Blog posts about how nutrition affects the health of many - in Australia, and beyond!
Content of your blog post:
Choose a public health nutrition and health issue, either in Australia or overseas, to describe and critically analyse. Public health refers to something that affects a reasonably large proportion of a population. Do not pick a topic that affects only a small group of people, or something that is very obscure. If you are unsure if your chosen is a public health topic, please check with Rebecca or Sophia first.
The influence of sugar-sweetened beverages on overweight and obesity prevalence worldwide
Nutrition in older Australian adults
Undernutrition in low and middle income countries
Food and mood
Food security in a changing environment
Structure of your blog post:
Title of blog post: PLEASE STATE YOUR STUDENT ID NUMBER, followed by the blog post title.
Body of blog post (please use these sub-headings and remember that you have to relate to/back up with evidence throughout by citing... this blog post is not just your rambling opinion that isn't based on any scientific evidence! See the marking rubric pdf in Moodle for a minimum recommended number of references to use):
Introduction (WHAT WHY HOW in brief sentences, i.e. what is the aspect of nutrition that you are looking at, why is this important now, and how does this influence human health?)
What? (...is the aspect of human nutrition that you are looking at?)
How? (...does this aspect of human nutrition influence human health?)
Why?(...is this important now?)
What now? (What does the future hold for this aspect of nutrition and health?)
Conclusion (short sum-up)
Word count (not including the reference list below, but yes, including citations and any tables)
General information about your blog post:
Your blog post audience are your peers in your course, i.e. people who have a basic understanding of nutrition issues as a result of this course, but perhaps not much of an understanding of what you are blogging specifically about.
You are to use evidence in your blog. You can choose what referencing style you use (i.e. author-date or numbered). Remember that Week 3 was all about evidence, citing and referencing; so please refer to resources from that week if you need help. We suggest that you use at least 7-8 peer-reviewed journal articles and 3-4 other more reliable â€˜grey literatureâ€™ sources. Remember that these suggested numbers of references differ for each assignment.
We suggest that you use images in your blog, including pictures, tables, etc. If the image is your own, then please state that in a caption below the image. Otherwise, please reference the image, either by hyperlinking the image to its source (the web link you got the image from), or listing the web link below the image (if the web link looks too 'messy' for your liking, and you don't want to hyperlink, you can shorten web links here).
General blog tips:
Below are some tips that you may want to take on board for blog post writing style, adapted from Active Living Research in the US (http://www.activelivingresearch.org/). Note that you donâ€™t have to follow all of these tips to get full marks (see the marking rubric pdf in Moodle).
Be fresh and engaging. Many authors, particularly academics, approach writing as an exercise in seriousness. Blogging is an opportunity to lighten up and have some fun. Find your voice and be yourself! Try reading your post out loud and see if it sounds like youâ€™d speak (cadence matters when writing too). Write a blog that you would want to read!
Be relevant. Stay on top of the most recent evidence and news.
Be accurate. Consistent attention to detail and factual accuracy is really important.
Make a single point â€“ well. Your goal is not tell the reader everything they need to know in one post. Your goal is to engage them. A reader should be able to summarise your point in one or two sentences when theyâ€™re done.
Tell readers why they should care. Weâ€™re all bombarded with emails, Twitter, Facebook, text messages and calls, so be sure to put yourself in your readersâ€™ place and ask yourself: â€œWho cares? Why is this important now?â€
Give examples and tell stories. Showing is always better than telling. People remember stories and colorful details better than dry facts. Look for stories and examples that will bring your writing to life.
Use short sentences and paragraphs. This is the easiest way for people to digest information, especially online. Long paragraphs can look daunting and are difficult to scan. You want your writing to be as accessible as possible.
Avoid jargon. In this world of multiple acronyms and indecipherable inside lingo, simple language is best. It shows consideration for readers who want to engage but donâ€™t necessarily have your expertise.
Donâ€™t preach. Think of your readers as colleagues â€“ people who share your interests and concerns, although not necessarily your views. Your opinions are important, but theyâ€™re best expressed when shared for what they are â€“ your personal views â€“ not dictated from on high.
Ask readers for comments.
Steps to take to create your blog post:
Write your blog post first in a Word (or similar computer software) document, and save it, so that you have a safe 'offline' draft copy of it.
Transfer this draft online, by logging into the 'back / administrative / blog design end' of the Google Blogger blog that you are currently reading a page of! Access instructions are as follows. a) Go to this link: http://nutritionandhealth2015s2.blogspot.com.au/, b) Sign in, using the Google account: [email protected]
and password: nutritionandhealth, c) Create a new blog post (instructions here) and copy your draft text into the body of the post. Please put your student ID number in the title of the blog post, as well as the title of your blog post. Note that we don't want you to list your name, we only want you to list your student ID number, so that you can't be identified publicly.
Steps to take to post your comment on a peer's blog post:
As mentioned above, this is due Wednesday 4 November, 11:59PM.
Sign out of the Google Blogger account (you signed in as [email protected]
Go to the blog, that is, the 'front end' of the blog: http://nutritionandhealth2015s2.blogspot.com.au/
Search for a blog post that doesn't have any peer comments on it yet, and post a comment on it. PUT YOUR STUDENT ID NUMBER IN THE BLOG POST COMMENT OR YOU WILL GET NO MARKS FOR IT. You might want to copy and paste your comment into a Word or other document so that you have an offline copy of it.
Note that you do not need to include evidence in your comment. Your comment should be a few paragraphs in length and should show that you read your peer's blog post thoroughly and reflected on it from your own point of view and knowledge.
Marking of your blog post and your comment on a peer's blog post:
You will receive itemised grading and written feedback via Moodle, based on the marking rubric, which can be accessed via the course's Moodle page.