The Nutrition Facts Panel Online Course: A Guide to Wise Food Choices
This free online course helps families read and utilize nutrition facts label.
Nutrition facts label provide specific information about a food's caloric value and its nutrient content. In this course you will be learn:
- How to read a nutrition facts panel for a food’s carbohydrate, protein, and fat content.
- What the “Percent Daily Value” means and how to use this information to make wise food choices.
- Tools to reach the goal of limiting cholesterol, saturated fats, and sodium in your diet, and getting more fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
This course is free and takes about an hour to complete. Upon completion, you will receive a certificate.
Are you in a public assistance program? This course counts as one hour of a job/life skills training. In this course you will learn about reading food labels. Effectively reading food labels can help you make wise food choices and stay healthier. Staying healthy is important while looking for work, and can help you keep a job when you’re in the workforce. See other Educational Offerings for People who Receive Public Assistance.
How do I get started?
You can gain immediate access to this course by following these simple instructions.
Please note that for this course your computer will need the following:
- Access to the internet
- Adobe Reader (available as a free download)
- Adobe Flash Player, version 8.0 or newer (available as a free download)
- Internal or external speakers (audio scripts are available within the course as an alternative)
This course is free and does not require registration. You can access and return to the course as often as needed.
Looking for a take and teach lesson? The following lesson plan can be used with job clubs and other in-person gatherings. It helps reinforce the ideas of the course and gives participants the opportunity to apply what they have learned.
The materials in this online course were developed and/or adapted in 2012 by Connie Burns, Extension Educator with Health and Nutrition, with assistance from Research Assistants Weiyang Xie and Dung Mao.
Other Recommended Resources
Calories Count — What does your calorie budget look like? Learn to navigate between nutrient-rich and calorie-rich foods.
Healthy Eating Basics — Review the basics of a balanced diet.
Education Offerings for People Who Receive Public Assistance — Educational offerings that help build important job/life skills.
Take and Teach Lesson: How to Understand and Use the Nutrition Facts Panel (584 K PDF) — Supplemental lesson for professionals that reinforces the concepts of The Nutrition Facts Panel Online Course.