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Nutrition for Optimal Health, Wellness, and Sports 

Whether you are a health or medical professional, a registered dietitian, a fitness professional, or just someone who's concerned about their own health, the Nutrition for Optimal Health, Wellness, and Sports program will teach you about developing individualized nutritional programs. You'll explore topics such as energy and nutrient needs for daily living, with emphasis on particular physical activities, common myths and fallacies concerning diet and athletic performance, and appropriate behavioral modifications and dietary approaches for different ages and populations.

Content and curriculum in each module is designed to prepare allied health care professionals and registered dietitians to apply their client's health history toward optimal nutritional health and wellbeing. Personal trainers and fitness professionals will learn fundamental nutrition education to use with clients in partnership with registered dietitians. Individuals interested in learning more about nutrition, daily meal planning, wellness strategies, and sport nutrition and performance will discover information to help them achieve their own goals or to support family members in reaching their goals.

The American College of Sports Medicine’s Professional Education Committee certifies that Educational Fitness Solutions, Inc, who works with us to bring you this program, meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status. Providership # 672784. This program is approved for 50 Continuing Education Credits through ACSM.

6 Months / 200 Course Hrs
Open Enrollment

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Nutrition for Optimal Health, Wellness, and Sports 

Learning Method

Instructor-led Self-Paced: Study at your own schedule

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Nutrition for Optimal Health, Wellness, and Sports Reviews

Nutrition for Optimal Health, Wellness, and Sports Details + Objective

Course Code: GES114

You Will Learn
  • Understand functional food implementation
  • Explore meal plan analysis
  • Learn appropriate behavioral modifications and dietary approaches for different ages and populations
  • Understand vitamin supplementation and weight management
  • Gain a foundation for wellness nutrition based on current scientific research
  • Understand how to reinforce positive food habits and behaviors
  • Learn how to personalize meal plans for yourself or your clients
  • Identify common myths and fallacies concerning diet and athletic performance
How the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 200 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Jump-start your career as a medical or health professional, registered dietitian, or fitness professional
  • Learn the nutritional needs of the human body, and apply this knowledge to your personal and professional life
  • Develop a professional vocabulary that focuses on nutritional and fitness needs
  • Gain the confidence you need to counsel others about their nutritional needs
Nutrition for Optimal Health, Wellness, and Sports Outline
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Nutrition and You

Understand the fundamentals of nutrition. Learn how to define and choose functional foods. You’ll learn how to incorporate spices into your diet, how to build a meal plan, and gain knowledge of diet diversity and free-radical theory.

Weight Management

Learn about obesity, incidence, and contributing factors. Move on to explore the basic principles of obesity treatment, interventions, and contributing factors.

Nutrition in the Life Cycle

Master an understanding of the negative affects of fad diets and practical strategies to choose instead. Continue learning about the obesity epidemic and cover weight-management programs.

Sports Nutrition

Learn how nutrition affects exercise and sports-related fitness. Understand how nutrition can be optimized for performance and energy utilization. Discuss protein, ergogenic acids, and hydration in sports nutrition. You’ll also learn about how competitive athletes should tweak their meals for competition.

Public Nutrition

Master an understanding of genomics and evidence-based medicine. Learn all about new, old, and healthful diets.

Wellness Education

Learn about the role, functions, and recommendations for vitamins. You’ll also cover what’s new in the world of wellness and cancer prevention.

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Nutrition for Optimal Health, Wellness, and Sports Instructors
Melissa Halas-Liang 

Melissa Halas-Liang is a registered dietitian, with a Master's in nutrition education and a certification in nutrition support. In addition to working as a clinical dietitian, she assists in clinical trials, has taught group diabetes classes, and has counseled patients on weight loss. She has spoken on a wide range of topics in the community, from diet and fitness to high school sports nutrition. She has spoken at the Woman's Health Symposium on Fad Diets and on Weight Management and Disease Prevention. Melissa has published articles in periodicals on healthy eating and edited textbook nutrition sections. She developed curriculums for medical residents and lectured to healthcare professionals for continuing education credits on a variety of topics. Melissa's enthusiasm for healthy eating is contagious, and her outgoing and interactive approach to learning motivates her audience to commit to new lifestyles.

