Certificate in Food, Nutrition, and Health
16 contact hours
Food and nutrition have a profound impact on our health and well-being, yet many of us are not aware of what foods to eat, which diets are healthy, and where our food originates. The goal of this certificate program is to provide a holistic overview of current food and nutrition issues and their impact on physical, social, emotional, and spiritual health.
Throughout this certificate, you'll become more conscious of what we eat, why we eat it, how it is prepared, and what consequences our food choices have on our health as well as the health of our planet. You'll examine the impact of stress on the body and the health crisis posed by obesity in the U.S. You'll also learn how we can change our eating habits for more healthful outcomes, including swapping processed sugar for other sweeteners, adding probiotics to the diet, and harnessing the healing effect of herbs.
Ultimately, you'll gain insight into how food interacts with our bodies on multiple levels—physical, mental-emotional, and spiritual—as well as the impact it has globally. This certificate is designed for individuals who are working in the health care field and those who are interested in the topic.
The Food, Nutrition, and Health certificate program offers a multidisciplinary educational experience. Your certificate in Food, Nutrition, and Health will distinguish you as a knowledgeable, skilled, and committed professional. This program will:
- enhance your professional marketability;
- build your skills and competencies;
- fulfill continuing education requirements for many professionals
The Food, Nutrition, and Health certificate program provides health care professionals and interested individuals in a wide range of careers with the knowledge and skills to effectively meet the needs of a culturally diverse patient and client population. Today, opportunities exist in the fields of nursing, social work, massage therapy, teaching, hospice care, administration, and research. Opportunities also exist within government programs and agencies; public and private institutions that provide health, education, and social services; research centers; special interest groups; colleges and universities; and corporate human resources divisions.
This certificate is relevant for registered nurses, nurse practitioners, licensed vocational nurses, practical nurses, nursing assistants, social workers, occupational therapists, recreation therapists, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, administrators, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, dieticians, educators, personal care assistants, volunteers, physicians, physician's assistants, chiropractors, clergy, physical fitness professionals, and interested individuals.
Note: All healthcare providers are responsible for checking the Accreditation list to determine if this course awards contact hours for their profession.
The Food, Nutrition, and Health certificate program consists of a total of 9 courses:
- Nutrition and Health - What's the Connection?
- Nutrition, Stress, and Immune Function
- Obesity In America - A Public Health Epidemic
- Current Issues in Nutrition
- Spiritual Nutrition - The Global Consequences of Food Choices
- Food Labels—Deciphering The Mysteries
- Botanicals, Herbs, and Herbalism
- Natural Sweeteners: Healthy Options for Your Sweet Tooth
- Probiotics: Silent Partners in Health
ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC was awarded Accreditation with Distinction, the highest recognition awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Accreditation Program.
ALLEGRA Learning Solutions courses are acceptable for CE contact hours in all states.
Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP 14693, for the stated number of contact hours.
ALLEGRA Learning Solutions courses are approved for continuing education credit for diabetes educators. All ANCC accredited courses are accepted for continuing education credit by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE).
No individual in a position to control content for this activity has any conflicts of interest or relevant financial relationships to declare.
There is no commercial support being received for this activity.
Expiration Date: 07/11/2019
Duration: 6 Weeks
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About the Instructor
Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC is a nurse who has cared for patients in acute care settings, community clinics, and the home. Her professional nursing career has involved nursing executive leadership and administration, staff development and education, community education and wellness, and holistic care. She has designed, developed, and presented numerous educational programs for audiences covering integrative health, promotion and wellness, and chronic disease management and prevention. She is the co-author of Spirituality, Health, and Healing and Integrative Health: A Holistic Approach for Health Professionals.
Caroline Young, MPH, has an extensive public health background that includes experience in research, workshop presentations in various areas of health care, and online and onsite teaching. She has expertise in holistic community health and wellness program design, development, marketing, implementation, and evaluation. She has also designed, developed, and presented integrative health programs for culturally diverse populations, senior populations, and faith communities. She is the co-author of Spirituality, Health, and Healing and Integrative Health: A Holistic Approach for Health Professionals.
These authors/presenters are the Co-CEOs of ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC. They have no affiliation or financial involvement that conflicts with the material or information presented in this activity. No commercial support has been received for this activity. All applicable local, regional, state, and/or national laws and regulations have been followed in the development and delivery of this activity.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
How does it work? Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
Nutrition and Health—What's the Connection?
What we eat profoundly affects our health and well-being: Obesity is at epidemic proportions in the United States. Many of us eat more than we require; we eat when we are rushed; we don't understand how various food elements interact, and we are not as knowledgeable as we could be about various diet types and their effects on our health. The goal of this course is to provide an overview of the role of food and health in human history. The various elements of nutrition and some of the most common types of diets are explored.
Nutrition, Stress, and Immune Function
Most individuals enjoy sitting down and eating a delicious meal. Food provides an opportunity to socialize and, if the food is nutritious, it also supports a healthy body and mind. However, if an individual is stressed, the nutrients they eat are not able to be utilized as effectively as when they are relaxed. If stress causes an individual to eat food that is not nutritious, health issues can result. Nutrition, stress, and the immune system are closely related. The goals of this course are to describe the relationship between food and emotions; to explain the stress response; to discuss the effects of stress on nutrition and health; to define mindful eating and methods of eating mindfully; and to examine elements of nutrition that support a healthy immune system.
