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I signed up for my first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course): Nutrition for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention through Coursera.

The class starts in 10 days and I can't wait. While I have worked and taught in the online space before, this will be my first experience inside a MOOC. I'm excited by the newness of it and hope the course will be engaging, challenging and filled with diverse and curious learners.
I'll let you know.

At the moment one young member of our family isn't wild about vegetables. By "not wild about," I mean, she'll eat broccoli, peas or artichokes but any other vegetable is a mood-changer, and not in a good way. I am eager for this this narrow-paletted phase to end and I'm pretty sure she doesn't want to hear about nutrition from me. What's needed are some snazzy, engaging nutrition materials to plant in her path.

With this goal in mind, I visited the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) online. One of the first things I found was the Healthy Eating Plate (below), a nutrition guide created by experts at the Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School. HSPH's guide improves on the USDA's My Plate by emphasizing the quality of nutrients. (For details, see this HSPH article comparing the Healthy Eating Plate to My Plate.)

The Healthy Eating Plate       USDA's My Plate

Tomorrow, the Healthy Eating Plate will happen to be in the backseat during carpool. Chatter will ensue.