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Nutrition for Optimal Health, Wellness, and Sports


$2,695.00 (USD)

Offered in partnership with George Mason University choose another school






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, 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.





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