Class 24 – Nutrition and Health – Fall 2020 – Nov 24th- Chapters 12 & 13 in McGuire – Major and Trace Minerals and the Beginning of Life

The remaining 5 Lectures will proceed in the following way:

Tuesday 11-24 – Chapters 12 and 13 – Minerals Lecture – Major and Trace – there could be a whole semester class on minerals – but I will cover the basics in one lecture.  It will be exciting and earth shattering as usual!

After Thanksgiving:

Tuesday 12-1 – Lecture on Diet Assignment & Vitamin supplements – All assignment grades will be in Grade Book by Monday, 11-30 – Have you Diet Assignments available so you can ask questions.  Ask about vitamins and supplements!

Thursday 12-3 – Obesity Explosion Discussion – Are there additional topics needed for the second edition?  Possibly discuss Eating Disorders here!

Tuesday 12-8 – Life Cycle Nutrition Lecture – Nutrition & Breast Feeding – Human milk – Guest Lecture by Marijke Rittmann, RD.

Thursday 12-10 – Review for Final Exam – Not cumulative – so only water and fat soluble vitamins; minerals, diet assignment, Obesity Explosion, and Life Cycle Nutrition questions are covered – in the past students did very well on this exam even before the open book format was used.

Tuesday 12-15255 Final Exam will be on Canvas at 12:00 Noon (given at 3 times as for the first two exams –times to be announced)

Class 23 – Nutrition and Health – Fall 2020 – Nov 19th- Chapter 11 in McGuire – Fat Soluble Vitamins – Vitamins D, K, and E

Some observations from Dermatologists – No Matter What – Get advice from your Dermatologist before you use topical retinoids! Do not use if you plan to become Pregnant! Remember, I call Retinoids the most Powerful Molecules in the Universe!

Class 22 – Nutrition and Health – Fall 2020 – Nov 17th- Chapter 11 in McGuire – Fat Soluble Vitamins – Vitamins A and D

Monday Morning Update – November 16, 2020 – Nutrition and Health – Fall 2020

Monday Morning Update – Nov 16th 2020

I hope you are all doing well!   The Covid crisis is getting worse – thank goodness Rutgers elected for on-line courses for most classes.

In our class we had Exam 2 last week and the grades in general were quite good.  If you had a problem and could not take the exam, or you had something go wrong during the exam, please email me the next day or two. 

Last Thursday I finished the Water Soluble Vitamins.  On Tuesday (tomorrow) I will Start Fat Soluble Vitamins – Chapter 11 – my favorite area in the course.   

Tomorrow there will be a Poll put on Canvas asking you how you are doing in class and in life in general.  There are 8 questions and it is worth 8 quiz points!   All answers are accepted but you need to take the poll to get points.   It will be anonymous!  But if you have reservations about it you can email Nick (before the end of the quiz) and he will give you the points.  It will be due next Monday at 4 pm. 

The Exercise assignment is due on Thursday, 11-19.  The drop box will remain open after Thursday but you will lose a point or two for being late. 

The updated Schedule of Classes is below.  Please look through it!

Joe Dixon

Class 21 – Nutrition and Health – Fall 2020 – Nov 12th- Chapter 10 in McGuire – Water Soluble Vitamins – Part 2

Letter from a Student Concerning the EXERCISE Assignment:

Question:   Fri 11/6/2020 8:33 AM Hello!   My name is ____________ and I had a quick question about the exercise assignment. Last night I started the assignment and I am almost done but I am having a problem with page 5. On page 5, we are supposed to calculate the total kcal burned per week for NEAT activities. I was going to do walking as my NEAT activity but I do not know what number to use for my calculations. I know I have to calculate average kcal/hour and then average kcal/week but what value should I be using for average kcal/hour? On the powerpoint there is a column for walking and my value would be 175 once my BMR is subtracted but it says walking is listed as fast: 15 min/mile. Is this the number I should use or something else? Thank you for your time and I hope you have a great weekend!    Sincerely,

Answer: Fri 11/6/2020 11:10 AM Hi _________,  Thanks for an excellent question.  Yes, use walking for NEAT as it is the activity on the Table that is the lowest.  It is probably the activity that makes up most of the NEAT on a weekly basis.  Joe Dixon

Follow-up: Fri 11/6/2020 12:55 PM Good afternoon, Awesome! I used that value for my NEAT calculations and everything else looks good to me! Everything was very straight forward 🙂 The assignment probably took me about an hour, hour and a half max. However, I did all the calculations on paper first and then typed everything up. I struggled a little with typing on a pdf but that was user error haha. Overall, a very straightforward and educational assignment. Have a good weekend! Respectfully,

Class 20 – Nutrition and Health – Fall 2020 – Nov 10th – EXAM 2 is TODAY!

