Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Spring has Sprung and Summer is Soon

Greetings Students,
This summer, I will be teaching two online nutrition classes, one at each of the colleges at which I am employed. It is the same class for each school. Classes for summer fill up quickly as do waitlists. I will post more information the week before school starts. But, the textbook for summer will be the same (although it is changing for Fall). If you are hoping to be added, please do keep trying to get on the waitlist (if not already on it) as I do have to fill adds from the waitlist, first.
Eat well, play fit,
Denise C. Russo, MR RD CGEI
Cabrillo College, Aptos
West Valley College, Saratoga

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Late Start West Valley Class
Class starts on March 17th with class content and syllabus available by 6 pm on Monday night. All enrolled students will need to confirm enrollment via email (by 3/18) and participate in at least one of the first week's assignments.

If you are looking for information on the Late Start Class at Cabrillo, it starts on March 24th. Check with Eileen MacKusick for more information.

This blog is for general information, only. Information specific to each section of class will be made available within the classroom portal (Angel for West Valley, Blackboard for Cabrillo).

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Spring Semester 2014: Welcome Back

Welcome Back to School!

Online Learners: There is still room in the West Valley online classes. Cabrillo students, they are adding a late start, online class with Eileen Mackusick.

West Valley Students:

NS15 Online (2 sections). Classes start January 27th. I will have our syllabus released by 5 pm on that Monday. Until then, you will find no course content and, during development, the link may even be missing in your class list but will be available by that 5 pm time. Course content will be available by Tuesday night, January 28th.  There is no face-to-face orientation scheduled, however you must read the entire syllabus to better understand how to navigate the class. In addition, there is an online orientation, posted on youtube, see below. All enrolled students must email between 1/26 and 1/28, to confirm their spot in the class. Students who do not make contact with me during that time may be dropped from the class to make room for those wishing to add. In addition, please make sure that your email address is up-to-date with the college as I will email all students on my class roster by January 24th.

West Valley Online Orientation (Please note that there may be some subtle changes to orientation information and that update information is available in the syllabus and within the class.)

Orientation, Part 1, Introduction:

Orientation, Part 2, Quizzes:

Orientation, Part 3, Discussion:

Orientation, Part 4, Assignments:

Orientation, Part 5, Communication:

Cabrillo Students 

CAHM 20 (3 sections): All classes (online and face-to-face) begin on
Tuesday, January 28th. Students enrolled in the online section must attend the mandatory orientation/first class meeting on 1/27 from 7-9 pm in room 510. Any student who cannot attend the orientation  will need to email between 1/25 and 1/27 (before 5 pm) to prevent being dropped from the class and to make alternate arrangements. See Spring schedule-of-classes for more information. All online students should log into class, via Blackboard, on January 28th, after 5 pm. In addition, please make sure that your email address is up-to-date with the college as I will email all students on my class roster by January 24th. In addition to attending orientation, students must have positive participation in class within the first week to prevent being dropped from the class.

Face-to-face students (T/Th mornings) need to attend class on January 28th to confirm class participation or will be dropped from the class to allow another student to add. Class meets in room 510. The syllabus will be posted in Blackboard so you may download it from there, before class, if you would like a hard copy.

Online Orientation for Cabrillo:

All waitlisted students MUST email by the first day of class to communicate their interest in an add code. I will not be able to release add codes until I have an idea of how many enrolled students will be dropping. Please note that I am required to add all waitlisted students prior to other adds but I need that request by the first day of school. It is highly advised that any student interested in adding the class keep trying to get on the waitlist, up until the day class starts. (Once classes begin, you can no longer register for the class without an add code.) The process is such that if a student drops from the roster, before the first day of school, the person 1st on the waitlist will be offered that spot (via email, so check email daily). Whether that person accepts the position or not, they will move off of the waitlist, making a new position open on the waitlist. Because of this, spots open up on the waitlist frequently, so it is important to keep checking. Once classes begin and the first day is complete, I can then assess if I have room for students NOT on the waitlist. If a waitlisted student does not attend class/orientation (Cabrillo) or email me (West Valley) on the first day, they no longer have priority. I will assign add codes based on availability.

