What's the best nutrition education for a personal trainer?!
Hi! I am wanting to expand my knowledge of nutrition/dietetics beyond the 3 courses I was required to take in my Exercise Science course work in college. Any suggestions on the best path without having to go back to school for 4 years? With the demand increasing for healthcare professionals having knowledge of nutrition and it's application to their clients/patients there has to be some professional education courses?
Aside from that Alan Aragon has a lot of very good info available in his research review.
Have you considered the American Council on Exercise's Lifestyle and Weight Management Coach certification.
I have the same concerns that you do about nutrition education. I've been looking around at different programs, and I've decided that the ACE LWMC course is probably the best for me for a number of different reasons, mainly because of the goals of the clients that I've worked with the most.
ACE also has some course bundles for nutrition. As a certified personal trainer and CSCS with a degree in exercise science, you probably know more about nutrition than you think! I've got some links for you that might be helpful.
I looked on the ACSM website, and it seems like they don't have much in the way of nutrition education. I saw some links to one day workshops. I could be missing something though.
At any rate, I hope this helped out a little. Once you find something that you think meets your criteria, let me know about it because I might be interested in it as well!
Lane, I'd be willing to bet that if you're near a university of a decent size like mine (about 20,000 students), you could probably just waltz into the library and go to the journal section, pick up a fitness journal or nutrition journal or something like that and read up on whatever you wanted to read about. They keep the most up-to-date copies available. Don't underestimate the power of the old-fashioned "take a trip to the library, pick up a book, and start reading" routine!
Just a thought!
I have the materials for the ACE LWM certification but I like IIN's approach and am doing well.
Here's a good link to find out more about IIN: http://www.integrativenutrition.com/admissions/attend-info-session