finish Water Soluble Vitamins – Start Fat Soluble Vitamins


Nutrition and Health – Spring 2020 – March 31st – Log On Code for Exam 2a on TopHat

The Code for Exam 2a is:


Nutrition and Health – Spring 2020 – March 31st Blog – Class 19 – Live Review Session for Exam 2 – Recorded through Sakai/Meetings – Also Possible Free Internet

Live Review Session for Exam 2 at 12:35 pm during Class Time

Free Internet? – Please Check this Out!

Hi professor Dixon!

I hope all is well! My name is ____________, I’m currently in your Nutrition and Health class. I was looking at the blog and saw an email from a student talking about how they had no internet access at the moment. I was given this website by a friend and was wondering if you could email it to that student so they could have internet access for free during a 3 month period. I know many students are probably struggling through these difficult times and hopefully this website and program by sonic will help out many kids. I personally haven’t tried so I can’t guarantee it but at least it’s better than nothing!! My friend said her aunt had shown her this, so hopefully it works for anyone who needs it.   Thank you so much!!!


Answer: Dear ____________, Thank you so much for sending this.  I will forward it to the student and put it on the blog!  Joe Dixon




Nutrition and Health – Spring 2020 – March 30th Blog- Part 2- Answers to the Quizzes now Assigned on TopHat

This is unusual, but because of Spring Break and the Shock of the Pandemic, we fell behind in quizzes.  So I assigned a whole bunch at the same time and you should do them before taking Exam 2 in order to study.  They are very easy, and you may not need an answer key, but I am giving the answer keys right now. The quizzes are for the purpose of showing you what I think is important.  In general, the Exam questions are harder and are going to require more thinking than the Quiz questions.  Lipids Quiz 2 ended this morning at 10 am.  But the others do not end until this coming Sunday.  But you should do them before attempting Exam 2 in TopHat.  Here are the answer keys:
Lipids Quiz 2 –  in order:  a, d, b, c, c, a, a, a, c, c;   By the way, most people got question 4 wrong!  Worth 5 points
Lipids Quiz 3 –  in order: c, d, d, b, a, a, c, b, d, a;  Worth 5 points
Metabolism Quiz 1 – in order: c, d, c, c, a;  Worth 2 total points
2nd Metabolism Quiz – in order: d, d, d, a, b, c:   Worth 3 total points
(previously the last two answers were switched in the 2nd Metabolism Quiz !)
Energy Balance Quiz – in order:  d, b, a, d, d, b, e:  Worth  3.5 total points