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Childhood Obesity.  

Unit 5 Assignment: Creating a Meal Plan

Unit outcomes addressed in this Assignment:

  • Determine appropriate nutrition therapy based on nutrition status
  • Discuss how to implement nutrition therapy based on nutrition status
  • Demonstrate how to create a meal plan based on nutrition status


In this Assignment, you will be creating a meal plan for the case study individual you created in your Unit 3 Assignment.

  • Part 1:
    • Start with the nutrient requirements for your case study individual
      • First, you need to calculate the calorie requirements for your case study
      • Next, you need to determine which dietary guidelines you want to follow to determine nutrient needs (Example: Joslin Diabetes Guidelines, DASH, American Heart Association – see Updated Dietary Guidelines in Doc Sharing)
      • After you determine the dietary guidelines, calculate and discuss the recommended nutrients (carbohydrate, fat, protein, micronutrients, etc.) based on those guidelines
  • Part 2:
    • Create a one day recommended meal plan indicating what you as the Nutritionist would recommend to your case study individual.
    • This meal plan needs to meet the nutrient requirements you calculated in Part 1 of the assignment.
    • Make sure to include the serving sizes for the foods, and ensure the types of foods are appropriate for your case study.
  • Part 3:
    • Include a nutritional breakdown of the meal plan you created to show the meal plan meets the nutritional requirements of your case study individual.
    • Include a complete nutritional analysis of the meal plan you created. This should include calories, protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals (calcium, iron, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, sodium, potassium, etc.). You should show the actual intake from your meal plan vs. the recommended nutrient requirements for your case study. 
  • Part 4:
    • Assess and write up how your meal plan meets your case study’s recommended nutrient breakdown (macronutrient distribution) as well as the vitamin/mineral requirement (micronutrient intake) from your nutritional analysis.
  • Part 5:
    • There are a number of phases in the life of a person where they have specific nutritional needs, for example infancy/childhood/ adolescence/etc. How would your recommendations change for your case study if they were in a different phase of life?


  • This Assignment needs to be at least 2 pages in length, not including diagrams/images/tables, and include at least two references.
  • This Assignment should be in APA format and follow the conventions of Standard American English (correct grammar, punctuation, etc.). Your writing should be well ordered, logical, and unified, as well as original and insightful. Your work should display superior content, organization, style, and mechanics. Be sure to use APA in-text citations and a reference page to attribute each source.
  • Utilize the Kaplan Writing Center and the Writing Center Resources found in Doc Sharing.

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