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Susan Fredstrom
Assistant Professor
Department of Family Consumer Science
Minnesota State University
Energy Up, Weight Down?: Finding Nutrition Information

When Jill’s roommate Nancy starts using a nutritional product to improve her energy and lose weight, Jill goes searching for information about it. Her search leads her to nutrition labels, websites and, as she digs deeper, the results of scientific studies. She also draws on information from the class she’s taking in nutrition to answer her roommate’s questions. This short case, developed as a homework assignment for a unit on finding nutrition information, is used in an introductory nutrition class. It would also be appropriate for other health-related classes