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October 30, 2013

Blinn College course teaches students a healthier lifestyle

Nutrition and Diet Therapy will be offered during Blinn’s Winter minimester

For years, Dr. Nahida Saker has practiced healthy eating at home.

The Blinn College professor and her husband live on a farm and grow their own vegetables, house chickens to provide fresh eggs and buy all their other groceries at local farmers markets, which provide a fresh, organic alternative to grocery store chains.

It’s a lifestyle Saker has instilled in her family at a time when many Americans are battling to change their unhealthy eating habits.

Saker’s lifestyle will translate to the classroom for Blinn’s Nutrition and Diet Therapy course, which will be offered on the College’s Brenham campus during the Winter minimester Dec. 16-20 and Jan. 2-10.

The course will teach students to pinpoint essential nutrients, calculate their caloric intake and establish the relationship between a workout regimen and a proper diet, among many other topics.

“It’s a great way for students to learn how to better themselves,” said Saker, who holds a PhD in food science from Louisiana State University. “We’ll analyze a variety of different types of food so they can make better judgments about what they eat.”

In addition to Nutrition and Diet Therapy, the Blinn – Brenham campus is also offering Composition I, American Government, U.S. History II, Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, Plane Trigonometry, Math for Business & Social Sciences I and Intro to Philosophy during the minimester.

Students can also take advantage of the College’s convenient minimester online courses, which include the following classes: Cultural Anthropology, World Geography, American Government, Texas Government, U.S. History I and II, Medical Terminology I, Presentation Graphics Software, Music Appreciation, Foundations of Kinesiology, Personal Health, General Psychology, Human Sexuality, Lifespan Growth & Development, Introduction to Sociology, Marriage and Family and Public Speaking.

Students may register for one course during the minimester. For course listings and application and registration information, visit: www.blinn.edu/minimester.html.

For more information on the course or the Division of Natural Science, contact Division Chair Ken French at 979-830-4200, or by email at kfrench@blinn.edu.