NUTR 221 CS Nutrition on the Net Assignment Purpose: To give you an opportunity to critically evaluate contemporary nutrition information that is published on the internet. Using evidence based resources on the internet to research and evaluate contemporary web-­‐based nutrition information will assist you in making informed decisions about nutrition related topics. Directions: 1) Select an internet article (not a peer reviewed journal) providing some type of nutrition information. Copy and paste the article into a Word document providing the name of the website and date it was retrieved from the web. You will lose credit if you only include a link to the website. – Nutrition topics may include any area you have an interest in. Examples include children’s nutrition, sports nutrition, weight management or specific topics such as trans fats, omega 3 fatty acids or phytochemicals. 2) Read through the internet article and answer questions 1-­‐6 in Part A. You do not have to retype the question itself; just identify the question number and give your answer. 3) Please do not omit any question on your answer page. If not applicable indicate with ‘NA’, as a skipped question will result in no credit. 4) In your article, go through and underline 3 claims or pieces of information such as statements that are included in the article “will turn fat to muscle…” or “it has been found that not getting enough sleep at night can make you overweight”. 5) You need to address each of the 3 claims or pieces of information separately and discuss whether each is valid or not as shown in Part B. 6) You need to base your judgment on information from one of the following types of sources. Sources must be published within the last 5-­‐10 years so that the information is current. a) Peer Reviewed Sources: You can use and key words to search for research articles such as Journal of the American Dietetic Association, New England Journal of Medicine, etc. Be sure to cite the reference with the name of the author(s), title of the research article, name of Journal, year, volume number and pages. -­‐Once you know the citation use the MSU library homepage, Journalist database link to find the original article. (You are usually limited to free abstracts in pubmed or other online search engines, not the full article.) b) Nutrition Text: Nutrition Sciences: From Fundamentals to Food -­‐ Can only be used for ONE of the claims -­‐ Please note page number in text where information was found c.) Internet sources: example: -­‐ Provide the complete web address to the actual site so it can be revisited to check on its accuracy. Be aware of sites that are associated with specific products as they would not be considered to be a reliable internet source. Wikepedia is another website that is not acceptable as the information is open for anyone to edit. 7) Grading for assignment is based on the following: Copy of article used (source & date retrieved) 5 pts Part A: Completed questions 1-­‐6 12 pts Part B: 3 claims with proper sources identified and cited. 21 pts Conclusions 2 pts Total 40 pts A. Guidelines for Evaluating Media Articles: Questions 1-­‐6 (Remember: do not leave any question blank; if it does not apply write NA) 1. What is the purpose of the article? Is it to sell products or ideas and make money? or is it to present factual information or to make a professional contribution? Do you believe it? Why? 2. What is the style of presentation? Is it educational or scientific? Are devices such as testimonials or scare tactics used? 3. What are the qualifications of the author of the article? (i.e. educational background, training, credentials or are they a journalist) If they have credentials do they match the area addressed in the article? (I.e. are they an agricultural botanist commenting on weight lifting?) 4. Is the factual data in the article based on appropriate research and experiences of experts in the field of health? Are any experts interviewed or quoted in the article and what are their qualifications? 5. Is there any evidence of research supporting claims? Are there defined trials or scientific findings reported in the article? Is the information based on scientific facts or on emotional appeal? 6. Has the information been published in professional medical and/or health journals? Are the research and data accepted or backed by reputable professionals or organizations? If not, why? In what other locations would you expect to find this article? B. Guidelines for Discussing each of the 3 Claims (Pieces of Information): Claim # 1: state the exact claim or statement from the article Example: “Will lose 5 lbs in 3 days” Claim #1 validity: discuss whether the claim is valid or not and briefly explain in your own words using information from a reliable source such as the examples listed on the previous page. Your assignment will be evaluated for originality and points will be lost if it does not show that you used your own words or failed to cite the quotes that you may have included in your discussion of validity. Source: Cite the source used (using standard citing method listed on previous page). A different source needs to be used for each claim. You can use 3 different Journal articles or a combination such as a Journal article, the text, and an internet resource. Use this same format for Claim #2 and Claim #3. C. Conclusion Short summary of how you accurate you thought the article was in terms of the nutrition topic and if you would recommend it to a friend or relative. SUBMIT: When your paper is complete, upload in the D2L Assignments folder