Heathcare and fitness professionals need to know about nutrition because their clients want to know about nutrition, and they will get their knowledge somewhere. Instead of leaving them open to misinformation, learn nutrition principles and terminology that will enable you to transmit this knowledge to your clients with confidence as well as assist you in recognizing misinformation. Moat importantly, you will learn what needs to be our diets to keep us healthy. This edition was updated by Dr. Suzanne Steen, full-time sports nutritionist for the U. of California, Berkley and has sports nutrition information woven into the course.
The goal of this course is to provide fitness professionals with an understanding of the basic nutrition principles and terminology to enable them to apply basic nutrition principles at work and home. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- List three functions of a body cell and the six major components of food
- Describe how food is absorbed into the body
- Match a list of vitamins and minerals with their functions in the body
- Discuss the concept of "oxidative stress" and how to minimize its effect on health
- Explain how nutritional excesses contribute to diseases, such as obesity and heart disease, and how nutritional deficiencies can contribute to diseases, such as osteoporosis
- Discuss how the body regulates food intake and how that affects dieting
- Differentiate among saturated, monounsaturated, omega-3 and omega-6 polyunsaturated fats, and three food sources of each type of fat
- State three reasons why adequate calcium intake is important and explain why it is especially important for young women to consume adequate dietary calcium
- Explain the concept of nutrient density and why it is important
- Evaluate the nutritional composition of foods, evaluate healthful and unhealthful food choices, and be able to substitute more healthful foods in the diet
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The course is intended for fitness professionals
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the American Council on Exercise as a Continuing Education Specialist (provider #250164). This course is approved for 0.7 ACE CEC.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certification Committee as an approved provider of continuing education (provider #A1074). This course is approved for 0.7 CEU of continuing education for the CSCS & NSCA-CPT.
The American College of Sports Medicine’s Professional Education Committee certifies that Nutrition Dimension meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from 2010 to 2013 (provider #681205). ACSM’s Professional Education Committee certifies that OnCourse Learning meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from 2013 to December 2019 (provider #730441). This course is approved for 7.0 ACSM CECs. ACSM approved providership of these programs does not imply endorsement of the sponsoring organization’s products/services.
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