Cardiovascular Nutrition & Fitness - AT67-16

Cardiovascular Nutrition & Fitness

by Ellen Coleman, MA, MPH, RD, CSSD and Justin Robinson, MA, RD, CSSD, FAFS, CSCS
(4.5 / 185 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Athletic Training (5.00 hours)

Price: $119.00
CE-PRO Price: $59.50


The last few years, new guidelines have emerged regarding cholesterol, saturated fats and sugar, resulting in confusion of both consumers and health professionals. Identifying who is at risk for CVD is changing as we have a greater understanding of apolipoproteins and subfractions of low-density lipoprotein and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol. Treatment recommendations changed in 2013, regarding measures of lipoprotein when taking cholesterol-lowering drugs, but other guidelines still use them. This course will update your knowledge and skills about the relationship of diet and exercise to the prevention and treatment of CVD so that you can improve the outcomes of your clients and patients.


Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

  • Explain the initiation, progression and consequences of atherosclerosis.
  • Identify and define the different types of cholesterol, and explain the role of low-density lipoprotein in CVD
  • Define exogenous, endogenous and reverse cholesterol transport.
  • Define familial hypercholesterolemia, and discuss the relative importance of high serum cholesterol, heredity, hypertension, obesity, diabetes, sex, age, physical inactivity, and cigarette smoking as risk factors for atherosclerosis.
  • Define saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated, and trans fatty acids, and explain their significance to the development of atherosclerosis.
  • Explain the difference between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and discuss their effect on atherosclerosis.
  • Discuss the relationship between intake of calories, sugar, and fat in the American diet.
  • Identify the various kinds of dietary fiber, explain the effects of them on serum cholesterol, and cite food sources for each.
  • Explain how insulin resistance affects CVD risk.
  • Explain the effects of dietary protein, alcohol, and coffee on serum cholesterol and CVD risk..
  • Discuss dietary aspects of hypertension and its significance for CVD risk
  • Discuss the major studies of diet and CVD risk, and explain the consensus recommendations for dietary change.
  • Compare and contrast the dietary recommendations from the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association, the National Lipid Association, and the Eighth Joint National Committee.
  • Name the major cholesterol-lowering drugs, and list criteria for drug therapy.
  • Examine the role of exercise in promoting health, fitness, and weight loss.
  • Design exercise programs for apparently healthy people
  • Explain the significance of high serum cholesterol in children, and explain how risk assessment, screening, and counseling can be integrated into a treatment and prevention plan.
  • Design a diet that meets the guidelines of the AHA for CVD prevention
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Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including athletic trainers, dietitians, health educators, and fitness professionals.
Athletic trainers: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is recognized by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers (provider #P1000). This program has been approved for a maximum of 5 hours of Category A continuing education. Difficulty level: essential
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Athletic Training (provider # 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 10/1/2010
Date of Most Recent Review: 1/18/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 6/30/2023

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Kyle W - Tampa, FL  ·  May 01, 2020
It was very informative, and I really enjoyed the charts in helping to better understand the information that was provided within the reading material more thoroughly. Only issue I had with the course was a handful of the questions in the quiz were difficult to answer even having read the material in it's entirety. Possibly corrected with question reformatting/rephrasing. Other than that excellent course!
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SHAVONNE K - Hampton, VA  ·  Apr 17, 2020
Good information. Nice refresher course
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CASEY K - Charlottesville , VA  ·  Apr 14, 2020
Very informative but long. It took my quite sometime to read the packet.
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Rachel W - Smithfield, VA  ·  Apr 08, 2020
I enjoyed this course, it was very informative. There was a lot of information to absorb. however I thought the info was very good.
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JANET S - lutz, FL  ·  Jan 20, 2020
very informative. I really enjoyed this course!!
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Price: $119.00
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