Practical Nutrition for Fitness Professionals - FIT01

Practical Nutrition for Fitness Professionals

by Dale Ames Kline, MS, RD, LD and Jennifer Koslo, PhD, RDN, CSSD, ACE-CPT
(4.4 / 128 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Fitness (7.00 ACSM CECs)

Price: $134.00
CE-PRO Price: $67.00


How many times are you asked nutrition questions and are not sure of the answer? While you don’t specialize in nutrition, clients think you should have answers to their nutrition questions. This course will provide you with a foundation in nutrition science and how it applies to keeping people healthy. It explains basic principles and terminology, and applies those concepts to real-life situations: dietary guidelines, heart health, weight and body composition, and bone health and osteoporosis. This course enables fitness, health and foodservice professionals to feel confident in their ability to transmit reliable general nutrition information to their clients, and to present special diets to clients by understanding the concepts behind them.


The goal of this course is to provide health and fitness professionals with an understanding of 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

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including athletic trainers, fitness professionals, and health educators.
Fitness professionals: 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.
Relias LLC is recognized by the American Council on Exercise as a Continuing Education Specialist (provider #250164). This course is approved for 0.7 ACE CEC. ACE approval for this course expired 12/31/2019.
OnCourse Learning, a Relias LLC company, 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 Relias LLC meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from 2013 to December 2022 (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.

Course Originally Released on: 3/1/2008
Date of Most Recent Review: 9/4/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 9/4/2022

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.

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

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RENEE S - Plano, TX  ·  Sep 01, 2019
Great info--easy to understand.
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David B - Sarver, PA  ·  Jun 20, 2019
very good - very informative
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Crystal T - South Riding, VA  ·  May 27, 2019
I think this course provided a great foundation for fitness professionals.
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Beth L - Mebane, NC  ·  Nov 28, 2018
helpful information and some new information for me
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Jennifer M - APO, AP  ·  Sep 27, 2017
Good basic information presented. Easy to understand
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Price: $134.00
CE-PRO Price: $67.00