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Summer 2018 Online Courses

Posted: Apr. 4, 2018

NEP 1001 The Ethics of Eating (3)
This introductory course for non-majors provides a general overview of the scope of ethical issues we should consider surrounding the food we eat. We explore the intersection of the science and societal issues regarding what we eat. We will discuss what we choose to eat, how related issues such as agricultural practices and food transportation impact those choices with an emphasis on the intersection of the science and current societal considerations.

NEP 1485 Career Exploration in Exercise Science (1)
Basic nutrition principles, including: nutrient functions, food sources, and needs; healthy eating tools; energy balance and weight management; nutrition and fitness; nutrition through the life cycle; food safety; and consumer topics.

*NEP 1034 Intro to Human Nutrition (3)
Basic nutrition principles, including: nutrient functions, food sources, and needs; healthy eating tools; energy balance and weight management; nutrition and fitness; nutrition through the life cycle; food safety; and consumer topics.

NEP 1310 Foods and Cultures of the World (3)
Trans-disciplinary approach to nutrition, considering anthropological, physiological, geographical, socioeconomic and psychological elements in world nutrition.  These ideas will be explored in the context of cuisines and cultures that are found in the US, but originate elsewhere.

*NEP 1340 Intro to Exercise and Fitness (3)
Provides students with practical information about exercise and physical fitness.  After taking this class, students will be prepared to be physically active, understand the "Do's and Don'ts" of exercise, and know how to live a healthy way of life.  As part of the course, students will assess their current level of activity/fitness, develop a plan for improvement, and put that plan into action.

NEP 1995 Nutritional Food Science (3)
The study of components of food systems and how they are affected by processing, preservation, preparation and by techniques that improve taste, texture, flavor, appearance and nutrient retention. This course is 100% online and includes a virtual lab.

*#NEP 2380 Diet Therapy for the Health Professional (3)
Principles underlying normal nutrition and diet for health and disease. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites:  Prerequisites: sophomore standing. Sophomore status

*#NEP 2450 Nutrition through the Lifespan (3)
Nutritional requirements, challenges, community nutrition programs, and eating patterns throughout the life span with emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention; Role of beliefs, culture, socio-psychological influences, and economic resources in food selection and nutrition/health status. Lecture/discussion course. Prerequisites: NEP 1034 or NEP 2340 or NEP 2380 or equivalent

*NEP 3450 Physical Activity through the Lifespan (3)
Course is designed to develop knowledge and understanding of the value of physical activity across the lifespan. The physiology, psychology, and guidelines of exercise, along with the integration of nutrition with physical activity, will be explored from pregnancy through early development and into old age. Graded on A-F basis only.  Prerequisites:  NEP 1340

*NEP 4200/7200 Sports Performance and Conditioning (3)
Course utilizes scientific theory and applied instruction to teach procedures, techniques, and modalities used to improve physical sports performance.  Graded on A-F basis only.  Prerequisites:  Physiology, Anatomy or instructor consent; junior or senior standing required - cross-leveled with NEP 7200.

*Will count toward the Wellness Minor #Will count toward the Nutrition Minor


Dr. Padilla Wins Inaugural AJP-Heart and Circulatory Physiology Article Impact Award

Posted: Feb. 16, 2018

Dr. PadillaCongratulations to Dr. Jaume Padilla, assistant professor at NEP, for winning the inaugural American Journal of Physiology-Heart and Circulatory Physiology Article Impact Award 2017. The award is based on Dr. Padilla's article entitled, "Prolonged sitting-induced leg endothelial dysfunction is prevented by fidgeting," which was published in July 2016. Congratulations on this well-deserved accolade! The award will be announced at the American Physiological Society Cardiovascular Section Banquet at the Experimental Biology Meeting 2018 in San Diego, CA.


Spring Seminar Series

Posted: Jan. 12, 2018

All seminars are held in Acuff Auditorium, School of Medicine on Thursdays from 4:00 – 5:00 pm, unless otherwise noted.

