HFA4U Grade 12 Nutrition and Health (University)

HFA4U online is one of over 160 secondary school courses that Blyth Academy Online offers.

Courses Offered


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 CURRICULUM: Social Sciences and Humanities

HFA4U 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.

HFA4U 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.

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We want to be clear - our preference and our priority is to get students back to our campuses, but we must ensure this is done in a safe and effective way. While we await official guidance from Public Health and the Ministry of Education, a "return to school" task force has been hard at work putting concrete operational plans in place for all likely scenarios. This includes a full return to campus with safeguards, a blended model of virtual and in-campus learning and the continuation of fully virtual classrooms. All scenarios will provide robust learning and live, daily instruction and interaction with teachers and peers. 
With ten campuses across Ontario, we realize that each one of our schools is a unique space and community. We will be implementing across-the-board policies on hand washing, facility cleaning and social distancing measures. Each school is also prepared to pivot individually based on the guidance of local health authorities and to best serve students and families. 
Our recent survey showed that over 80 per cent of Blyth Academy families are eager to return to campuses, and we are hard at work to prepare for this day. As September's scenario becomes clearer and more information becomes available, we will continue to communicate. 

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