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Hot Topics in Nutrition

Test your knowledge and share your expertise with clients.

Did you know that scientists have identified the distance between a household and a supermarket as a risk factor for certain health conditions? Or that, according to a survey, 91% of parents said family dinners helped them reduce feelings of stress? You know that sets and reps are just a small part of the success and results you help people find, and that nutrition and behavior change are absolutely key to long-term success.

While it’s not within your scope of practice as a fitness professional to plan meals for clients (unless you have the additional credentials), there is still a lot of room to coach, educate and guide. Start here with IDEA’s rich vault of nutrition and behavior change information. When you add fact-checked research to your existing wellness repertoire, you can feel good about sharing nutritional insights with clients.

Nutrition News

Here’s a quick list of recent nutrition and behavior change news and research to whet your appetite:

  • Less-than-optimal magnesium levels are linked to diabetes risk.   
  • JAMA Network Open found that older adults’ diets are less than ideal (and it’s a trend).
  • Ground-breaking research shines light on the connection between food additives and the microbiome.  
  • There’s evidence that mushrooms might bring depression relief.  
  • Eating too fast may be linked with a higher BMI.

However, there is much more information available for fitness professionals to explore, which is one reason why it’s vital to stay up to date with continuing education credits.

The Best of Behavior Change

Fitness professionals understand that optimal nutrition is the best program design partner. But nothing will glean results unless you’re able to successfully champion behavior change. IDEA dives deep into data and presents health and wellness research in easily accessible formats.

That is what the “plus” stands for in our reimagined membership—it represents all that you do to Inspire the World to Fitness®.

As a member, you have access to vast content and resources, and we’ve featured a small fraction of our library below. If you’re not a member, you can still access this education and get a feel for our community.

Would you like to learn culinary skills from professional chefs? Put your new-found knowledge into practice guiding your clients to set and achieve culinary-based goals for improved fitness, health and overall wellbeing with the webinar Bust Imposter Syndrome in the Kitchen with MonjCOOKS for Coaches. These are the most delicious CECs you’ll ever earn!


Sample Extra Nutrition Information from IDEA:

Time-Restricted Eating and HIIT

A study finds that combining time-restricted eating and HIIT is more effective at improving cardiometabolic health than either approach alone.

Nutrition for Young Athletes

Participation in athletics can be an important contributor to an adolescent’s physical, cognitive and emotional development.


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