Nutrition Essentials Certificate

by Amanda Carlson-Phillips, MS, RD, Keith B. Wheeler, PhD, Christopher Mohr, PhD, RD, Julieanna Hever, MS, RD and Teri Gentes

Earn up to 6 CECs/CEUs from ACE, ACSM, NASM, NFPT, NCCPT, WITS and more!

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Type: Online Curriculum

Item: C700008CECD

Online Curriculum

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Talk to You Clients Confidently About Nutrition!

IDEA has put together a Nutrition Essentials Certificate program packed with information taught by IDEA's elite presenters and authors.
  • Covers the essentials of nutrition
  • Successful completion of the program is rewarded with an IDEA Certificate of Completion, which can also be verified on FitnessConnect!
  • Includes up to 6 hours of CECs/CEUs from ACE, ACSM, NASM, NFPT, NCCPT, and WITS

Nutrition Basics and Nutrient Timing
Learn important nutrition basics, and how they pertain to body fat reduction and changes in muscle mass. Get practical strategies and evidence-based approaches that will help you help your clients to maximize their exercise potential and recover from strenuous activities.

Eat to Win-Enhance Performance and Promote Recovery
The fuel your clients put in their bodies will make or break their success. However, sorting through the science and separating fact from fiction can leave even the savviest trainer confused...until now.

Power Fueling-Brown Bag Lunches and Snacking Essentials
Want to infuse fun, flavor and living energy into power-fueling creations you can make in minutes? Learn how to make super-tasting, easy lunches and snacks for the busy person on the go! Explore whole food fueling and the full spectrum of nutrient-dense, energizing foods you’ll love.

Nutrition Myth–Busters!
Based on cutting-edge scientific data, this video will debunk the greatest myths surrounding healthy eating today, including topics such as protein, supplements, soy and dairy.

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Learning Objective

  1. List the basic physiological effects of strenuous exercise on the body.
  2. Explain the critical attributes of the post-exercise recovery meal and explain how it promotes anabolism.
  3. Explain the optimal time to consume the post-exercise meal and describe evidence-based research that supports this timing.
  4. Describe the notion of “food as fuel” and its relationship to helping to enhance behavior change.
  5. Explain how you currently integrate nutrition information into your practice/services and gain awareness of how you could enhance that integration.
  6. List the “10 Nutrition Rules to Live By” as a simple means of providing recommendations for carbohydrates, proteins, fats, meal timing, hydration and recovery nutrition.
  7. List the key factors in fueling for optimal performance.
  8. Explain the recommendations for eating to recover from training.
  9. Identify some of the most common dietary supplements and research associated with them.
  10. Explain the most effective eating strategies for different client scenarios.
  11. Describe how to develop and implement a nutrition plan to ensure permanent physical success.
  12. Explain the factors that constitute a high-quality protein source.
  13. Define the process of protein digestion and absorption.
  14. Describe several health benefits and risks of a high-protein diet.
  15. Cite various types of protein and their effects on athletic performance.
  16. List several things that athletes should consider when adopting a high-protein diet.


Nutrition Basics and Nutrient Timing: What All Fitness Professionals Should Know
July/August 2017 IDEA Fitness Journal Quiz 1: Health and Fitness News, and Nutrition News
September 2017 IDEA Fitness Journal Quiz 2: Sports Nutrition
Eat to Win-Enhance Performance and Promote Recovery
August 2010 IDEA Fitness Journal Test 2: Nutrition: Protein Intake Course
October 2011 IDEA Fitness Journal Quiz 3: Nutrition, and Minerals and Macronutrients
Bonus Video: Nutrition Myth-Busters!
Bonus Video: Power Fueling-Brown Bag Lunches and Snacking Essentials

About the Author

Amanda Carlson-Phillips, MS, RD

Amanda Carlson-Phillips, MS, RD IDEA Author/Presenter

Amanda Carlson-Phillips is a registered dietitian who earned her bachelor's degree in nutritional sciences, with a minor in chemistry, from the University of Arizona. She continued her education by earning master's degrees in sports nutrition and exercise physiology from Florida State University. Carlson-Phillips is committed to helping EXOS athletes, across all facilities, achieve their maximum performance potential through the integration of effective nutrition into their lives. She's delivered both educational seminars and individual consulting to a variety of professional and elite sports organizations. Carlson-Phillips speaks about the importance of improving nutrition for both sports performance and overall health to a variety of populations at coaching seminars, military educational conferences, college symposiums, and state and national meetings. She also contributes to many sports- and fitness-based publications, has edited various sports nutrition books and educational texts, evaluates current research for the American Dietetic Association's Evidence Analysis Library, and is an advisory board member of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. Carlson-Phillips works directly with the EXOS nutrition team to help create year-long systems of success for all EXOS athletes. She also coordinates the company's performance research, undertaking both case studies and peer-reviewed research to help EXOS stay on the on the cutting-edge of sports science.

