Simplistic Nutrition Recommendations - CHES52

Simplistic Nutrition Recommendations

Unintended Consequences

by Maureen Bligh, MA, RD and Lori Hoolihan, Phd, RD
(4.1 / 7 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Health Education (3.00 CECH)

Price: $59.00
CE-PRO Price: $29.50


This new multi-media module includes a PowerPoint slide presentation with audio to view on-screen, and PDF documents to download and read at your convenience. The slide portion takes about 40 minutes to complete and covers the background research on unintended consequences of simplistic dietary recommendations. The course includes recent research describing how consumers assimilate nutrition information and the possible unintended health consequences when overly-simplistic advice is followed. The slides include practical suggestions for individualizing dietary recommendations to meet clients' unique needs. There is also a bibliography for those seeking additional information on the topic, and resources to use in your practice. This module is a joint project of Nutrition Dimension/Gannett Education/Dairy Council of California, the latter of which is solely responsible for its content.


The goal of this course is to help health professionals recognize the pitfalls and unintended negative health consequences of using simplistic nutrition messages. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Explain how clients and consumers assimilate nutrition information
  • Discuss the negative health consequences when simplistic nutrition recommendations are applied
  • Utilize tools to help clients anticipate long-term consequences of nutrition advice
  • Formulate plans to help clients prioritize their health goals and concerns
  • Employ strategies to help clients individualize their plans to meet unique needs

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including dietitians, health educators, and fitness professionals.
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 3.0 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: 12/1/2010
Date of Most Recent Review: 6/13/2013
Course Termination/Update Date: 7/31/2017

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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Susan S - Galveston, TX  ·  Sep 20, 2015
This course really made me think about the information we give-- and how some of these recommendations can lead to unintended consequences.
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CINDY C - Johnson City, NY  ·  Dec 03, 2013
Information was presented in an easy to use and understand method. Application will be easier because of the way research was broken down.
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Kristen P - beltsville, MD  ·  Sep 25, 2012
Like the fact that it was an powerpoin presentation with audio. It was a nice change, made listen to the course that much more enjoyable. Good source of information.
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Price: $59.00
CE-PRO Price: $29.50