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On-Line Nutrition Education

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Whether you’re seeking continuing education units (30 CPEs per course) or just want to improve the health of your family, on-line learning can enhance your knowledge with the convenience of never leaving your home.

Sports Nutrition and Performance

Course 1: Nutrition and You: Functional Foods
Instructor: Melissa Halas-Liang, MA, RD, CDE
Heard about the health benefits of cocoa on cardiovascular health? What do garlic, tomato sauce, and tofu have in common? Which spices and herbs need to be consumed in your daily diet? In this course you will learn what to eat and how to decrease the incidence of many common diseases such as metabolic syndrome, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.

Course 2: Weight Management and Nutrition in the Lifecycle
Instructor: Melissa Halas-Liang, MA, RD, CDE
Applying the principles of good nutrition starts at Day 1, whether working with clients or designing a personal healthy eating program. This course teaches students the principles behind helping a client in any stage of their lifecycle to set and achieve weight goals while working in conjunction with a registered dietitian in a team approach. Discover how the right nutrition can help you feel young while growing older and what specific nutrients need to be increased in your diet as you age. Dispel the myths of fad diets as you learn how to personalize your own meal plan and those of your clients.

Course 3: Introduction to Sports Nutrition and Performance
Instructor: Donna Acox, M.S., RD
Learn what to eat before competing, understand the principles of healthy meal planning for athletes and be able to identify safe sport supplements such as protein powders/bars, creatine, and sport drinks. Find out if you’re providing the best fuel for your body in the short or long term and gain insights into how proper nutrition can provide optimal muscle recovery and sports performance.

Course 4: Public Nutrition and Wellness Education
Instructor: Melissa Halas-Liang, MA, RD, CDE
This course delves more deeply into nutrition and disease prevention. Master the tools needed to provide educated answers on how to stay healthy, become healthier, reduce the risk of chronic disease, prevent disease, and improve the overall well-being of your clients or yourself. Students will: learn how to navigate through the media’s mixed messages on nutrition and diets, effectively interpret nutrition news, understand critical information on the truth behind vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Functional Nutrition

Course 1:  Smart Nutrition:  Healthy Eating for all Generations
Instructor:  Melissa Halas-Liang, RD, MA, CDE
This course is based on current and peer reviewed research that will provide professionals and nonprofessionals alike an easy to use roadmap for improving eating habits. Topics covered will include: exploring genetics, eating attitudes, food and fitness behaviors, and environmental and practical tips for making positive and fun dietary changes! In addition, there will be a focus on achieving and maintaining a healthy productive life for individuals and families at all ages. You will learn to use available resources and tools, including reputable free web-based programs to guide you.

Course 2:  Advanced Nutrition:  Super Foods for the Family
Instructor:  Melissa Halas-Liang, RD, MA, CDE
This course presents details on the science behind super foods, revealing how food can increase your overall performance. By completing this course, you will learn how to shop for the best foods; understand which foods to avoid; the science behind organic foods; and the best super foods to buy on a budget. Based on the latest research, this course covers the legitimate effect food has on performance, colds/flus, chronic disease, memory loss, cancer, and a lot more as well as the antibacterial and home remedy properties of super foods. In addition, the latest food and health trends are covered, helping you to sort fact from fiction.

Family Nutrition

Course 1:  Healthy Moms and Infant Nutrition
Instructor:  Rachel Blaine, DSc, MPH, RD
Navigating through evidence-based research, this course will explore important nutritional recommendations for preconception, pregnancy, and infant and toddler feeding. In addition, it will also address food planning strategies for families (healthy meal and snack ideas, exercise, and family support) to embrace healthy living and eating post-delivery. This course will debunk many common myths and provide a basic understanding of the most current maternal and child nutrition recommendations. Learn why early nutrition is the key to preventing childhood obesity and obesity later in life, as well as where to find excellent books and online resources for deeper exploration of topics of interest.

Course 2:  Healthy Children Nutrition:  At the Home, Work and External Environments
Instructor:  Christen Cooper, MS, RD
This course is designed for professionals and parents concerned and interested in expanding their nutrition knowledge. Utilizing evidence-based research, explore the role and impact of three predominant nutrition environments that affect a child’s food choices: the home, the school, and the external environment. Topics covered include: navigating the fast food jungle, addressing media and marketing to children, identifying the connection between nutrition and school performance and behavior, exploring successful parental feeding behaviors, and general strategies for childhood overweight and obesity prevention.

School Nutrition and Wellness

Course 1:  School Wellness and Nutrition – Problems and Effective Solutions 
Instructor:  Christen Cooper, MS, RD
This course provides background on government nutrition programs for children, and the political and budget constraints that have hindered advancement in nutritional science. It also provides knowledge about the foods served at school and why vending machines and junk foods have become staples at many schools. Finally, the course looks at the parental, community, marketing, and school-based influences on childhood nutrition.

Course 2:  Developing School Wellness-Children Nutritional Programs
Instructor:  Christen Cooper, MS, RD
This course will look at the changing food environment in the U.S., including Mrs. Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign, changes in the school lunch program, and examines school gardens as well as the organic and green movement. It will discuss the three steps to successful nutrition education and ideas for incorporating nutrition and fitness education into the school day. It will ask participants to think creatively about the best ways to reach kids through positive food, fitness and health behaviors!

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