Explanation: Although it does seem that an online class should have "room" for all students, every class has a capacity based on state funding. Over-enrolling in a class can cause the college to go over on its total student capacity. Since the college doesn't get reimbursed for students who are enrolled over the allowed capacity, there is then a limit on the amount of "room" available in all classes, online or face-to-face.

Textbook: Please see the sidebar for information about the textbook.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Winter Session 2014
Welcome Back West Valley!

Welcome to winter session. I look forward to a session of learning about nutrition with you! Classes begin on 1/3 and end 1/26.  This 4-week (but really 3 week) course is INTENSIVE and covers all of the information and assignments found in a regular semester, with a little modification. Plan that each week of class is equal to 4+ weeks of a full-term class. On average, students report spending 10-30 hours per week on this class. The number one reason for dropping the course is the taking of more than one class while trying to work. Students consistently enjoy the material offered in the class and the organization of our classroom so, with the right study skills, I anticipate a fast 3 weeks of success and learning.

Our online classroom is now open and the syllabus and first discussion post are available, as is the Intro Quiz. All other items (for week 1) will become available the evening of January 2nd.  West Valley students enrolled in the class will need to post an introduction post on the discussion board by 11:55 pm, January 2nd or you may be dropped from the course to make room for a waitlisted student. Once all enrolled students confirm their spot (which is done by January 2nd), I will drop any "no-participation" and begin adding from the waitlist first. It is important, if you are wanting to be added, whether on the waitlist or not, that you email me the week before classes begin to request an add code. Those will be released, as available on 1/3 and 1/4. I also encourage students interested in adding to check the schedule daily as between now and then, enrolled students will drop which will move waitlisted students up into the class and make more room available on the waitlist. Please read this blog's sidebar for further information about the course, textbooks, etc.

In addition to encouraging you to clear your calendar to make time to study in the next 4 weeks, I highly recommend that you obtain the book this week. Delays in obtaining the book will prevent your success in this class. We are using the 13th edition. I have had several past students say that they used the 12th edition and felt that it provided them with most (although not all) of the required information (and I have seen students miss a few points, over the course of the entire semester, based on having the earlier version). The link I provide in my sidebar does provide the loose leaf book for a lower price (the lowest you will find when combined with the Diet Analysis Plus application) but shipping should be expedited as there is sometimes a delay in the processing of the order. If you order from Cengage, definitely select the option to add the free 14 day ebook. The link for the textbook purchase is and you want the bundled option at ~$118.

The winter course schedule follows:

Week One
Block 1

Ends Thursday 1/9
Released by 11:55 pm on ½ and due 1/9 at 11:55 pm
Assigned Reading and Associated Quiz
·       Read Syllabus (Quiz 1 Intro)
·       Chapter 1 & Highlight 10 (Quiz2)
·       Chapter 2 & Chapter 10 (B12 only), & Highlight 13 (Quiz 3)
·       Chapter 3 plus Appendix B (Covalent bonding) (Quiz 4)
·       Chapter 4 plus Chapter 13 (Chromium, only) (Quiz 5)
·       Chapter 5, & Chapter 11 (Vit E) (Quiz 6)
Assignment 1
Discussion 1
Due: 1/9
Quiz 1 (Intro)
Quiz 2

Quiz 3

Quiz 4

Quiz 5

Quiz 6
Assignment 1 Discussion 1
Quizzes 1-6, Assignment1, D1Due by 11:55 pm Thursday, 1/9
Complete Three Day Food Diary/Analysis before end of Week 1 (see Lessons Page for Directions) and use for ALL Assignments

Week Two
Block 2

Ends Thursday 1/16
Released at 11:55 pm on 1/10 and due 1/16, at 11:55 pm
Assigned Reading and Associated Quiz
·       Chapter 6 & Chapter 20: Hunger (Quiz 7)
·       Chapter 7 & Chapter 14 (Quiz 8)                 (2 chapters on Quiz 8)
·       Chapter 8 & Chapter 9 (Quiz 9)                  (2 chapters on Quiz 8)
Assignment 2
Discussion 2
Due 1/16
Quiz 7

Quiz 8

Quiz 9
Assignment 2
Discussion 2
Quizzes 7-9, Assignment 2, D2: Due by 11:55 pm, Thursday, 1/16

