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NUTRITION CONSULTANTS, INC.

by Lorrie Morrow

TEACHER'S NOTE:

Prior to beginning this project, teachers should discuss with their students how to determine Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR), should you wish to include that facet of the project in your classroom. Students should also have a review of biochemistry, and be subject to discussion about dietary requirements and daily recommendations for calories, carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. As dieting is a sensitive area for many teenagers, it must be made known that these are sample diets, and that their clients are interested in maintaining healthy eating habits, not losing weight or "crash" dieting.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

In this project, you and your partner are consultants at a nutrition clinic. Given your client's biography, the two of you are responsible for developing a nutrition proposal. In this proposal, you will determine your client's daily nutritional needs, analyze their current energy intake, and develop some goals and recommendations in order for your client to maintain healthy nutrition habits. Other nutrition clinics in the class will also be working with the same client, and the client will choose which clinic to work with based on the presentation of your proposal.

What to include in your proposal/presentation:

  1. Your client's current statistics:
    1. BMR
    2. TMR
    3. Calories per day needed

  2. Analysis of your client's current energy intake:
    1. Carbohydrates per day (how much, too much or too little?)
    2. Fats per day (how much, too much or too little?)
    3. Proteins per day (how much, too much or too little?)
    4. Calories per day (how much, too much or too little?)

  3. Future nutrition recommendations:
    1. Make recommendations for each of the four categories (carbs, fats, proteins, calories)
    2. Provide reasoning for your recommendations (why should they change their energy intake?)
    3. Provide a plan as to how you would advise your client to make the necessary changes.

NOTE: Analysis and recommendations should be based on dietary requirements and your client's needs.


Client letters (see below) given to the student pairs can be modified to add weight, add or delete exercise, or anything else that would give the students different scenarios with which to work, in terms of determining metabolic rate and analyzing client nutrition habits.

There are many websites that students can use in order to find information regarding the nutritional content of the foods listed above. My classes mainly used www.ntwrks.com/~mikev and www.calorieking.com in order to find nutrition data. These sites give information regarding calorie, carbohydrate, fat, and protein content for just about any food imaginable. Just a reminder, these diets are also just a template and can be adjusted along with the client letters to present different nutrition scenarios to different student groups.

Diets and letters can also be modified to examine the nutritional value of many "fad" diets, such as the Atkins diet or "The Zone" diet. Students then can see the accurate nutritional results from adding or removing any one nutrient group from their daily diets.

Any suggestions/questions/comments can be sent to me at:
Lormor32@hotmail.com


To Whom It May Concern:

According to your request, I have included both biographical information and a sampling of my meals for the past five days. (see attached sheets)

I am a 32-year old single guy who packs 185 pounds on my 6'1" frame. I know 32 seems a little late to be training for a triathlon, but I figure I have a lot of time on my hands between directing movies, so I might as well. I usually exercise for at least an hour and a half a day, first I bike or run, and then I lift weights. I hired and ex-triathlete to help train me, and he estimates that my training regimen increases my daily need for calories by 500.

As much information as possible that you can give me concerning my current nutrition habits and the changes I should make would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks so much!!!

Sincerely,
Benjamin J. Smith


To Whom It May Concern:

According to your request, I have included both biographical information and a sampling of my meals for the past five days. (see attached sheet) I am a 45-year-old wife and mother of two. I stand 5'7"" tall, and weigh 150 pounds. Since both of my children are in college, my husband and I both work full time. By the time I work a full day, cook dinner, and feed the dog, I am too exhausted for any physical activity. I usually watch television, have a late night snack and go to bed.

As much information as possible that you can give me concerning my current nutrition habits and the changes I should make would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks so much!!!

Sincerely,
Julie K. Perkins


To Whom It May Concern:

According to your request, I have included both biographical information and a sampling of my meals for the past five days. (see attached sheet)

I'm a recently retired 52-year-old veteran of the US Marines. I try to exercise daily, as military doctors suggest. I don't always remember, though, so my exercise adds only about 150 calories to my daily need. I need some advice, though, because I don't want early retirement to turn my 6'2", 180-pound body into a flabby mess. I'm very interested in some nutrition advice, because now that I've left the military, my three meals a day aren't being provided, and I don't really know how to cook healthy food!!!

As much information as possible that you can give me concerning my current nutrition habits and changes I should make would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!!!

Sincerely,
Col. Jason D. Limkin (ret.)


According to your request, I have included both biographical information and a sampling of my meals for the past five days (See attached sheet).

I am a 22-year-old college student. I am 5'6" tall, and weigh about 120 pounds. I have classes every day, two classes a day on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; and three classes a day on Tuesday and Thursday. Since my schedule is freer on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, it is on those days that I find the time to exercise for an hour. My trainer at the student rec center told me that this exercise combined with all the walking to and from class that I do adds about 300 calories to my daily needs throughout the week.

As much information as possible that you can give me concerning my current nutrition habits and the changes I should make would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks so much!!!

Sincerely,
Marci Robinson


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