Dinah Ledford » Human Studies

Human Studies

Program of Study: Nutrition and Diet Therapy

Instructor: Dinah Ledford

Background Information: graduate of Vonore High School, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (B.S. and M.S.) and Lincoln Memorial University (EdS)

Room # 125

E-mail: ledfordd@monroe.k12.tn.us or ledford@gmail.com

Course Descriptions

Nutrition Science and Diet Therapy is an applied knowledge course in nutrition for students interested in the role of nutrition in health and disease. Upon completion of this course, proficient students will be able to develop a nutrition care plan as part of the overall health care process, use methods for analyzing the nutritional health of a community, and understand the relationship of diet and nutrition to specific diseases. The course places emphasis on the role of diet as a contributor to disease and its role in the prevention and treatment of disease. Artifacts will be created for inclusion in a portfolio, which will continue to build throughout the program of study. 


Introduction to Human Studies is a foundational course for students interested in becoming a public advocate, social worker, dietician, nutritionist, counselor, or community volunteer. Upon completion of this course, a proficient student will have an understanding of human needs, overview of social services, career investigation, mental health, and communication. Artifacts will be created for inclusion in a portfolio, which will continue to build throughout the program of study.


Nutrition Across the Lifespan is for students interested in learning more about becoming a dietitian, nutritionist, counselor, or pursuing a variety of scientific, health, or culinary arts professions. It is also related to the curriculum for students interested in nursing or physical trainers. Upon completion of this course, proficient students will understand human anatomy and physiological systems, nutrition requirements, as well as social, cultural, and other impacts on food preparation and integrity. Artifacts will be created for inclusion in a portfolio, which will continue to build throughout the program of study.



Update for the week of May 11,2020

Keep checking Google Classroom for activities to keep the learning happening!  Also, I have been checking your IXL activity and posting comments to you on Google classroom as well.  Some of you are doing a great job with that and it will pay off later.  Preparing for next year is important so keep it up! You will be prepared better for your courses next year and the ACT.

Update for the week of May 4, 2020

Welcome to May! Keep checking Google classroom for weekly refresher lessons to keep your brain sharp.  Use this time to set yourself apart by preparing for the ACT test or your next level of courses! You know we will be back to taking practice ACT tests when we return to school so use this time to make some gains in that area!  Short periods of study can improve your performance so take this opportunity to practice, practice, practice! Khan Academy, IXL, and the ACT website provide wonderful resources to improve your skills!

Update for April 27, 2020

We have almost made it to May! Make sure you are keeping yourself safe following the CDC and the state guidelines for social distancing.  Keep your brain active by reading (anything you enjoy works), completing lessons like mine, doing IXL lessons, or doing ACT practice activities.  I have posted new assignments in Google Classroom.  I miss you more than I can say! Be safe, my little angels!

Update for week of April 20, 2020

Remember to check into Google Classroom to find activities to keep your brain active! Also, remember to keep up with IXL work for English and Math! This will help you prepare for the ACT and your next round of courses. Take advantage of it now while you can.  Spending 30 minutes every day can make a huge difference in ACT scores which translates to money in your pocket!

Update for April 13, 2020- Review

Google classroom has been updated with assignments! Email or message me through google classroom if you have any questions.  I have been thrilled to receive pictures and videos from many of you about your projects! Keep sending them! Keep safe and social distance so we can end the quarantine!

Update for April 6, 2020- Review

Intro to Human Studies and Family Studies students can find a review about Active Listening on the Google Classroom site.  It includes a short video and some questions to reflect on the content.
Diet Therapy students can find an assignment on Google classroom that will review what we have learned about protein.  You can use the video as a reference for the questions


Diet Therapy students:  Have you been carb loading during this break?  Here is some review about how to include carbs for a healthy diet!  We don't ban any foods but all things in moderation! Go to Google Classroom to finish this activity.  https://quizlet.com/275468874/carbohydrates-flash-cards/
Intro to Human Studies and Family Studies- Let's work on our communication skills!  Go to Google Classroom and complete the Listening Blocks activities!  

Check Google Classroom

Check your Google classroom for projects to sharpen your skills while we are on break! If you have the app on your phone (as most of you do) then you are getting notifications when I post.  You can send videos of your projects through the app as well!  Follow the CDC, state and local guidelines to stay healthy!


Students will be able to log into their Google Classroom account to participate in alternative learning activities to help them stregnthen their skills.

Activities to Continue Learning

Intro to Human Studies and Family Studies: follow the link and read the article.  Respond in Google classroom to the article. This is part of our unit on relationships and communication.       http://depts.washington.edu/hhpccweb/health-resource/healthy-vs-unhealthy-relationships/
Diet Therapy and Nutrition:  Watch the video about blood glucose and diabetes.  Use Google classroom to respond to questions about the video.