Week Three
Assignment Block 3

Ends Thursday 1/23
Released by 11:55 pm on 1/17 and due 1/23, at 11:55 pm
Assigned Reading and Associated Quiz
·       Chapter 18, Chapter 10 (Vit C), Chapter 11 (Vit A), Chapter 12 (sodium, potassium, magnesium), Chapter 13 (Selenium) & Highlight 11 (Quiz 10)
·       Chapter 15 & Chapter 10 (folate) & Chapter 13 (iodine) (Quiz 11)
·       Chapter 16 & Ch 13 (iron, zinc, fluoride) (Quiz 12)
·       Chapter 17, Ch 11 (Vit D), Ch 12 (calcium), and HL 12 (Quiz 13)
·       Chapter 19 (Quiz 14)
Assignment 3
Discussion 3
Due 1/23

Quiz 10

Quiz 11

Quiz 12

Quiz 13
Quiz 14
Assignment 3
Discussion 3

Please note that Chapters 10-13 are integrated into the assigned learning, either with chapter reading OR as part of an assignment. 

Eat well, play fit and I look forward to "meeting" you all in class!
Gmail: nutritionrusso

Links to general orientation material follow:
West Valley Online Orientation (Please note that there may be some subtle changes to orientation information and that update information is available in the syllabus and within the class.)

Orientation, Part 1, Introduction:

Orientation, Part 2, Quizzes:

Orientation, Part 3, Discussion:

Orientation, Part 4, Assignments:

Orientation, Part 5, Communication:

Friday, October 18, 2013

Late Start at West Valley begins 10/21

The late start nutrition class is currently full with a fairly full wait-list. Classroom set-up is occurring this week and we will be ready to go with all content by 3 pm on Monday. Enrolled students need to email me by Sunday evening to confirm participation in the class. Waitlisted students need to email me to request an add code during the first week. I am not sure how many students I will be able to add but historically I can add several students off of the waitlist.

This 8 week course covers all of the same material as the 16 week course and meets the same transfer agreements. As such, you can anticipate that each week of class will cover 2 weeks worth of material. Please plan accordingly. This class is reading intensive and also uses videos on the internet to supplement education. You will complete a self-nutrient analysis and answer many questions/meal plan around your personal intake. The syllabus has not yet been posted but the tentative plan follows this post. In addition, there are some orientation videos available that will help you with basic navigation. Those videos are designed for the 16 week course and there may be some discrepancies between what you are required to complete so please follow our course syllabus.

Between now and class start, I do suggest ordering the book. Check the price at the West Valley bookstore (and have it in your hand immediately). Or, check the price on the link in my sidebar. That is a publisher discount and it is usually the least expensive way to purchase both of the items. If you do purchase online, please make sure to download the chapters during the 1 week that they make the book available to you as the shipped book does not always arrive in a timely fashion. I speak from experience. :)

I look forward to "meeting" all of you in our virtual class. Please email me if you have further questions.
Eat well, play fit,
Denise C. Russo, MS RD CGEI

Week (Starts Tues)
Assigned Reading, Associated Quizzes & Assignments
Due Date
Week 1: 8/27

Assignment Block 1
Topic: Welcome to Class
·   Read Syllabus (Quiz 1 Intro)
·   Assignment 1: released
·   Discussion 1: D1 (Introduction post, post weekly)
·   Take time to explore orientation videos, assignments, syllabus, reports and all class components.
·   Register Diet Analysis Plus (see Lessons folder)
Due: 9/3
Quiz 1
D1: Intro post

Week 2:  9/3
Topic: An Overview Of Nutrition
·   Chapter 1 & Highlight 10 (Quiz 2)
·   Discussion 2:  D2 (post weekly)
·   Begin 5 day food record (used for various Assignments)
Due: 9/10
Quiz 2
D2 post
Week 3: 9/10
Topic: Meal Planning
·   Chapter 2, Chapter 10 (B12, only) & Highlight 13 (Quiz 3)
·   Analyze 5 day food record using Diet Analysis Plus
·   Discussion 3: D3 (post weekly)
Due : 9/17
Quiz 3
D3 post

