Simplistic Nutrition Recommendations - FIT52

Simplistic Nutrition Recommendations

Unintended Consequences

by Maureen Bligh, MA, RD and Lori Hoolihan, Phd, RD
(4.0 / 26 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Fitness (0.30 CEU)

Price: $64.00
CE-PRO Price: $32.00


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 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, 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.
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 0.3 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 0.3 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 3.0 ACSM CEC. ACSM approved providership of these programs does not imply endorsement of the sponsoring organization’s products/services.

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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Gale K - Morrow, OH  ·  Oct 26, 2015
Basic simple information about the unintended consequences of nutrition information (with some research) that focuses on one aspect of nutrition with practical applications for sharing info that is simple yet comprehensive.
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MARIE S - Apopka, FL  ·  Aug 30, 2015
a lot of research was put in...a good thing...being sponsored by Dairy Council seemed to put bias into content
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Nicole R - Murrieta, CA  ·  Aug 10, 2015
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Melissa M - Hamden, CT  ·  Jun 29, 2015
Informative and concise, would recommend to others.
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Christopher A - Lisbon, ME  ·  May 05, 2015
Solid info and required reading as a must for keeping in touch with the basics and how media can influence decision mnaking.
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Price: $64.00
CE-PRO Price: $32.00