Nutrition and Health for Physical Education

Unit code: SHE1001 | Study level: Undergraduate
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
Footscray Park


This unit introduces students to nutrition, healthy eating practices and the economic and sociocultural reasons behind people's food choices. It explores the main nutrient groups, and how diet and nutrition have a critical role in the promotion of healthy living and the prevention of chronic lifestyle-related diseases. Students investigate nutritional practices and how they affect growth, development and activity levels. While the unit looks broadly at global nutritional trends, it also emphasises current and emerging trends across Australia. The unit takes a sociological approach to understanding some of the cultural and social factors that impact people's food choices, including fad diets, body image, stereotypes and the media.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Apply theoretical knowledge of nutritional requirements for health and wellness;
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the Australian Dietary Guidelines; and,
  3. Investigate how social and economic factors affect nutrition and food choices.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
Online tests
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 40%
Dietary analysis report
Assessment type: Case Study
Grade: 40%
Sociological case study (game creation)

Required reading

Selected readings will be made available via the unit VU Collaborate site.

As part of a course

This unit is not a compulsorily taken as part of any specific course. Depending on the course you study, this unit may be taken as an elective.

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