Nutrition is the study of food and the way in which a living organism digests, absorbs, utilizes, and disposes of the essential components found within food.

With the number of people who are either overweight or obese increasing at an alarming rate, the study of nutrition has taken a shift from preventing deficiency diseases such as rickets (vitamin D deficiency) and scurvy (vitamin C deficiency), to limiting the risk of diseases correlated with excess energy intake, such as metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and heart disease.

On this site you will find links to websites with good, evidence-based, nutrition information. I will also be posting relevant nutrition related news articles and hope to start a blog in the near future.

When it comes to good nutrition, remember the following four precepts:

  1. Eat less
  2. Move more
  3. Eat lots of vegetables and fruit
  4. Go easy on the junk food

From Nestle M. What to Eat. New York: North Point Press (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), 2006.

Classes Offered

HNFS 251.Human Nutrition 3 cr. Principles of normal nutrition. Relation of nutrition to health. Course contains greater amounts of chemistry and biology than HNFS 163. Open to nonmajors.

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Christine Trapp received both her Bachelor of Science Degree and her Doctorate from the University of California Davis. Her degrees are in Nutrition Science with emphases in Physiological Biochemistry and Early Embryonic Development. She is a registered dietitian and consults regularly with long-term care and rehabilitation centers, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center, and the developmentally disabled.