Cardiovascular Nutrition & Fitness - FIT67

Cardiovascular Nutrition & Fitness

by Ellen Coleman, MA, MPH, RD, CSSD and Justin Robinson, MA, RD, CSSD, FAFS, CSCS
(4.2 / 266 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Fitness (10.00 ACSM CECs)

Price: $186.00
CE-PRO Price: $93.00


The last few years, new guidelines have emerged regarding cholesterol, saturated fats and sugar, resulting in confusion of both consumers and health professionals. Identifying who is at risk for CVD is changing as we have a greater understanding of apolipoproteins and subfractions of low-density lipoprotein and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol. Treatment recommendations changed in 2013, regarding measures of lipoprotein when taking cholesterol-lowering drugs, but other guidelines still use them. This course will update your knowledge and skills about the relationship of diet and exercise to the prevention and treatment of CVD so that you can improve the outcomes of your clients and patients.


Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
  • Explain the initiation, progression, and consequences of atherosclerosis
  • Identify and define the different types of cholesterol, and explain the role of low-density lipoprotein in CVD
  • Define exogenous and endogenous fat transport and reverse cholesterol transport
  • Define familial hypercholesterolemia, and discuss the relative importance of high serum cholesterol, heredity, hypertension, obesity, diabetes, sex, age, physical inactivity, and cigarette smoking as risk factors for atherosclerosis
  • Define saturated, monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, and trans fatty acids, and explain their significance to the development of atherosclerosis
  • Explain the difference between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and discuss their effect on atherosclerosis
  • Discuss the relationship between intake of calories, sugar, and fat in the American diet
  • Identify the various kinds of dietary fiber, explain their effects on serum cholesterol, and cite food sources for each
  • Explain how insulin resistance affects CVD risk
  • Explain the effects of dietary protein, alcohol, and coffee on serum cholesterol and CVD risk
  • Discuss dietary aspects of hypertension and its significance for CVD risk
  • Discuss the major studies of diet and CVD risk, and explain the consensus recommendations for dietary change
  • Compare and contrast the dietary recommendations from the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association, the National Lipid Association, and the Eighth Joint National Committee
  • Name the major cholesterol-lowering drugs, and list criteria for drug therapy
  • Examine the role of exercise in promoting health, fitness, and weight loss
  • Design exercise programs for apparently healthy people
  • Explain the significance of high serum cholesterol in children, and explain how risk assessment, screening, and counseling can be integrated into a treatment and prevention plan
  • Design a diet that meets the guidelines of the AHA for CVD prevention
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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.
Relias LLC is recognized by the American Council on Exercise as a Continuing Education Specialist (provider #250164). This course is approved for 1.0 ACE CEC. ACE approval for this course expires 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 1.0 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 10.0 ACSM CECs. ACSM approved providership of these programs does not imply endorsement of the sponsoring organization’s products/services.

Course Originally Released on: 10/1/2010
Date of Most Recent Review: 1/18/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 6/30/2023

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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Jessy J - Sugarland, TX  ·  Mar 11, 2020
very informative and useful
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DALE B - citrus springs, FL  ·  Mar 09, 2020
this one was tough for me, I prefer a little less scientific explanation, but realize ya cant have everything ya want
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Suzanne N - cranbury, NJ  ·  Mar 05, 2020
very informative. given a lot of new knowledge on heart disease, effects, and mechanisms of disease process.
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Anna P - Galien, MI  ·  Feb 20, 2020
very educational, very good course
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Parma P - SPRINGFIELD, OR  ·  Feb 17, 2020
learning as I am doing these reading and tests.
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Price: $186.00
CE-PRO Price: $93.00