Date Speaker Title
Jan. 18 Jay Porter, MS
University of Missouri
Anti-inflammatory effects of exercise training in adipose tissue do not require FGF21
Jan. 25 Rebecca Dirkes, MS
University of Missouri
Nutritional and hormonal influences on bone health
Feb. 1 Tom Jurrissen, MS
University of Missouri
Vascular dysfunction in the setting of obesity; role of Endothelin 1
Feb. 8 Jamie Zoellner, RD, PhD
University of Virginia
Lifestyle promotion interventions targeting medically underserved communities
Feb. 15 Steven Segal, PhD
University of Missouri
Microcirculation during skeletal muscle regeneration
Feb. 22 Laurel Jacobs, PhD, MPH
University of Arizona
The "wicked" problem of obesity: evaluating multilevel interventions in lower-income communities to address a complex public health issue
Mar. 1 Folami Ideraabdullah, PhD
University of North Carolina
Role of developmental Vitamin D status in establishing the adult epigenome
Mar. 8 Dawn Coletta, PhD
University of Arizona Health Sci.
Epigenetics of muscle insulin resistance in humans
Mar. 15 Ellen Evans, PhD, FACSM
University of Georgia - Athens
A higher protein weight loss diet and exercise training: Potential keys to optimal body composition change and enhanced physical function in older women
Apr. 5 Eugene Chang, MD
University of Chicago
Small intestine microbiota regulate host digestive and absorptive adaptive response to dietary lipis
Apr. 19 Lauren Walsh
University of Missouri
Prolonged sitting-induced leg vascular dysfunction and the protective role of shear stress
May 3 Sean Adams, PhD
Arkansas Children’s Nutritional Center
Metabolic features of exercise, fitness, & diabetes: Insights from metabolomics and xenometabolomics

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Caroline Pruente Awarded the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Scholarship

Posted: Dec. 18, 2017

Caroline Pruente, MU student enrolled in the NEP Coordinated Program in Dietetics, was awarded the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Scholarship for the 2017-18 school year in the amount of $1000 from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation. Pruente is pursuing a career in nutrition and dietetics and is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to accelerating improvements in global health and well-being through food and nutrition. Congratulations Caroline for this great achievement!


NEP Dietetics Student Featured on Mizzou News

Posted: Dec. 6, 2017

NEP dietetics student, Ramiro Arreola, was recently featured on Mizzou News in an article entitled, "Against All Odds: California Student Overcomes a Tough Upbringing to Study Dietetics at Mizzou."

Ramiro (right) has thrived while at Mizzou, earning a near perfect GPA. Here he is pictured with Chris Hardin, chair and professor of nutrition and exercise physiology (left).

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Chris Hardin and Ramiro Arreola


Dr. Parks Interviewed by the American Society for Nutrition

Dr. ParksDr. Elizabeth J. Parks, NEP Professor and Past Chair of the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) Publications Committee, was recently interviewed by ASN and featured in the member spotlight section of Nutrition Notes, August 2017 edition.

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NEP Student Earns Honorable Mention

Congratulations to Kelsey Boschert, NEP undergraduate student, on earning an Honorable Mention for her presentation at the Undergraduate Research & Creative Forum.

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Dr. Hinton - In the News


Dr. Rector Receives Bio-Serv Award

Scott RectorCongratulations to NEP Associate Professor Dr. Scott Rector on his 2017 Bio-Serv Award in Experimental Animal Nutrition from the American Society for Nutrition (ASN). The award will be presented at the annual Experimental Biology meeting in late April in Chicago. This award is given for meritorious research in nutrition accomplished by an investigator within 10 years of postgraduate training. The work recognized must involve the nutrition of experimental animals used as models. The award is supported by Bio-Serv, Inc.


NEP Students Receives Scholarship

Congratulations to NEP student, Daniel Ticona, for receiving the 2017 Campus Dining Services Student Employee of the Year Scholarship. This is a terrific recognition and well-deserved!


Consumers Adjust Holiday Meals with Healthy Alternatives

Jennifer Bean, NEP Assistant Teaching Professor, was recently featured on KOMU discussing healthy alternatives to holiday meals.

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Dr. Vieira-Potter's Research Receives Media Attention

Dr. Vieira-Potter's research on Deactivation of Brain Receptors in Postmenopausal Women May Lead to Lack of Physical Activity has received national media attention from a variety of media outlets. Findings suggest that menopause can affect women's motivation to stay active.


Dr. Parks - Noted Researcher in Biomedical Science

Elizabeth ParksDr. Elizabeth Parks was recently highlighted as a noted researcher in biomedical science on the National Institute of Health website's Women Scientists in Action.