I want to get a nutritional certification but how/where do I start, I want to LEARN
I am considered a "Nutritional Advisor" through Advocare and I have done a LOT of "study/research" on nutrition. But due to the fact that I have so many people looking to me for answers AND trying to get/keep my family on the health & wellness track I desperately want some type of certification! (My son has ADD & a TIC disorder and I have meneires disease...I know from my lil' experience that our eating effects our issues!). W/o stepping into an actual class room and the internet being what it is..I need to find something online because I still have a lil' one at home. I want to eventually make this a career move!
Nutrition Essentials Certificate (6 CECs)
•Learn the essentials of nutrition to help clients
get better results
•Taught by IDEA's elite experts
•Includes 2 bonus streaming videos
•Verified on IDEA FitnessConnect
One thing to consider, is what the requirements are in your state to give out nutritional advice. Different states have different requirements as to what a person with different degrees or certificates can give as far as nutritional advice. Before you start down a journey of what program you'd like to follow, consider what legally your state will allow you to say or do regarding nutritional recommendations. I'd hate to see you spend your money, only to find out that in your state you can't make the kind of recommendations you wanted to make.
Good luck! Its an incredible journey when you find that thing you want to pursue!
The reason I say this is because very few clients are strict with their diets. Is this because they don't know what foods have fiber, or where to find good sources of vitamin A? We have no lack of knowledge when it comes to nutrition for the general population.
Most people need to:
1. Eat more REAL food
2. Eat smaller portions
3. Avoid thinking that exercise means they can eat anything they want
4. Learn how to control hunger, and understand that it is okay
This is all a matter of psychology more than anything. How do we find ways to make it easier for someone to reach these goals? Buying smaller plates and cups, or removing poor food choices from the grocery list are a good start.
Specific to your question, no certification or learning will make you a dietitian. If that is your goal, you should go back to school for that. If you choose not to do that, I would avoid telling clients to take any supplements. You can make them aware of them, but anything more than that and you might be asking for trouble.
To me, as a trainer, we should focus on making sustainable changes in the lifestyle and educating clients on basic supplements. There is a difference between explaining the benefits of whey protein and telling your client to take certain supplements. If you don't understand the difference here, see:
All the best,
here are a few web sites that will help you with finding the information you need:
http://dhmh.maryland.gov/dietetic/SitePages/Home.aspx (I am sure you find something like this for the state you live in).
Your next step would be to find a reputable school that is offering an online nutrition program of your preferred specialty.
Then you need to figure out what organizations/associations you may want to belong to because some of them have approved schools in order for you to be accepted into their group.
You also need to make sure it is properly accredited. There are so many schools that may or may not be properly accredited. And just because it has an accreditation attached to it doesn't mean it's legit.
In my quest for some reputable places here are some I found along the way:
- International Olympic Committee (IOC) Diploma in Sports Nutrition
- University of Bridgeport
- Hawthorn University
- American College of Healthcare Sciences
Other suggestions to find what you are looking for is to just google what specific area of nutrition you are interested in and explore the websites that come up. Ultimately, it's going to come down to the curriculum, the end result, and the cost, which is something you would have to decide.
if you want to make this a career move, then I assume you want to end up being an RD. While you can take any nutrition course available online, it will still only allow you to talk about food in generic and non-prescriptive ways.
I would start unraveling this from the final goal and first see what requirements your state has to allow you to give specific nutritional advice. And then only take those courses that will be recognized towards this goal. I myself hold a 'Fitness Nutrition Specialist' certification and could apply those CeCs to my other personal training certifications but that would be of no use to you if you are not a personal trainer. I did not check it out but I do not think that this nutrition certification will go outside this industry.