Course Code: 0fn
Gain insight into the role of food and health in human history and the various elements of nutrition to help you better understand how and why we eat the way we do. You’ll also learn the relationship between food and emotions; to explain the stress response; to discuss the effects of stress on nutrition and health; to define mindful eating and methods of eating mindfully; and to examine elements of nutrition that support a healthy immune system.
Examine the extent of obesity in the United States; explain the difference between being overweight and being obese; list the causes of overweight and obesity; examine the health and economic consequences of obesity; and discuss pharmaceutical and surgical options for obese individuals. You’ll also learn about the types of toxins found in food and to examine the effects of irradiation, genetically altered foods, and food allergies on our health.
Learn about the concept of spiritual, conscious eating; examine the effects of unconscious eating on the health of humans, animals, and plants, and gain guidelines for individuals who seek to support a lifestyle that includes spiritual nutrition practices. You’ll also get an overview of food labels while learning how to read a Nutrition Fact label, explain food claims in terms of nutritional value, define what organic means, examine the four organic principles, and identify various food labels in terms of their significance to food products.
Examine the role of herbs and herbalists, herb processing, how herbalists are trained, and issues facing the use of herbs for a better view of the value of herbs and herbalism. You’ll also gain a historical overview of the role of sugar in the American diet, learn to describe the various definitions of sugar, briefly examine glucose metabolism and the health effects of too much dietary sugar, explain the glycemic index, identify both artificial and natural alternatives to sugar, and list methods of reducing dietary sugar intake.
Sales of probiotic supplements have soared in recent years on the basis of intriguing research that demonstrates potential benefits for many chronic conditions, including cancer. Examine what probiotics are (and are not), how they affect our health, the various categories of probiotics, the risks and benefits of their use, how to select a probiotic, pertinent regulatory considerations, and the current research on their use.
Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC is a nurse who has cared for patients in acute care settings, community clinics, and the home. Her professional nursing career has involved nursing executive leadership and administration, staff development and education, community education and wellness, and holistic care. She has designed, developed, and presented numerous educational programs for audiences covering integrative health, promotion and wellness, and chronic disease management and prevention. She is the co-author of Spirituality, Health, and Healing and Integrative Health: A Holistic Approach for Health Professionals.
Caroline Young, MPH, has an extensive public health background that includes experience in research, workshop presentations in various areas of health care, and online and onsite teaching. She has expertise in holistic community health and wellness program design, development, marketing, implementation, and evaluation. She has also designed, developed, and presented integrative health programs for culturally diverse populations, senior populations, and faith communities. She is the co-author of Spirituality, Health, and Healing and Integrative Health: A Holistic Approach for Health Professionals.
These authors/presenters are the Co-CEOs of ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC. They have no affiliation or financial involvement that conflicts with the material or information presented in this activity. No commercial support has been received for this activity. All applicable local, regional, state, and/or national laws and regulations have been followed in the development and delivery of this activity.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
Instructional material requirements:
The Certificate in Food, Nutrition, and Health consists of a total of nine lessons. You must complete all lessons to receive your certificate.
To complete each lesson, click on the lesson title that you would like to complete. When you are ready to take the final for each lesson, proceed to the Finals section and select the final you wish to take.
You must pass the final exam in all lessons with a score of 80% or higher AND complete the Evaluation Form in order to receive your Certificate of Completion. Finals are graded as Pass or No Pass. Receipt of your certificate indicates successful completion of the course and that you have passed all final exams with a score of 80% or greater. You may retake final exams as many times as necessary within the six week duration of the program at no additional charge.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
Yes. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC was awarded Accreditation with Distinction, the highest recognition awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Accreditation Program. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions courses are acceptable for CE contact hours in all states. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP 14693, for the stated number of contact hours. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions courses are approved for continuing education credit for diabetes educators. All ANCC accredited courses are accepted for continuing education credit by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE). Provider Number 451562-11. This Certificate Program has been endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA). Certificate programs are only endorsed by AHNA after a rigorous peer-review process and approval of the AHNA Leadership Council.
This certificate is relevant for registered nurses, nurse practitioners, licensed vocational nurses, practical nurses, nursing assistants, social workers, occupational therapists, recreation therapists, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, administrators, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, dieticians, educators, personal care assistants, volunteers, physicians, physician's assistants, chiropractors, clergy, physical fitness professionals, and interested individuals.
It was life-changing. I learned so much. It will be so useful in everyday life to make better choices, "to live better and help those around me to live better." Thanks!"
I am a personal chef, and I intend to pass on the knowledge I learned here to my clientele in order for them to lead a more healthy, happy, prosperous lives.
I will certainly remember everything taught on eating organically. I will consider it when grocery shopping and speaking with my clients.
I believe the instructors who taught the course were phenomenal. I really enjoyed them in the discussion area and the overall course work as well."
I am an early childhood educator, and I am opening my own day home (daycare), so I will apply what I have learned in this course about nutrition and food, not only to my own kids and family, but also to the children in my care. This course had really helped me even more, with all the information I had from before about food and good, healthy eating. I want to thank you for everything, and I am recommending this course to all of my friends. Thank you!"
This was an amazing course, and I thank the instructors for a well-organized and thorough curriculum."
Currently I'm not in a health field but plan to earn a dietary technician certification, and I feel this course provided a good foundation, as well as a means of stimulating my interest in the subject. Thank you, instructors, for a well-written and relevant course that I can also use to support my own personal health goals."
As a restaurant manager, I plan on utilizing the information I gained to offer more nutritional and mindful menu choices."
As a result of this course, I will advise my patients to maintain a healthy weight by eating right - a mostly plant-based diet - exercising regularly, taking probiotics, and decreasing stress levels in order to live a disease-free, balanced and happy life."
I will be able to help guide my clients towards healthier lifestyles through my own understanding of nutrition."
When I signed up for this course, my intention was to get an introductory food and nutrition course. This course MORE than met my expectations! The cost was fair and very reasonable, making the material available to a wide range of consumers and professionals. It was surprisingly current and up-to-date. It was surprisingly unbiased. I'm very skeptical that so much nutritional information is provided to consumers today in a very biased manner. There always seems to be an agenda. Blatant claims are made about one food or another or specific food groups that often seem, to me, to be overblown. This course had none of that, and I appreciate the thought and pre-criticism that these two instructors put into the course materials. Thank you for this wonderful class. I'm certain I will refer often to this material!"