Obesity in America— A Public Health Epidemic
Two-thirds of adults and one-third of children in the United States are overweight or obese. Left unchecked, the effects of this crisis on the nation's health, health-care costs, and productivity could be catastrophic. As a nation, we're getting more obese every day, many of our children are obese, and our life expectancies are much shorter because of it, despite trying many types of diets, eating less, and moving more. The goal of this course is to examine the extent of obesity in the United States; explain the difference between being overweight and being obese; list the causes of overweight and obesity; examine the health and economic consequences of obesity; and discuss pharmaceutical and surgical options for obese individuals.
Current Issues in Nutrition
Our diet has a profound impact on our health and well-being, yet many of us are not aware of where our food originated. We eat toxic, irradiated, or genetically altered foods, and we eat more than we need. How can we change our eating habits and become more conscious of what we eat, why we eat it, and how it is prepared? The goals of this course are to provide an overview of the types of toxins found in food and to examine the effects of irradiation, genetically altered foods, and food allergies on our health.
Spiritual Nutrition—The Global Consequences of Food Choices
Food is a dynamic force that interacts with our bodies on multiple levels: the physical level, the mental-emotional level, and the energetic or spiritual level. Conscious eating involves an awareness of the eating process from beginning to end, and it includes thinking about how dietary choices affect others. Any food choice that is truly good for an individual's physical health and well-being will also be good for his/her spiritual well-being. Today's food landscape is dominated by factory farms and food industry practices that violate spiritual principles, as well as human and animal rights, and damage the health of the planet. The goal of this course is to provide an overview the concept of spiritual, conscious eating, examine the effects of unconsious eating on the health of 0humans, animals, and plants, and provide guidelines for individuals who seek to support a lifestyle that includes spiritual nutrition practices.
Food Labels—Deciphering the Mysteries
An important element of health is the ability to understand what is in the food we eat. Knowing how to read and understand food labels can help individuals make healthier food choices. Many consumers do not fully understand what the labels on their food means in terms of nutritional value or the way the food was produced, raised, and manufactured. With this knowledge, understanding the labels becomes easier and making healthy choices are the result. The goal of this course is to provide an overview of food labels, describe how to read a Nutrition Fact label, explain food claims in terms of nutritional value, define what organic means, examine the four organic principles, and identify various food labels in terms of their significance to food products.
Botanicals, Herbs, and Herbalism
While modern medicine has produced many scientific advances, one of the most important advances has been the recognition of the value of herbs and herbalism. After all, nature and plants have been an essential part of everyday life since the beginning of recorded history. Used for medicine, clothing, food, and in religious ceremonies, in many health belief systems, plants are considered a gift of nature and valued for their healing effects. The goal of this course is to provide an examination of the role of herbs and herbalists, herb processing, how herbalists are trained, and issues facing the use of herbs.
Natural Sweeteners—Healthy Options for Your Sweet Tooth
Most Americans consume far more sugar than they require, and this contributes to obesity as well as many types of diseases. The role of sugar in the American diet is an important one, and understanding its effect on the body and its role in inflammation and disease can significantly impact one's health. Alternatives to refined sugar are numerous, but are they safe and effective? The goal of this course is to provide a historical overview of the role of sugar in the American diet, describe the various definitions of sugar, briefly examine glucose metabolism and the health effects of too much dietary sugar, explain the glycemic index, identify both artificial and natural alternatives to sugar, and list methods of reducing dietary sugar intake.
Probiotics—Silent Partners in Health
Probiotics are live organisms believed to be healthy for the host organism. They are used globally to improve the health and well-being of animals and human beings. Sales of probiotic supplements have soared in recent years on the basis of intriguing research that demonstrates potential benefits for many chronic conditions, including cancer. With the rise in interest in integrative health as well as complementary and alternative therapies, this trend is likely to continue. The goal of this course is to examine what probiotics are (and are not), how they affect our health, the various categories of probiotics, the risks and benefits of their use, how to select a probiotic, pertinent regulatory considerations, and the current research on their use.
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I am a personal chef, and I intend to pass on the knowledge I learned here to my clientele in order for them to lead a more healthy, happy, prosperous lives. I will certainly remember everything taught on eating organically. I will consider it when grocery shopping and speaking with my clients.
I believe the instructors who taught the course were phenomenal. I really enjoyed them in the discussion area and the overall course work as well.
I am an early childhood educator, and I am opening my own day home (daycare), so I will apply what I have learned in this course about nutrition and food, not only to my own kids and family, but also to the children in my care. This course had really helped me even more, with all the information I had from before about food and good, healthy eating. I want to thank you for everything, and I am recommending this course to all of my friends. Thank you!
This was an amazing course, and I thank the instructors for a well-organized and thorough curriculum.
Currently I'm not in a health field but plan to earn a dietary technician certification, and I feel this course provided a good foundation, as well as a means of stimulating my interest in the subject. Thank you, instructors, for a well-written and relevant course that I can also use to support my own personal health goals.
As a restaurant manager, I plan on utilizing the information I gained to offer more nutritional and mindful menu choices.
As a result of this course, I will advise my patients to maintain a healthy weight by eating right - a mostly plant-based diet - exercising regularly, taking probiotics, and decreasing stress levels in order to live a disease-free, balanced and happy life.
I will be able to help guide my clients towards healthier lifestyles through my own understanding of nutrition.
When I signed up for this course, my intention was to get an introductory food and nutrition course. This course MORE than met my expectations! The cost was fair and very reasonable, making the material available to a wide range of consumers and professionals. It was surprisingly current and up-to-date. It was surprisingly unbiased. I'm very skeptical that so much nutritional information is provided to consumers today in a very biased manner. There always seems to be an agenda. Blatant claims are made about one food or another or specific food groups that often seem, to me, to be overblown. This course had none of that, and I appreciate the thought and pre-criticism that these two instructors put into the course materials. Thank you for this wonderful class. I'm certain I will refer often to this material!