Online Certificate in
Sports Nutrition and Performance
(Formally Nutrition for Optimal Health, Wellness and Sports)

Approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics/CDR
for 120 CPEUs & ACSM 80 CECs & more

Register for this Certificate Here!

The Online Professional Certificate in Sports Nutrition and Performance has been designed to meet the growing demand for Registered Dietitians, DTRs, personal trainers, athletic trainers, allied health/medical and fitness professionals, and the general public who want to learn about developing individualized sports nutrition programs for clients, patients, or for personal improvement. This Web-based Certificate program provides an in-depth examination of contemporary nutritional topics such as advanced sports nutrition, vitamin/protein supplementation, functional food implementation, antioxidants, and meal plan analysis for optimal performance.   

Certificate Course Descriptions

This certificate program has four required courses:

Course 1: Nutrition and You: Functional Foods
Instructor: Melissa Halas-Liang, MA, RD, CDE
Heard about the health benefits of cocoa for cardiovascular health? What do garlic, tomato sauce, and tofu have in common? Which spices and herbs need to be consumed in your daily diet? In this course you will learn what functional foods to eat for increased performance in sports, training, and daily life.

Course 2: Weight Management and Nutrition in the Lifecycle
Instructor: Melissa Halas-Liang, MA, RD, CDE
Applying the principles of good nutrition starts at Day 1, whether working with clients or designing the optimal personalized eating program. This course teaches students the principles behind helping a client in any stage of their life to set and achieve peak performance while working in conjunction with a registered dietitian in a team approach. Discover what specific nutrients need to be increased in your diet for peak performance and at different stages of your life. Learn how to personalize your own meal plan and those of your clients

Course 3: Introduction to Sports Nutrition and Performance
Instructor: Jane Burrell Uzcategui, M.S., RD
Learn what to eat before, during, and after competition, design optimal meal plans for athletes, and be able to identify the best sport supplements such as protein powders/bars, creatine, and sport drinks. Learn to provide the best fuel for your body and how proper nutrition can provide optimal muscle development, recovery and sports performance

Course 4: Public Nutrition and Wellness Education
Instructor: Melissa Halas-Liang, MA, RD, CDE
This course delves more deeply into nutrition, performance, and optimal wellness. Master the tools needed to provide educated answers on nutrition and overall well-being. Learn how to navigate through the media's mixed messages on sports nutrition, supplementation, diets, and effectively interpret nutrition news, and understand critical information on the science behind vitamins/proteins, minerals, and antioxidants

Additional Information

Click here to review a detailed Certificate Program Fact Sheet.
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