Virtual High School is happy to announce the launch of a distinctive new course: HFA4U, Nutrition and Health, which is studied at the grade 12 university level.

A screenshot from an HFA4U, Nutrition and Health lesson about the dangers of sugar.

In HFA4U, students will examine the relationship among energy balance, food, and nutritional status; how nutritional needs differ throughout the various stages of life; and the role nutrition plays in disease and health. Students will evaluate trends in nutrition and how food choices can influence policies that have to do with environmental responsibility and food security. Students will also gain knowledge pertaining to healthful eating, food preparation techniques, and research skills. 

The HFA4U course contains many fascinating assessments including a redesign of the food guide, a field study of local food security, opportunities to practice meal planning and cooking, and a debate as to whether or not sugar is addictive.

This course introduces students to possible careers such as public health nurse, chef, nutritionist, and dietitian, among others. To be eligible for this course, students must have completed any university or university/college preparation course in social sciences and humanities, English, or Canadian and world studies.