PDP Credit Nutrition Courses

In the video above, registered dietitian Laura Judd and chef Walter Dunphy teach Healthy Cooking on a Budget students how to prepare Caribbean jerk chicken.


The Sargent Choice Nutrition Center offers the following courses to Boston University students at the Fitness and Recreation Center each year. All courses are designed to foster skills and strategies for meal planning, dining out, food shopping, and recipe modification through interactive sessions and cooking demonstrations. Current offerings include:

  • Healthy Dieting (PDP NT 101)
    Just as every person is unique, every person’s healthy diet must also be unique. This course will emphasize the scientific evidence about nutrition and activity for appropriate and effective weight loss. Participants are guided through an assessment of their nutrition needs, health goals, lifestyle demands and constraints, and food preferences in order to establish realistic goals for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. Skills and strategies for meal planning, dining out, food shopping and recipe modification will be introduced through interactive sessions and cooking demonstrations. This course is taught by Lisa Ferreira.
  • Nutrition Essentials (PDP NT 102)
    In this course students will learn the fundamentals of nutrition and be guided through an assessment of their individual nutritional needs. Participants will develop skills and strategies to apply course concepts to their day-to-day lives and work toward their personal health and nutrition goals. Emphasis will be placed on separating nutrition fact from fiction and examining products and marketing with a critical eye. Skills and strategies for meal planning, dining out, food shopping, and recipe modification will be introduced through interactive sessions and cooking demonstrations.  This course is taught by Lisa Ferreira.
  • Vegetarian Nutrition (PDP NT 103)
    Vegetarian eating practices may result in reduced risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, obesity and some forms of cancer. However, simply avoiding animal products does not ensure a healthier bottom line. This course is for anyone interested in learning more about vegetarian lifestyles and reaping the benefits of a well-planned vegetarian diet. Nutrients of concern and appropriate vegetarian food sources are covered for each type of vegetarian from vegan to flexitarian. Skills and strategies for nutritious and delicious meal planning, food shopping, recipe modification and dining out are introduced during interactive sessions. This course is taught by Sarah Butler.
  • Healthy Cooking on a Budget (PDP NT 104)
    If healthy eating was simple, affordable, and delicious, everyone would do it! How do you plan balanced meals and snacks without breaking the bank? Step 1: Understand your unique nutrition needs and the health-promoting foods that will help you meet them. Step 2: Perfect the skills and strategies for stocking a healthy kitchen, modifying favorite recipes, and basic cooking by participating in a series of interactive sessions. The end result: You will be well on your way to a lifetime of true “value meals”. This course is taught by Lauren Ferraro.

Register via the Student Link

Video by Alan Wong.  Originally featured in BU Today.

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