Week 4: 9/17
Topic: Digestion
·   Chapter 3 and Appendix B, covalent bonding (Quiz 4)
·   Discussion 4: D4 (post weekly)
·   Run Diet Analysis Reports and save
·  Submit answers for Assignment 1 (uses reports from Diet Analysis Plus)
Due: 9/24
Quiz 4
D4 post
Assignment 1

Week 5: 9/24

Assignment Block 2
Topic: Carbohydrates
·   Chapter 4 & Chapter 13 (chromium, only) (Quiz 5)
·   Discussion 5: D5 (post weekly)
·   Assignment 2: released
Due: 10/1
Quiz 5
D5 post

Week 6: 10/1
Topic: Lipids
·   Chapter 5 & Chapter 11 (Vit E, only) (Quiz 6)
·   Discussion 6: D6 (post weekly)
Due: 10/8
Quiz 6
D6 post
Week 7: 10/8
Topic: Protein & Malnutrition
·   Chapter 6 & Chapter 20 (Hunger & Malnutrition, only) (Quiz 7)
·   Discussion 7: D7 (post weekly)
Due: 10/15
Quiz 7
D7 post

Week 8: 10/15
Topic: Metabolism and Sports Nutrition
·   Chapter 7 & Chapter 14, all (Quiz 8)
·   Discussion 8: D8 (post weekly)
·   Assignment 2 due
Due: 10/22
Quiz 8
D8 closes
Assignment 2
Week 9: 10/22

Assignment Block 3
Topic: Energy Balance and Weight Control
·   Chapter 8 & Chapter 9, all (Quiz 9)
·   Discussion 9: D9 (post weekly)
·   Assignment 3: released
Due: 10/29
Quiz 9
D9 post

Week 10: 10/29
Topic: Nutrition and Health
·   Chapter 18, Chapter 10 (Vit C, only), Chapter 11 (Vit A and highlight, only), Chapter 12 (sodium, potassium, magnesium, only) and Chapter 13 (selenium, only) (Quiz 10)
·   Discussion 10: D10 (post weekly)
Due: 11/5
Quiz 10
D10 post

Week 11: 11/5
Topic: Nutrition and Pregnancy & Breastfeeding
·   Chapter 15, Chapter 10 (folate, only) & Chapter 13 (iodine, only) (Quiz 11)
·   Discussion 11: D11 (post weekly)
Due: 11/12
Quiz 11
D11 post

Week 12: 11/12
Topic: Nutrition and Childhood
·   Chapter 16 & Chapter 13 (iron, zinc, fluoride, only) (Quiz 12)
·   Discussion 12: D12 (post weekly)
·   Assignment 3 due
Due: 11/19
Quiz 12
D12 closes
Assignment 3
Week 13: 11/19

Assignment Block 4
Topic: Nutrition and Older Adults
·   Chapter 17, Chapter 11 (Vitamin D, only), Chapter 12 (calcium and highlight) (Quiz 13)
·   Discussion 13: D13 (post weekly)
·   Assignment 4: released
Due: 11/26
Quiz 13
D13 post

Week 14: 11/26
Topic: Vitamins and Minerals (use this info for Assignment 4)
·   Chapter 10 (overview, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, biotin, pantothenic acid, B6, choline and interactions)
·    Chapter 11 (vitamin K and summary, only)
·   Chapter 12 (water, overview, chloride, phosphorus, sulfate)
·   Chapter 13 (overview, copper, manganese, molybdenum and contaminants)
·   Linus Pauling Institute (see chapter outlines)
·   Discussion 14: D14 (post weekly)
Due: 12/3
D14 post

No quiz due this week but Assignment 4 and D15 post due next Saturday
Week 15: 12/3

Assignments due Saturday, 5/18
Topic: Food Safety
·   Please note changed due date for this week!!!!
·   Chapter 19 (Quiz 14, due date extended)
·   Discussion 15: D15 (post weekly)
·   Discussion 16: D16 (feedback, released early)
·   Submit answers for Assignment 4
Due: 12/7 (Saturday!)

D15 post
Assignment 4

Week 16: 12/10
Course Completion
·   Quiz 14 due by Thursday
·   Discussion 16: D16 (post weekly)
Due: 12/12 (Thursday!)
Quiz 14