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Author: Diane McKay

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Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
Foundations of Nutrition Science, Fall 2012
D. McKay, PhD, FACN



  • List the benefits of engaging in regular physical activity
  • Explain the components of fitness and the progressive overload principle. 
  • Describe the use of glucose and glycogen as body fuels during exercise.
  • Describe a diet to minimize glucose depletion during exercise, and define the term carbohydrate loading.
  • Describe the role of body fat during prolonged exercise
  • Compare the protein needs of an athlete vs. a sedentary person.
  • List the micronutrients of concern for highly active people
  • Discuss some reasons why female endurance athletes may be vulnerable to iron deficiency.
  • Discuss the hydration schedule for physical activity and the need for electrolyte replacement.
  • Define ergogenic aid.

Required readings:

  • Whitney & Rolfes, Chapter 14; Highlight 14
  • 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Fact Sheet

Supplementary readings and links:

  • 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Summary
  • Office of Disease Prevention & Health Promotion, U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services: 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Physical Activity Topics