These excellent resources can help you get started with a career or business that includes nutrition coaching:
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (www.eatright.org). The site provides credible, evidence-based nutrition information and resources for health professionals and the public. Some fitness professionals who are not registered dietitians are eligible to join through the Academy’s affiliate membership program, which offers additional resources and benefits.
American Council on Exercise (www.acefitness.org). ACE resources include specialized training certifications or certificate programs in health coaching (the only NCCA-accredited health coach credential), fitness nutrition and behavior change. ACE also provides free access to the latest research and information related to nutrition and coaching through its blogs, infographics, webinars and other free resources**.
IDEA (www.ideafit.com). IDEA offers a plethora of resources to help health and fitness professionals launch and nurture careers in fitness, nutrition and coaching. Check out IDEA’s registry of training programs at www.ideafit.com/fitness-certifications.
MINT (www.motivationalinterviewing.org). The official site of the founders of Motivational Interviewing provides access to resources and training on developing and perfecting motivational interviewing skills.
Wellcoaches® (www.wellcoachesschool.com). Wellcoaches provides health and lifestyle coach training opportunities and resources.
**Disclosure: Author participated in the development and evaluation of the ACE Fitness Nutrition Specialty course and Behavior Change Specialist course, and authored several chapters of the ACE Health Coach Manual (ACE 2013). She also helped draft the ACE position statement on nutrition for health and fitness professionals.
To read more about ways to discuss nutrition with your clients, please see “Nutrition Coaching: A Primer for Health and Fitness Professionals” in the online IDEA Library or in the May 2015 print issue of IDEA Fitness Journal. If you cannot access the full article and would like to, please contact the IDEA Inspired Service Team at (800) 999-4332, ext. 7.