Alternative & Integrative Nutrition - FIT640

Alternative & Integrative Nutrition

by Leslie K. Kay-Getzinger, RD, MS and Julie Stefanski, MEd, RDN, CSSD, LDN, CDE, FAND
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This course is credentialed for:
Fitness (14.00 ACSM CECs)

Price: $185.00
CE-PRO Price: $92.50


The revised title of this course reflects the widespread acceptance and implementation of complementary therapies into our health care system. New research and recommendations in every chapter supporting (or rejecting) claims for popular treatments make this working guide to herbs, botanicals, supplements and other therapeutic alternatives essential for the dietetic practitioner.


The goal of this course is to increase knowledge and understanding of complementary, integrative and alternative medicine use with a focus on nutrition interventions, to recognize the possible benefits, risks, and impact for consumers utilizing these approaches. 
After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe the prevalence of consumer use of complementary, alternative and integrative medicine and its impact on utilization of healthcare.
  • List at least six popular dietary supplements used by Americans and the reasons for use.
  • Give examples of how genetic information can be used to provide personalized dietary recommendations.
  • Explain the appropriate use of dietary supplements, including herbal products.
  • Describe the basic tenets and applications of nutrigenomics. 
  • Identify at least three factors affecting the potency and quality of herbal products beginning with raw material, harvesting, storage, manufacturing, and finished product.
  • Provide examples of four or more harmful substances found in contaminated herbal products.
  • Recognize acceptable structure/function claims as mandated by the FDA.
  • List the Latin and common names of three or more herbs identified with “adaptogenic properties.”
  • Identify at least four excipients associated with manufacturing of dietary supplement tablets.
  • Describe the implications of DSHEA of 1994 and current legislation regarding supplements, label claims, and manufacturing practices as mandated by the FDA.
  • Explain how to differentiate between a poorly written dietary supplement label and one that contains full disclosure.
  • Discuss the challenges in properly identifying botanical ingredients and types of analytical testing used to identify herbal product ingredients.
  • Explain the safety and risks from taking dietary supplements in terms of contamination, adulteration, toxicity and supplement drug interactions.
  • Describe at least three possible benefits of using probiotics for certain conditions.
  • Identify valid resources for checking efficacy and safety of nutritional supplements.
  • Describe counseling practices specific to patients who prefer alternative treatments.
  • Identify credible sources of information regarding complementary and integrative nutrition.
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Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including athletic trainers, 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, 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 0.8 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 14.0 ACSM CEC. ACSM approved providership of these programs does not imply endorsement of the sponsoring organization’s products/services.

Course Originally Released on: 5/1/2011
Date of Most Recent Review: 2/14/2020
Course Termination/Update Date: 2/28/2023

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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Katherine W - Telford, PA  ·  Apr 01, 2020
5, yes, extremely informative and thorough!!!
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Nicholas H - Tempe, AZ  ·  Mar 26, 2020
Very interesting and informative.
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Price: $185.00
CE-PRO Price: $92.50