KIN 414
Physical Activity and Nutrition

This course is designed to present an overview on nutritional aspects related to physical activity, since both are related to the vital metabolism of an individual.

Nutrition and activity are essential to the competitive athlete, the therapy associated with metabolic disorders, and for the accomplishment of daily living activities,

including work, leisure, and vegetative functions.

Instructor:    L. R. Brilla
               26 Carver
               Office Hours:  See bulletin board outside office door.
               Phone:  650-3056




Fink, H.H., Burgoon, L.A., & Mikesky, A.E. (2011) Practical Applications in Sports Nutrition. Jones & Bartlett: Boston 

(also available as an ebook on CourseSmart)



1.      To identify the six classes of nutrients.
2.      To describe the action of macronutrients in both basal and increased metabolic states.
3.      To describe the functions of selected micronutrients and to identify derangements associated with inadequate levels.     
4.      To identify factors which would deplete macronutrients or micronutrients especially related to physical activity.
5.      To identify the interaction of nutrients and physical activity in weight control.
6.      To define ergogenic aids and understand their relationship to physical performance.
7.      To acquiesce the mechanisms of nutrition and physical activity involvement in various metabolic disorders
        (concept of metabolic syndrome) including atherosclerosis, diabetes, and obesity.
Objectives are assessed by examination, with number five having more in depth 
coverage in the metabolic analysis paper



Examination Assessment:

Examinations will be mostly short-answer type. Occasionally, graphic relationships will be determined by either labelling a graph or demonstrating the relationship by drawing the graph on a labelled grid.


Collaborative Quiz will be completed by students working in pairs to answer questions. Each group of collaborators will receive the same score.
Students must change pairs for each quiz.

Non-Examination Assessment: Diet and Activity Analysis.
A personal diet and activity analysis will be performed over a 3-day period. All foods and beverages consumed will be recorded, entered into the NutritionistPro program,
and analyzed for energy and nutrient intake. All physical activities, including those of minimal energy expenditure such as sleeping, will be recorded in order to calculate
energy expenditure over an average 24-hour period from the 3-day record. A metabolic balance sheet will be developed.
There are two major sections of the analysis:

  • A review of the literature on metabolic balance: the body is an open system not closed so why does the equation for weight balance not work:
    • Kcal (in) NOT= Kcal (out) in weight balance, especially athletes [the physiology to explain this descrepancy must be addressed]
  • Weight control will be reviewed as well as reviewing nutrient ratios, deficiencies (<70%), and excesses (>120%).

Reference lists are required for supporting materials cited.
A minimum of 25-30 articles would be necessary for an in-depth review. An extra copy of the diet and activity analysis data sheets will be submitted with the analysis.

No minimum length is required as content is more important than rambling and reiteration. The points made should be done so concisely and supported
by citations. All papers must be typed and submitted by 4:30 p.m. on the date indicated on the Class Schedule. Failure to do so will result in a zero (0).
Any extensions must be arranged with the lecturer prior to the due date.

Winston Churchill: "The length of this document defends it well against the risk of being read."

Presentation: A herb will be assigned and students will make a 10-minute PowerPoint presentation on the topic as assigned in class.
The presentation should cover any known physical activity effects as well as a general knowledge of that herb.
Recent references should be the bulk of the bibliograpghy to provide current information. NO".com" sites are allowed since they have a commercial interest and may not be unbiased.
The student will email the presentation to the instructor and classmates on the Monday BEFORE the presentation.Failure to do so will result in point reductions.

Applications: (not required in 2014)
A list of activities are available on Canvas site. When choosing an article, food items for labels, or internet sites, send an email to all members of the class.
The items can be used only once and are on a first come basis. No duplicate items will be accepted. The maximum number of points per application is listed for each one.
The number of points may be reduced by incomplete work as determined by the instructor.


Grade Assessment:
Mid-term Exam 1                               60 pts.
Mid-term Exam 2                               60 pts.
Mid-term Exam 3                               60 pts.
Mid-term Exam 4                               60 pts.
Nutrient Analysis                             20 pts.
Metabolic Balance Analysis                    30 pts.	
Collaborative Quiz (3 X 10 pts each)          30 pts.
Presentations                                 20 pts.                        
Final Exam  			              60 pts.
                                              400 pts.
        A:      360+
        B:      320-359
        C:      280-319
        D:      240-279
        F:      Less than 240

Plus (+) and minus (-)grades are awarded on A, B, and C grades.    

Class Schedule

Week                  Lecture Topic          Readings

1                      Class of nutrients, energy expenditure,  metabolism         Ch. 1,2,8 Append. C

                                               Metabolism Problem Set  

Energy, Enzymes and Catalysis Problem Set


 2                      Carbohydrates                  Ch. 3

                       *Quiz #1, Wednesday, 8 April*




3                      Fats and Proteins              Ch. 4, 5

                       *Quiz #2, Wednesday, 15 April*



4                      Fat Soluble Vitamins           Ch. 6

                    *Exam #1, Wednesday, 22 April*


5                      Water Soluble Vitamins         Ch. 6

  *Quiz #3,Wednesday, 29 April*



6                      Minerals                       Ch. 7

                       *Nutrient Analysis*

                       Due Friday, 1 May



7                      Electrolytes                  Ch. 9

                       Ergogenic Foods                      

                      *Exam #2, Wednesday, 6 May



8                      Weight Control                Ch. 11

                       *Exam #3, Wednesday, 13 May*


      *Metabolic BalanceAnalysis*

         Due Friday, 22 May


9                      Special Nutritional Concerns   Ch. 12, 13, 14



10                     Physical Activity and Nutrition in Certain Disease States Ch. 15

                      *Exam #4, Wednesday, 28 May*





Final Exam: Monday, 8 June 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


For pedagogy students: 
Thoughtful, knowledgeable, and effective educators for a diverse society
Essential Academic Learning Requirement is partially addressed in the content of this course:
1. The student aquires the knowledge and skills necessary to maintain an active life: movement, physical fitness, and nutrition.
To meet the standard, the student will:
1.4 understand nutrition and food nutrients and  how they affect physical performance and the body 


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