Nuts, Chocolate and Cardiovascular Health - CHES153

Nuts, Chocolate and Cardiovascular Health

by Ellen Coleman, MA, MPH, RD, CSSD and Susan McQuillan, MS, RD
(4.5 / 36 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Health Education (1.00 CECH)

Price: $20.00
CE-PRO Price: $10.00


The likelihood that a brownie with nuts could be good for your heart seems counterintuitive. Yet evidence suggests that both cocoa and tree nuts can indeed help prevent coronary heart disease (CHD), which is the leading cause of death in the United States. The cardioprotective mechanisms involve lowering cholesterol, reducing inflammation and oxidative stress, regulating blood pressure, and improving endothelial function and insulin resistance. This course will explore why nuts and cocoa are heart healthy and how to incorporate them into a heart-healthy diet.


This nuts, chocolate and cardiovascular health continuing education program will provide guidelines for dietitians, fitness professionals, health educators, nurses, pharmacists and radiologic technologists on how to incorporate nuts and chocolate into a heart-healthy diet. After reading the article, the participant will be able to:
  • Discuss three ways in which consumption of tree nuts may reduce the risk of developing coronary heart disease
  • Explain three ways in which cocoa intake may reduce the risk of developing CHD
  • Illustrate how chocolate and nuts can be incorporated into a heart-healthy diet

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including dietitians, fitness professionals, health educators, nurses, pharmacists and radiologic technologists.
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 or 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 1.0 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: 11/19/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 9/30/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 9/30/2018

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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CYNTHIA B - lake oswego, OR  ·  May 12, 2018
love the subject matter and found it very interesting to learn more about the studies
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Elizabeth S - Shawnee, KS  ·  Jan 12, 2018
Interesting facts regarding nuts and chocolate.
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DOYLE C - Mason, TN  ·  Nov 26, 2017
this was too many statistal facts
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Alexandra C - Nashville, TN  ·  Oct 20, 2014
This course provided valuable information about the benefits of nuts and explained why in the right portions nuts can help you maintain a healthy weight and reduce risk of CHD.
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Andrew C - College Place, WA  ·  Aug 19, 2014
Very informative look at the benefits of nuts and chocolate. Also dispels the myth that nuts and chocolate are bad for you based on the fact that they have high amounts of fat and calorically dense. Enjoyed this course very much and would recommend course to anyone.
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