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Assignment: As a Registered Dietitian, you have been invited to a “Lunch and Learn” program at a very large law firm. The firm must make a decision about which company they will select for a year long beverage contract. The lawyers have three choices: water, Gatorade or Powerade. Out of the 55 attorneys that will be attending your presentation, 32 of them workout regularly, about 60 minutes, five days per week.

The title of your presentation is: "Water: An Overlooked Essential Nutrient." The firm has requested that you address all of the questions mentioned in the introductory paragraph while creating a handout or essay that compares/contrasts water, Gatorade and Powerade. The following areas must be addressed:

Introduction (Must include 3 things: 1) introduction of who you are 2) why you are giving presentation, 3) role of water in the body and an overview of the importance of hydration especially in relation to exercise).

Daily recommendations (What are they for water? Do the sports beverages have daily recos? If not, explain how one should use them).

Nutrient content (Explain what ingredients/nutrients are found in each beverage; due to the fact that there are so many sports beverages to choose from, make a general statement about ingredients found in them). And, do not forget that there are nutrients found in water and you must highlight a few of them and explain their purpose.

Varieties (Include a short statement on the varieties/types of water and do the same for both of the sports beverages).

Cost (Make sure to discuss the cost for all three beverages; Do not include only a general statement about the cost. Be specific.

Advantages of consumption (It is going to be important for you to discuss the advantages of water over the sports beverages, the sports beverages over water and the sports beverages over one another. Make sure to highlight at least 3 areas; Must also include at least one research statement or specific scientific reference within this section. For example you could say “The Institute of Medicine recommends sports beverages over water when exercise exceeds blah, blah, blah”).

Safety levels (Make sure to touch on safety for all three beverages; Do not include a general statement only; Be specific and think about safety from all angles (overhydration, specific ingredients, health concerns, etc).

Disadvantages of consumption (It is going to be important for you to discuss the disadvantages of water over the sports beverages, the sports beverages over water and the sports beverages over one another. Make sure to highlight at least 3 areas; Must also include at least one research statement or specific scientific reference within this section. For example you could say “The Institute of Medicine discourages sports beverages when exercise is less than blah, blah, blah”).

Conclusion (Must include 5 things: 1) a specific recommendation of one of the three beverages, 2, 3 and 4) Must include one reason a piece as to why you have selected the particular beverage. Feel free to take some of the language that you have used in your overviews and specific areas and reiterate them but you must state 3 specific reasons as to why you are selecting the beverage that you are and lastly, 5) you must include a closing to the essay.

When you comparing/contrasting the beverages against one another you are to list details like “water contains minerals and the sports drinks contain minerals and carbohydrates” but you also need to interpret this information and explain what this means to the lawyers as well. For example, your handout could read “water contains sodium and calcium and the sports beverages contains potassium, chloride and carbohydrates, but the nutrients in water may have variability due to the location of where it is from and so, the sports beverages are a much more consistent source of nutrients”.

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