SPEAKER: Food. To some people, it is merely
a source of nourishment. To many others, food and eating are
the basis of a long and healthy life. Nowadays, many people eat too much. Overnutrition has become a
huge public health problem that affects millions of people worldwide. At the same time, numerous other
people throughout the world suffer from food or nutrient shortages,
and are coping with undernutrition. Clearly there’s a huge task
ahead to improved dietary quality across the world. DR. SANDER KERSTEN: Hi. My name is Sander Kersten. I’m a professor at the division
of human nutrition at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. I would like to tell you about a
new course that edX is offering. After the success of my
first nutrition health course on macronutrients
and overnutrition, I have developed a
follow-up class, together with my colleagues, Guido Hooiveld,
Alida Melse, and Inge Brouwer. In this class, we’ll focus on
micronutrients and undernutrition. We’ll teach you all about
vitamins and minerals. What are they? Where do we find them? What do they do in our bodies? And what’s their impact on our health? Do we really need all those
vitamin and mineral supplements? During this course, we’ll also focus
on global hunger and malnutrition. We’ll address the impact of malnutrition
on the global disease burden. We’ll look at causes of malnutrition,
and add strategies to correct them. You can follow this class even if you
haven’t fallen Nutrition Health Part 1. Although a bit of knowledge from
our first MOOC would be beneficial, it certainly isn’t necessary. I hope you’re as excited
about this new course as I am, and that we will be able to
welcome you as a participant. The course is now open for registration.