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Author: Diane McKay

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



  • Identify the important lifestyle factors (modifiable and non-modifiable) that promote health and disease
  • Describe how certain chronic diseases are in themselves risk factors for other other chronic diseases, i.e., list the interrelationships among chronic diseases
  • Describe the development, risk factors, and specific nutrition recommendations for each of the major chronic diseases discussed (CVD, hypertension, diabetes, and cancer)
  • Describe how nutrition impacts the immune system
  • Discuss the potential impact of adhering to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate on chronic disease risk.


Required readings:

  • Whitney & Rolfes, Chapter 18; skip Highlight 18

Supplementary readings and links:

  • Healthier Eating Made Easy
  • AICR Brochure: Guidelines for Cancer Prevention
  • “Metabolic Syndrome: Time for Action”
  • "Lowering Your Blood Pressure with DASH"
  • Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations Revision 2006: A Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association Nutrition Committee
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
  • American Diabetes Association
  • American Institute for Cancer Research