Nutrition Trends, Nutrient-Rich Foods and Protein Intake Course

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Learn more about nutrition trends, which nutrient-rich foods would be best for clients, and the optimal protein intake for various populations while earning continuing education credits. Discover the top five food trends that affect the way we eat today. Reconsider your approach and exchange avoidance messages for positive ones that emphasize what to eat and highlight the nutritional benefits foods provide. Learn what athletes should consider in order to achieve optimal physical performance.

Articles and test are from the March 2009 CEC Nutrition Issue of IDEA Fitness Journal.

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Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives
After reading these articles, readers should be able to do the following:

  1. Describe three different food components that can be added to the
    diet to improve health.
  2. Outline how specific nutrients can reduce the risk factors for heart
    disease and hypertension.
  3. Specify readily available food sources that contain plant sterols,
    L-theanine, beta-glucan, potassium and vitamin D.
  4. Explain how to protect yourself against food-borne illness, and
    identify classifications for food recalls. 
  5. Articulate the goals of the sustainability, Slow Food® and locavore movements. 
  6. Define nutrient density.
  7. Explain how the naturally nutrient-rich foods approach can improve diet quality and maintain weight.
  8. Describe simple strategies to facilitate the adoption of a nutrient-
    rich diet.
  9. Define nutrient profiling and identify its intended purpose.
  10. Describe three retail and industry systems for nutrition labeling
    and profiling.
  11. Explain the factors that constitute a high-quality protein source.
  12. Define the process of protein digestion and absorption.
  13. Describe several health benefits and risks of a high-protein diet.
  14. Cite various types of protein and their effects on athletic performance.
  15. List several things that athletes should consider when adopting a
    high-protein diet.

Course Procedure

  1. Enroll in the course.
  2. View the course content.
  3. Take the test. (You must score 80% to pass. If you do not pass, you may retake the test.)
  4. Print your certificate of completion.

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Nutrition Trends, Nutrient-Rich Foods and Protein Intake Course
March 2009 CEC Nutrition Issue of IDEA Fitness Journal

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