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IPHY 2420 Nutrition for Health and Performance

Instructor Contact:

Heather L. Brady, PhD, MS, RDN, CLC


About the Instructor:

Hello and welcome to the course! I’d like to introduce myself and share a little bit about my background.  I received my B.S. degree in both Nutrition and Biology at St. Vincent College.  I earned my M.S. in Exercise Physiology at Kansas State University. Upon completing my Master’s Degree, I fulfilled the internship requirements for the Registered Dietitian program in Pittsburgh, PA. I then moved to Denver 15 years ago to obtain my doctorate degree in Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.  After graduating, I began a very fun career in professional speaking, teaching, and nutrition consulting.

I grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and I do admit that I am a huge Steelers fan, but the Broncos are my second favorite team. My favorite activity is spending time with my son, husband, Golden Retriever, Murphy, and Black Lab, Joanie (she was supposed to be Lucy, but my son had different plans.) Second to my family is my love for running! It was while I was attending graduate school that I decided to run a marathon (in order to relieve stress!) Shortly after completing the race, I decided that I wanted to learn as much as possible about optimal nutritional fueling for sports. Since then, I’ve run 118 marathons and 5 ultra-marathons…and counting. In addition to my love of the marathon distance, I enjoy volleyball, cycling, triathlons, and adventure racing. I’m looking forward to getting to know each of you and I really hope that you enjoy the course!

About The Course:

IPHY 2420 focuses on the basic anatomy, physiology, and chemistry of nutrition. Topics include weight management, the role of diet and lifestyle in disease prevention, specific nutrient deficiencies and toxicities, nutrition standards and guidelines, sports nutrition recommendations, agricultural practices, and food policy issues. IPHY juniors or seniors are excluded from taking this course. Credit not granted for both IPHY 2420 and 3420. IPHY 2420 is approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: natural science.

While a basic understanding of these topics is helpful, it is not necessary in order to enroll in the course.   Some students are surprised that basic math skills are often utilized in a nutrition course. For example, you will need to calculate your calorie and nutrient (carbohydrate, protein, fat) needs. As such, basic math skills are necessary for several units in this course. It is helpful if you always have your calculator handy.

Required texts:

Contemporary Nutrition: A Functional Approach, 3e or 4e by Gordon M. Wardlaw, Anne M. Smith, and Angela L. Collene.


My Health Project 225 3 sections (Part A, B, C) x 75 points each
Email Introduction to me 25 Send email the first week of class
Discussion Assignments 150 30 points x 5 discussions
Practice Exam 10 Points added for completing exam
Exam 1 100 Taken online in D2L
Exam 2 100 Taken online in D2L
Exam 3 100 Taken online in D2L
Total Possible Points 710 POINTS


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