Athens, Ga. – Dr. Emma Laing has a goal in mind for students in her human nutrition and food class that goes well beyond tests and grades: changed lives.
“The main goal for this course is to empower students to take charge of their health through nutrition so they can reduce their risk of chronic diseases later in life,” said Laing, an associate research scientist and award-winning instructor in the FACS foods and nutrition department. “This is a practical course where students will gain information about healthy eating that will help them throughout the rest of their life.”
Laing navigates students through the often confusing and overwhelming principles of nutrition, analyzing the science behind fad diets, supplements, sports nutrition, genetically modified organisms, hidden sugars in food, vegetarianism and more.
“While many of us already know that nutrition plays an important role in helping us feel good and reach our health and fitness goals, we all struggle with finding time and resources to eat a balanced diet along with getting enough regular physical activity,” Laing said. “Students in this course will learn about the appropriate selection of foods and beverages, timing of intake and even dietary supplement choices that have been linked to optimal health.”
The course, FDNS 2100, still has spots available in fall 2015. No prerequisites are required and students don’t have to be in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences to take the course.
The fall course is held Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:05-9:55 a.m.
Previous students have given Laing praise for her engaging, lively style of teaching.
“She generates a fun and engaging learning environment by making class relatable, interactive and exciting in a way that I haven’t seen before,” said Katie Norris, a previous teaching assistant under Laing. “Dr. Laing genuinely cares about all of her students, going above and beyond for them, and I really respect her for that.”
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