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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 course, meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status. Providership # 672784. This course is approved for 50 Continuing Education Credits through ACSM.

6 Months / 200 Course Hrs
Open enrollment

Offered in Partnership with your Preferred School

Ohlone College

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Learning Method

Instructor-led

Self-Paced. Study on your own schedule

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Nutrition for Optimal Health, Wellness, and Sports 

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Details + Objectives

Course Code: GES114

What 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

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.

Details
  1. Nutrition and You: Functional Foods
    1. Define Functional Foods, Choosing Functional Foods, and Functional Foods Protection
    2. Understand How to Incorporate Spices Into Your Diet
    3. Review the General Guidelines and Foods to Include in Your Meal Plan
    4. Gain Knowledge of Diet Diversity and Free-radical Theory
  2. Weight Management and Nutrition in the Lifecyle
    1. Define Obesity, Incidence, and Contributing Factors
    2. Understand the Basic Principles of Obesity Treatment, Interventions, and Contributing Factors
    3. Review Fad Diets and Practical Strategies
    4. Learn About the Obesity Epidemic and Weight-Management Programs
  3. Introduction to Sports Nutrition and Performance
    1. Gain an Understanding of Nutrition, Exercise, and Sports-related Fitness
    2. Understand Nutrition for Performance and Energy Utilization
    3. Learn about Protein, Ergogenic Aids, and Hydration in Sports Nutrition
    4. Learn about Meals for Competitions
  4. Public Nutrition and Wellness Education
    1. Understand Genomics and Evidence-based Medicine
    2. Examine New, Yet Old, Healthful Diets
    3. The Role, Functions, and Recommendations for Vitamins
    4. What's New in Wellness and Cancer Prevention
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Instructors & Support

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. 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 instructor at Syracuse University. As an avid athlete and sports nutrition specialist, Acox also teaches fitness and physical education classes and is a certified Fitness and AFAA yoga instructor.

Requirements

Prerequisites / Requirements

Prerequisites:

This course 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 course is a great option for you, too!

Basic computer skills are required.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Word (not included in enrollment).
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment: 

  • Nutrition for Health, Fitness, & Sport

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Can I register for a course if I am an international student?

Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country’s regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.

Does this course prepare for a certification?

No.

When can I start the course?

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

How long does it take to complete this course?

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.

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

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

What kind of support will I receive?

You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.

What happens when I complete the course?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Am I guaranteed a job?

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Can I get financial assistance?

ed2go courses are non-credit, so they do not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more: https://www.ed2go.com/career/financial-assistance

How can I get more information about this course?

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, representatives are available via LIVE chat. You can also call us at 1-877-221-5151 during regular business hours to have your questions promptly answered. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please send us a question using the “Contact Us” form.

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.

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