Exam 2 will be given on Canvas (see quizzes) at the following times:

Exam 2 Fall 2020 Nutrition and Health Exam Schedule and Rules – 10-10-2020

November 10th –  2:15 to 3:35 pm (All East Coast times – remember   on  Standard time)

November 10th – 8:30 to 9:50 pm

November 11th – 8:30 to 9:50 am

Exam Philosophy – The exam is open book.  You can consult notes if you wish to do so.  My Philosophy is that the material will benefit you and it makes more sense to study the material than to try and cherry pick answers from your notes.  Also, any communication between students around the exam times is not allowed.  By the way, if you consult the Grading Rubric, you will see the exams are only one way you are graded in the class.

Cautions to be very careful about:

1.   Before hand, make plans to take the exam at one of the times listed.  If you can’t make any of the times, email me with your reason.

2.  Do not take the exam at 2 different times.  If you open the exam at 2:15 pm and sign off, even a few minutes later, and then attempt to take the exam later, you will be heavily penalized.   That’s why you should make your plans now. 

3.  I will scramble the exams between the times the exam is given. 

Comments:  I have a very positive attitude about the students in this class.  I have been teaching college for over 28 years.  I have learned over that time to trust students.  If there are students that break the rules, it is to their own detriment.  I won’t let them spoil the class for everyone else.  And I do not believe in using Proctor track, which at this time poses many questions.

Good luck on the exam!

Note:  If there are any problems with the Internet or anything else (last time a student dropped her computer during the exam and it shattered!), we can take care of it.  Accidents happen!  Do not panic!

Class 19 – Nutrition and Health – Fall 2020 – Nov 05th – Chapter 10 of McGuire Text – Water Soluble Vitamins

Class 18 – Nutrition and Health – Fall 2020 – Nov 03rd – Chapter 9 of McGuire Text – Physical Activity and Health

Class 17 – Nutrition and Health – Fall 2020 – Oct 29th – Finish Chapter 8 of McGuire Text – Commodities, Exercise, and Diets

Letter from a Student Concerning Obesity Explosion

Tue 10/27/2020 5:23 PM

Question: Professor Dixon,   I know it is late in the semester, I have been so behind due to the other science classes I am taking (biology and physics + both of their labs and recitations), but I found an email you sent earlier in the year mentioning the book I should purchase on cengage. However, below that was another book, and I wanted a clarification on how to get access to the obesity quizzes. Again, I am sorry I am emailing you about this so late, but I have had so many things on my mind this semester that it has been difficult to concentrate.

In short, I would like to know what book I am supposed to buy in order to complete the quizzes, please let me know as soon as possible. I would also like to know on what day these quizzes are due. Thanks, MP

Answer:  Thank you for your email.  I am sure other students in class have the same questions you have.  There is still plenty of time to get the Ebook and do the quizzes. But the process is a little complicated, so follow these instructions. You have to have all the Obesity Explosion quizzes done by 11-19-20

In the Syllabus, 2 books were listed: 

Mcguire/Beerman – Nutritional Sciences: : From Fundamentals to Food, Enhanced Edition – Price: $199.95   (Upgraded 3rd edition) ISBN: 9781337565332 (Hard cover version)   (This is also available, used, on-line for about $20)

Second BookObesity Explosion – The Collision of Nutrition, Culture, Politics, and Food, by Joseph L. Dixon, Published on August 24, 2020; Kendall Hunt Publishing Company.

To buy the Obesity Explosion  book:  Go to

The Ebook is $24 – This will give you access to the on-line book and also to the quizzes.  These are on two separate websites from two different companies!

After you buy the Ebook, you will receive a book access code by a second email (Keep an eye out for it! It sometimes goes to your spam)

You need to go to:          (This is the Ebook access company)

and sign up for an account.  You will then have access to the EBook.

Then you also need to get access to the quizzes, which are at a different Website. You do this by going to:

Put in the Quiz access code you got from Kendall Hunt.  It is quite long and looks like: ABCDE-7AB1A-ABC2X-4A12A   (This is an Example!)

After you get access, you need to go through the long account sign up process!  Be patient!

You will need to confirm the book (Obesity) and the University you are at.  Then you need to pick the course you are in – Nutrition and Health 255 – Section 1    (two courses use this book so be careful!)

Then you continue to sign up for your personal Account. After filling in all the information – address etc.:

Then you go back to the Sign In page on

and use your account user name and password to get access to the Quizzes.  The quizzes can be taken an unlimited amount of times!  (Just like in Groundhog Day Movie!)

You need to do the quizzes until you get 100% of each quiz correct! If you get a question wrong, look it up, and do the quiz again!

You can keep track of the quizzes you take by going to the Grade Book – Grid Button – you will see something like this:

The Quizzes are self-study!

You must have all the Obesity Explosion quizzes done by 11-19-20

Class 16 – Nutrition and Health – Fall 2020 – Oct 27th – Start Chapter 8 of McGuire Text – Energy Balance & Body Weight Regulation