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HFA4U Grade 12 Nutrition And Health (University)

  • Grade 12

PREREQUISITE: Any university or university/college preparation course in social sciences and humanities, English, or Canadian and world studies

GRADE: 12 (University)

AVAILABILITY: Blyth Academy Online

THE ONTARIO CURRICULUMSocial Sciences and Humanities

Course Overview

HFA4U online examines the relationships between food, energy balance, and nutritional status; the nutritional needs of individuals at different stages of life; and the role of nutrition in health and disease. Students will evaluate nutrition-related trends and will determine how food choices can promote food security and environmental responsibility. In HFA4U online, students will learn about healthy eating, expand their repertoire of food-preparation techniques, and develop their social science research skills by investigating issues related to nutrition and health. Whether you take the HFA4U course online or on campus, the curriculum will help prepare you for the next steps for your further education and future career.

Course Outline

Below is a course outline of the HFA4U unit titles, descriptions, and curriculum expectations. Whether students take the HFA4U course online or in person, the course will cover the same topics and expected learning outcomes. HFA4U is a Social Sciences and Humanities course with the curriculum set by the Ontario Ministry of Education, ensuring that all students completing the course explore the same topics and achieve the same learning outcomes.

The Social Sciences and Humanities curriculum requires various learning strategies. This curriculum is designed both to engage students in reflective learning and to help students develop practical skills. Students taking the HFA4U Nutrition and Heath course are expected to learn and apply inquiry skills and research methods related to this discipline. At the same time, students are expected to conduct research and analysis that employs both traditional and technological resources to achieve the HFA4U learning outcomes.

Nutrition and Health

Essential Question: How does the body use food to provide energy?

In this unit, students will learn about nutrients, the specific components that make-up food, and the impact that they have on health. Students will explore Canadian food guidelines and those around the world. They will also analyze their own diet!

Food Preparation Skills

Essential Question: How can accidents in the kitchen be prevented? How can food safely be handled to avoid food-borne illnesses?

In this unit, students will get to step into the kitchen and get their hands dirty! Students will learn some new skills and get creative by coming up with their own recipes.

Eating Patterns and Trends

Essential Question: How do nutritional needs change throughout the lifespan?

In this unit, students will learn about the way nutritional needs change throughout a person’s growth and development. Students will also learn about the powerful connection between nutrition and disease and about trends in food production and consumption.

Local and Global Issues

Essential Question: In what way is the environment affected by food production and how can we minimize negative effects on the environment?

In this unit, students will explore food-related issues at the local and global levels. Students will also analyze strategies for combating both. Environmental issues related to food production and transportation and the influence consumers will be analyzed.


Course evaluation is based on student achievement of curriculum expectations and the demonstration of required skills. Each student’s final percentage grade represents the quality of that student’s overall achievement of course expectations. The final grade is determined in the following way:

70% of the grade: Based on evaluations that take place throughout the duration of the course. This component of the grade reflects a student’s most consistent achievement level throughout the HFA4U course, though consideration may be given to recent evidence of achievement.

30% of the grade: Based on final evaluations administered at the conclusion of the HFA4U course. The final grade is comprised of a culminating project (worth 15% of the course final grade) and a final proctored exam (worth 15% of the course final grade).

Please consult our Frequently Asked Questions Page or the Exam section within your course for more details on final exams and the exam fee. More information can also be found in our Student Handbook.

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