Carbohydrate Requirements for Exercise - CHES04

Carbohydrate Requirements for Exercise

by Jennifer Koslo, PhD, RDN, CSSD, ACE-CPT
(4.1 / 86 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Health Education (2.00 CECH)

Price: $39.00
CE-PRO Price: $19.50


Carbohydrates are critical for optimal sports performance. Athletes and active individuals are exposed to both facts and myths surrounding the roles of carbohydrates for sports performance. Sports nutrition professionals need to have an in-depth understanding of carbohydrate functions when making appropriate recommendations to athletes engaging in different types of sports of varying durations and intensities. This course provides a detailed look at how carbohydrate is stored, made available and used during moderate to high-intensity exercise. Recommendations for carbohydrate intake before, during, and after exercise are discussed, along with guidelines for carbohydrate loading before endurance events and the foods that improve performance.


The goal of this carbohydrate and exercise continuing education course is to provide practitioners with evidence-based information on carbohydrate recommendations for athletes.
After completing this course, you will be able to:
  1. Explain the importance of carbohydrate as fuel during moderate and high-intensity exercise.
  2. Describe the recommended carbohydrate intake based on training intensity and duration.
  3. Discuss the limitations of using the glycemic index/load to provide guidelines for food intake around an exercise session.

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including dietitians, health educators, fitness professionals, and massage therapists.
Health educators: 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.
Sponsored by OnCourse Learning, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 2.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours.
Provider ID: CA0084 (98709) for 01/01/2012 to 12/31/2015, 114941 for 01/01/2016 to 12/31/2019.

Course Originally Released on: 6/15/2011
Date of Most Recent Review: 2/10/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 2/10/2019

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

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Patricia G - Imro, SC  ·  Aug 30, 2018
I found the course to be very informative.
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Katherine H - Fort Smith, AR  ·  Jul 31, 2018
I felt this course was extremely informative and applicable for the instruction I do as a course instructor for community health with a focus on prevention of chronic/acute illness. Obesity is a common problem and with this information, I can assist students with new knowledge.
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ASHLEY M - Eureka, MO  ·  Jul 05, 2018
good examples and explanations during this course
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Kristen P - beltsville, MD  ·  Feb 01, 2018
This course was a lot harder than expect. But good source of information
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Danielle W - Bethlehem , PA  ·  Dec 08, 2017
Very informative and helped me to understand the importance of carbohydrates for exercise
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Price: $39.00
CE-PRO Price: $19.50