Donna L. Acox

Donna L. Acox, MA, MS, RD, CD/N, has over 25 years of diverse experience in nutrition across the life span, clinical/critical care, higher education, counseling, business and industry, health and wellness. She currently works as a Dietitian II for the State of New York’s Office for Persons with Developmental Disabilities and is an adjunct nutrition and physical education instructor at Syracuse University. Donna also teaches multiple fitness classes and is a certified Fitness and AFAA yoga instructor. As an avid athlete and sports nutrition specialist, Donna hopes to inspire others to achieve their greatest potential though a healthier lifestyle combining good nutrition and fitness.

Nutrition for Optimal Health, Wellness, and Sports Requirements / Prerequisites

There are no specific prerequisites to enter this program, other than an Internet connection, an e-mail address, and basic computer knowledge. This program is for you if you're an allied health, medical, or fitness professional or a registered dietitian seeking advanced nutrition education, re-certification, re-licensure, or career advancement. If you're simply a person who wants to know more about nutritional program design, health, and performance, this program is a great option for you, too!

This program can be taken from either a Mac or a PC. Mac users must have the capability to open Adobe PDF files and Microsoft Word files. It is compatible with the Windows XP and later operating systems and IE 7 and later browsers. Students need Internet access with a 56K modem. It’s highly recommended that you have DSL or high-speed cable Internet access, 64 MB system RAM, 200 MB free hard-disk space memory or sufficient storage, a reliable e-mail account, CD-ROM/DVD capabilities, and a reliable Internet provider.

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ed2go will provide the required textbooks for this program:

  • Nutrition for Health, Fitness, & Sport
Nutrition for Optimal Health, Wellness, and Sports Frequently Asked Questions
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Can I register for programs if I am an international student?

Yes, because ed2go programs are online you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration.

How long does it take to complete a program?

All of our programs are self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start them when you want and finish them at your own pace. This program offers initial access of six months with the option of an extension of six months for $300.

Do I have to buy additional materials?

All the materials you'll need are included, and their cost will be covered by your tuition. ed2go will ship all materials ground service upon enrollment.

Can I get financial assistance?

ed2go courses are non-credit courses, so they do not qualify for federal aid. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses.

What happens when I complete the program?

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.

Am I guaranteed a job?

ed2go programs will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. We don't provide direct job placement services, but our facilitators and career counselors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job. Facilitators will also be available to use as a professional reference upon completion of the program. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Who will be my instructor?

Each student is paired up with a facilitator for one-on-one interaction. The facilitator will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our facilitators are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach.

What software or hardware do I need in order to take online programs and what are the system requirements?

In order to take our online programs, you must have access to a computer and the Internet. You can access the program contents from any Web-enabled computer. You don't have to use the same computer to log-in to the program every time. We recommend that you have a word-processing program (Microsoft Word is best) and the latest version of Internet Explorer.

Can I use a Mac?

Yes, you can use a Mac for this program; however, Mac users must have the capability to open Adobe PDF files and Microsoft Word files.

How can I get more information about the program?

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, please feel free to contact us via LIVE chat (click the button toward the top of the page). If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please feel free to send us a question using the "Contact Us" form to the right. You may also call us at (855) 534-3690. We will answer your questions promptly.

When can I start the program?

Our programs are all open enrollment. You can register and start the program as soon as you are ready.

Please note: Once the program curriculum is accessed online or through submission of a material shipment confirmation, refunds cannot be issued.

How am I graded or assessed in the programs/program?

Your grade will be determined based upon the total points earned on quizzes, problem-solving questions, exams, written reports, special projects, and assignments.

What must I do to graduate with the Certificate in Nutrition for Optimal Health, Wellness, and Sports?

Complete and receive a passing grade (of C- or above) in all programs.

How will I interact with the teacher?

We know how important it is for the teacher to be available to the student. You can use regular e-mail, the classroom discussion boards, the chat room, or the telephone to interact with the teacher.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my program within the time frame provided?

The time allotted to complete your program has been calculated based on the number of hours for each program, so don't worry too much about not completing in time. If, after a concerted effort, you are still unable to complete, your Student Advisor will help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that a fee will be charged for an extension.

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