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HUNT313 Life Cycle Nutrition

Maternal nutrition, the growing foetus, lactation, issues in infant feeding; nutrition during childhood and adolescence; interactions between nutrition and the ageing process - challenging the myths.

Lifecycle Nutrition examines what is known about the relationship between diet and health at different points in the life cycle and the nutritional requirements of individuals of different ages.

Paper title Life Cycle Nutrition
Paper code HUNT313
Subject Human Nutrition
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,059.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,627.65

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HUNT 221-223 or (HUNT 201 and 202). Note: students in the Bachelor of Applied Sciences with a major in Sport and Exercise Nutrition may take this paper having passed HUNT 221 and one of HUNT 222 or HUNT 223. To do this, apply for Special Permission at the Review and Submit stage of your application.
Recommended Preparation
STAT 115 and at least 18 200-level BIOC or PHSL points
Schedule C
Teaching staff
Associate Professor Anne-Louise Heath
Paper Structure

The paper consists of two 50-minute lectures and one practical session per week. The course is split into three modules a) Maternal and Infant, b) Childhood and Adolescence, and c) Ageing.

Lectures will provide an overview of the role of nutrition throughout the lifecycle. Practical sessions will be used to develop an understanding of some current issues in nutritional health through the use of guest lectures, practical assignments and self directed learning.

Teaching Arrangements
Two lectures per week and one practical session per week.

Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Key research papers will be used to complement lecture material. These will be available through Blackboard.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
Maternal and Infant:
  • Understand the determination of nutrient requirements during pregnancy, lactation, infancy and early childhood in relation to normal growth and development
  • Understand the assessment of normal growth and body composition during pregnancy, postpartum and early childhood
  • Describe human milk production, regulation, nutritional composition and benefits
  • Describe infant feeding guidelines and complementary feeding practices
  • Characterise food and nutritional issues during pregnancy and early childhood with reference to the NZ Food and Nutrition Guidelines
Childhood and Adolescence:
  • Be aware of the food and nutrition guidelines for children and adolescents and understand that children and adolescents have special nutritional requirements, compared with adults, that change throughout childhood and adolescence
  • Be aware of findings from recent surveys of children for foods and nutrients of interest
  • Be able to identify factors that may influence food intake in children and adolescents and to discuss potential options for improving food choice in children and adolescents
  • Be able to discuss potential options for the prevention of childhood obesity
  • Be able to discuss the role of calcium in bone health in children and adolescents
  • Describe the changes in physiological function and body composition that occur with ageing and their impact on nutritional requirements
  • Understand the role of nutrition and physical activity in various health conditions associated with ageing
  • Be aware of key nutritional issues among older populations in developed countries
  • Understand the potential impact of various physical, behavioural and socio-economic factors on nutrition in old age
  • Evaluate the advisability of dietary modifications and lifestyle changes in old age

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Friday 08:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41