Dietary Fiber and Cholesterol Reduction - FIT06

Dietary Fiber and Cholesterol Reduction

by Ellen Coleman, MA, MPH, RD, CSSD and Shannon Summers, MEd, MCHES, RPSGT, CPhT
(4.3 / 36 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Fitness (0.10 CEU)

Price: $29.00
CE-PRO Price: $14.50


Dietary fiber is an important digestive aide, and has been a topic of interest for many years, especially in relation to its cardioprotective and cholesterol-lowering effects. On average, Americans consume less than half the recommended intake of dietary fiber. Sustaining an adequate daily fiber intake is demonstrated to provide numerous health benefits. Understanding the different types of fiber, sources, health claims allowed on food labels, and how to increase dietary fiber are crucial to ensure the health of the public.


The goal of this dietary fiber and cholesterol reduction continuing education program is to inform and update dietitians, dietary managers, school nutritionists, fitness professionals and health educators on the role dietary fiber plays in cholesterol reduction and the prevention of heart disease. After you study the information here, you will be able to:
  • Explain three ways in which dietary fiber may protect against coronary heart disease
  • Describe the predominant way that viscous fibers are thought to lower serum cholesterol
  • List the Adequate Intake levels for dietary fiber for adult men and women

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including dietitians, athletic trainers, health educators, and fitness professionals.
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 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.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the American Council on Exercise as a Continuing Education Specialist (provider #250164). This course is approved for 0.1 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 0.1 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 2016 (provider #730441). This course is approved for 1.0 ACSM CEC. ACSM approved providership of these programs does not imply endorsement of the sponsoring organization’s products/services.

Course Originally Released on: 3/1/2011
Date of Most Recent Review: 10/11/2013
Course Termination/Update Date: 6/30/2017

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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Veronica H - Tigard, OR  ·  Jun 10, 2016
Great resource with information on fiber intake and compelling research.
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Eric M - Frisco, TX  ·  Nov 18, 2015
Detailed and applied information on the topic... Easy to follow and extract the key points from the reading.
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Christopher A - Lisbon, ME  ·  Apr 13, 2015
As indicated in the course materials, fiber is an under utilized dietary component. Increasing ones knowledge on its importance will aid in educating and encouraging clients to incorporate it into there diets.
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Jeffrey H - Bothell, WA  ·  Oct 03, 2014
Really good information that relates to my current job, and good reminder of the importance of a diet that includes Dietary Fiber.
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Alexandra C - Nashville, TN  ·  Sep 19, 2014
Interesting information.
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