Friday, December 28, 2012

West Valley Leaners: Orientation Video

Greetings West Valley students....Here is a link to a video on youtube that I have created to help you navigate our course more smoothly. This 20 minute orientation should answer many of your how-to questions. And, although it doesn't show on my face, once the camera was off, I really WAS smiling at all of you. :)


Having the textbook from day 1 will be the key to your success. The bookstore should have books in stock, although we did add another section so I am not sure about the quantity. The publisher website gives us a reduced price on the bundled really is one of the best deals that I have seen, particularly since it comes with Free Ebook. I highly advise that you sign up for that when ordering. Or, consider purchasing just the ebook, if you prefer. Here is the information I am seeing on the Cengage (publisher) website:

Reduced price bundle (Understanding Nutrition, 13th ed AND Diet Analysis Plus:          $120 (although my rep said that this price was changing to $133)

ebook (Understanding Nutrition, 13th ed, only):    $128

Diet Analysis Plus only:      $50

Bookstore (use section 26013), loose leaf (not bound), bundled:                 $150

I cannot guarantee these prices, but this is what was posted on 12/28/2012. I encourage you to order your book ASAP. The bookstore IS open on 1/2.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Winter Session 2013, West Valley College

West Valley is offering 2 winter section classes this January. This is an intensive course, covering all 16 weeks worth of material in a "4-week" session, with the first 2 days as holidays. All enrolled students will need to email me by January 2nd to confirm a spot in the class. In addition, you must log into our course that day and complete the Intro Quiz or the Intro Discussion post which will count as positive participation. Without this, I am required to drop students as a no-show. I anticipate being able to add any waitlisted students and will need an email requesting and add code by 1/2, as well.

The following is a tentative copy of the course schedule. Information about textbook and application requirements are in the sidebar. If you opt to use an older version of the text, it will follow our chapter outlines most of the time, but you are responsible for any information not found in the the older version of the textbook. Quizzes are written with a look towards the newest version.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at my gmail account. My id is nutritionrusso followed by the Or, you can follow updates on Facebook:

Eat well, play fit,
Denise C. Russo, MS RD CGE

Week One

Block 1

Ends Mon, 1/7

All quizzes, VFT1, SNA1 & D1 due 6/10 at 11:55 pm
Assigned Reading and Associated Quiz

Read Syllabus (Quiz Intro)
Chapter 1: An Overview of Nutrition (Quiz1)
Chapter 2: Planning a Healthy Diet, plus Chapter 10 B12 only, & Highlight 13 (Quiz 2)
Chapter 3: Digestion plus Chemistry (Appendix B: Covalent) (Quiz 3)
Chapter 4: Carbohydrates plus Ch 13 Chromium, only (Quiz 4)
Discussion 1

All quizzes, assignments and discussion posts are
Due Monday

Quizzes Intro and 1-4, VFT1/SNA1, D1: Due by 11:55 pm Mon, 1/7
Complete Three Day Food Diary/Analysis before end of Assignment Block 1 (see Lessons Page for Directions) and use for ALL SNAs

Week Two

Block 2

Ends Sun,

All quizzes, VFT2, SNA2 & D2 due 1/13, at 11:55 pm
Assigned Reading and Associated Quiz

Chapter 5: Lipids plus Ch 11 Vit E (Quiz 5)
Chapter 6: Proteins plus Ch 20: Hunger (Quiz 6)
Chapter 7: Metabolism (Quiz 7)
Chapter 14: Sports Nutrition (Quiz 7)
(2 chapters on Quiz 7)
Discussion 2

All quizzes, assignments and discussion posts are
Due Sunday
Quizzes 5-7, VFT2/SNA2, D2: Due by 11:55 pm, Sun, 1/13

Week Three

Assignment Block 3

Ends Sat, 1/19

Quiz, VFT3, SNA3 & D3 due 1/19, at 11:55 pm
Assigned Reading and Associated Quiz

Chapter 8: Energy Balance and Body Composition (Quiz 8)
Chapter 9: Weight Management (Quiz 8)
(2 chapters on Quiz 8)
Chapter 18: Diet and Health plus Ch 12 (sodium, potassium, magnesium) and HL 11 (Quiz 9)
VFT 3 (Chapters 10-13, partial, see outlines):
Discussion 3

All quizzes, assignments and discussion posts are
Due Saturday
Quizzes 8-9, VFT3/SNA3, D3: Due by 11:55 pm, Sat, 1/19

Week Four

Assignment Block 4

Ends Fri, 1/25

Quizzes, VFT4, SNA4 & D4 due Thursday, 1/25 at 11:55 pm!

Assigned Reading and Associated Quiz

Chapter 15: Lifecycle Nutrition: Pregnancy and Lactation plus Ch 10: folate (Quiz 10)
Chapter 16: Lifecycle Nutrition: Infancy, Childhood and Adolescence plus Ch 13 fluoride (Quiz 11)
Chapter 17: Lifecycle Nutrition: Adulthood and the Later Years, Ch 11 Vit D, A and K and HL 12 Osteoporosis (Quiz 12)
Chapter 19: Consumer Concerns about Food and Water (Quiz 13)
VFT 4/SNA4 & Discussion 4


All quizzes, assignments and discussion posts are
Due Friday!
Note Due Dates!
Quizzes, VFT4/SNA4, D4: Due by 11:55 pm, Friday, 1/25