Letters from Students – September 17, 2020

Tue 9/15/2020 1:19 PM

Letter: Good Afternoon Dr.Dixon,

I am writing to you concerning a few different matters:

1.) I absolutely LOVED your Obesity Explosion book, so much so that I finished the entire book and respective chapter quizzes in one day! One thing that I did notice, however, is that there is no Chapter 8 or 9 quiz for the reading.

2.) Do you have any other publications that are available for purchase? I would love to read more of your work!!

3.) Finally, when discussing protein sources in your book, you noted that peanut butter and hummus sandwiches on wheat bread are a personal favorite. Is this actually true? That combo seems rather interesting, but if it is actually tasty, I would be willing to try it as a pre-workout snack. Please confirm.

Enjoy the rest of your day! Best,

Letter: Sep 15, 2020, 3:50 PM (2 days ago) to me Hi Prof. Dixon,

I’m in section 1 of your Nutrition and Health class this semester, and even though it’s only been a couple of weeks, I’ve already learned so much useful life information from you.

One of the first lectures when you were talking about how all supplements are bad. Then you started talking about vitamins (especially B12) and you talked about that woman who was experiencing toxic effects from it like hair loss. You also continued to talk about daily value percentages and how they’re listed on every product. All of this got me a bit concerned, because I’ve been using a weight gain protein powder from GNC that seemed to be healthy and working well for a few months now. I’ve been using protein powder supplements for around 2 years now, so I double checked the nutrition facts of the ones I’ve used, and the current one I’m using.

To my surprise, I saw SO many vitamins that were WAY above their daily recommended value (Vitamin B12 was at 600% daily value I believe), and I’ve been taking this nearly every day. I felt instant regret that I didn’t know this sooner.

Everyone knows me for my long and thick hair which gives me a unique hairstyle (the ladies especially 😂), and within the past year I’ve been noticing it’s starting to lose its magic. I feel my hair not as thick as it used to be, and doesn’t feel the same when I run my hand through it. This use of protein powder is the only thing that could’ve affected my hair this much.

Immediately after I checked the facts, I threw out my protein powder. I used to use protein powder right after I work out, but as of last week, I’m opting for homemade grilled chicken which still has the great protein properties I’m looking for, along with assorted nuts.

I’m already noticing a positive difference in my hair and less bloating, and I can’t thank you enough. Who knows how long I would’ve kept using that nasty stuff from GNC. Forever grateful for your insights and I’m looking forward to what else you have to say!

Answer:  Permission was obtained to post this letter! Comments:  It seems a little soon to know definitively whether the supplement was causing a problem.  But as I said in class, this has happened quite a few times in past years!

Sep 15, 2020, 11:24 AM (2 days ago)

Question:   Hello Professor,

I have been taking the obesity crisis quizzes on the platform and was wondering when the grades will reflect over on canvas. Thanks,

Answer:  I’m glad you got access.  How many quizzes did you take?  Did you need to do a retry?  Let me know your experiences?  I would love feedback!  Were the quizzes hard?  The grade will appear in the Canvas grade book when you finish 15 quizzes!   Joe Dixon

Follow-up: to me

Hello,  My grades were all hundreds and completed all 17. I had to retake them a couple times, but overall was great experience and fair quiz questions. Thanks,

Me:  Ok great!   I believe there were only 14 quizzes though!  My mistake!!

How did you like the book?  Why did you do all of them at once?  Joe Dixon


Attachments Sep 15, 2020, 5:27 PM (2 days ago) to me

Good Evening Professor,

I have a question about the obesity explosion book quizzes. I am taking them right now and I am unsure of how you will know if we did them or not. Are they connected to our email because I did not use my school email to sign up.

Also, it says in the syllabus that the quizzes are not graded but we can take them till we get 100%. Do we need to get 100% on them for full credit or can we miss a question or two and still get credit for the quiz?

Just to confirm that I am taking the correct quizzes, I have attached a screenshot. Can you let me know if that is the correct place/quiz?

Thank you so much for your help!



Hi,  Thank you for your email!!

Yes, you are in the right place!!  The upper Ribbon matches the Cover!!!!! Did you put your name in when you registered?  If so – it will be ok!  In fact, I can see your name in the panel above the quizzes for Chapter 4!  Can you tell from the website whether you got all the questions for a particular quiz correct?  If you don’t get all the questions correct, retry the quiz.  You can retry as many times as you need.  I will see your scores for every quiz in the gradebook.  If for example you miss 1 question here or there – I’m not going to take points off – that’s silly.  When you complete 15 quizzes out of 17 total, you will get full credit for the Obesity Explosion quizzes.  You won’t see your grade in Canvas until early November.  So please don’t worry about a few “Obesity Explosion” quiz points here and there.  Everyone will receive full credit if they complete 15 quizzes.  It is very much a self-study part of the course.  Of course, students can ask me questions about readings in the book.

Are there any other problems you are having?  Thanks for the great question! Joe Dixon

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