General Nutrition

Chapter 1

General Nutrition


Goal: to learn basics of nutrition and good health for children and how to prepare healty meals and snacks



Table of Contents

  1. We All Need a Healthy Diet
  2. The Role of Calcium
  3. The Importance of Iron
  4. Dietary Fat and Cholesterol
  5. Use Sugar in Moderation
  6. Salt & Sodium
  7. Understanding Food Labels
  8. Prevent Nutrient Loss


Learning Objectives

After completing this class, the student will be able to:

  • identify different nutrients that are needed for good health
  • understand how Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium and Iron function in the body
  • identify what foods are good sources of important vitamins and minerals
  • identify ways to reduce the fat, sodium, and sugar content of meals
  • use food labels to make wise purchasing decisions
  • modify food preparation techniques to avoid destruction of important nutrients



NOTE: This course may reflect state-specific regulations. No information in this course supersedes any state regulations you need to follow. You must consult your state’s regulations when developing policies and procedures. Regulations for all states are accessible on the National Database of Child Care Licensing Regulations. Click on the link provided to view regulations in your state.