Keith B. Wheeler, PhD

Keith B. Wheeler, PhD IDEA Author/Presenter

Keith currently serves as a consultant. Previously was Global Director of Medical & Scientific Affairs, Performance Nutrition, for Abbott Laboratories Nutrition Division. My educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in life science from Otterbein College, Westerville, Ohio. I earned both a Master of Science and a Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry from The Ohio State University. Currently I am a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine and a member of the American Society for Nutrition. Also currently I serve on the Board of Directors for the National Alliance for Youth Sports. I am a frequent speaker and lecture on sports nutrition and clinical nutrition to health professionals and various organizations. In addition, I have lectured to and worked with numerous professional and collegiate teams and organizations on the topic of performance nutrition. I have help develope nutrition edcation modules, programs and/or various related material with organizations such as the National Federation of State High School Associations, the National Wrestling Coaches Association, The National Alliance for Youth Sports, the National Strength & Conditioning Association and the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association. I have more than 25 publications in the areas of clinical nutrition and nutrition as it relates to athletic performance.

Christopher Mohr, PhD, RD

Christopher Mohr, PhD, RD IDEA Author/Presenter

Dr. Christopher Mohr, PhD RD is a nutrition spokesperson and consultant to a number of media outlets and corporations including the The Dairy Council, General Mills Bell Institute of Health, Nestle and Nordic Naturals. He is a consulting Sports Nutritionist for the Cincinnati Bengals and is also an Expert Contributor for ReebokONE. He often appears on TV as a nutritional guest expert, including an appearance with Chef Emeril Lagasse and another on the Montel Williams Show. He was the nutrition expert for the NY Times Bestseller, “LL Cool J’s Platinum Workout” and worked closely with Fitness Celebrity Denise Austin to create the entire nutrition component of her latest book. He is also on the Advisory Board for Men’s Fitness Magazine and has written over 500 articles for consumer publications, such as Men’s Fitness, Weight Watchers, Men’s Health and Fitness, to name a few. Dr. Mohr has Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Nutrition from The Pennsylvania State University and University of Massachusetts, respectively. He earned his PhD in exercise physiology from the University of Pittsburgh and is a Registered Dietitian.

Julieanna Hever, MS, RD

Julieanna Hever, MS, RD IDEA Author/Presenter

Julieanna Hever, the Plant-Based Dietitian, is a Registered Dietitian who has been in private practice in Los Angeles since 2005, specializing in weight management, disease prevention and management, and sports nutrition. Julieanna is the host of the wellness talk show series What Would Julieanna Do? on Z Living Network, has given a TEDx talk, and is the author of The Vegiterranean Diet and the best-selling book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition. Julieanna authored Permanente Journal’s A Physician’s Guide to Plant-Based Diets and the Journal of Geriatric Cardiology’s Plant-Based Nutrition for Healthcare Professionals. She is the nutrition columnist for VegNews Magazine, co-author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Gluten-Free Vegan Cooking, and a recipe contributor to both New York Time Best-Selling Forks Over Knives books. Julieanna was recently featured on The Dr. Oz Show, The Steve Harvey Show, Reluctantly Healthy, The Marie Osmond Show, The Jane Velez-Mitchell Show, and E! News, co-stars on The Chef and The Dietitian, on numerous radio shows, and lectures extensively around the world. To learn more, visit Julieanna at her website:

Teri Gentes

Teri Gentes IDEA Author/Presenter

Teri is a presenter and practitioner with 30 plus years experience in education, motivation, and enabling application for people all over the world in making life-enhancing habits. I present for Corporations, Government, and Private industries -AFPA Fitness, Idea, Can Fit Pro, DCAC Fitness, Canadian School of Natural Nutrition; Export Development Canada; Ontario Power Generation; Midtown Health; Stats Canada etc and made regular appearances on local TV stations along with videos.

26 Reviews

3.8 out of 5 Stars

  • by J S on Aug 08, 2017

    I really enjoyed the courses in this certificate program. A great primer in nutrition basics and great tips to help my clients better fuel themselves for their personal goals.

  • by Stephanie Watkins on Jun 10, 2016

    I didn't notice the audio being a distraction. I enjoyed both presenters. The information in my opinion is very useful to my client base.

  • by Paul Matthews on Jan 28, 2016

    Content of the course is good, however the audio is terrible when Amanda takes over, the audio fluctuates up an down all the time to the extent of it distracting. To be honest I found half way through her presentation I had to turn it off, lucky I I knew 90% of the questions in the test, but that's not the point, I would like to have listened to it fully incase something is mentioned I did not known.

  • by Iduma Ortega on Aug 23, 2014

    Great class! Very inspiring, easy and healthy recipes plus I loved Teri's personality. Very good information too!

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Online Curriculum

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