Gain a holistic overview of current food and nutrition issues and their impact on physical, social, emotional and spiritual health. This certificate provides an overview of the role of food and nutrition choices on our bodies, our immune systems, our overall well-being, and the health of all sentient beings on an increasingly populated planet.
The outcome of this certificate is for the learner to describe a holistic overview of current food and nutrition issues and their impact on physical, social, emotional, spiritual, and planetary health. You will examine topics like the impact of obesity on health, how to improve health by swapping processed sugar for other sweeteners, and the health benefits of probiotics and herbs. This certificate is designed for individuals working in the health care field and those interested in the topic.
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- Lesson 1 - Nutrition and Health—What's the Connection?
What we eat profoundly affects our health and well-being. Gain the understanding of how various food elements interact and how various diet types and their effects on our health.
- Lesson 2 - Nutrition, Stress, and Immune Function
If the food is nutritious, it also supports a healthy body and mind. However, if individuals are stressed before, during, or after a meal, the nutrients they eat are not utilized as effectively as when people are relaxed. Nutrition, stress, and the immune system are closely related.
- Lesson 3 - Obesity in America—A Public Health Epidemic
Two-thirds of adults and one-third of children in the United States are overweight or obese. Left unchecked, the effects of this crisis on the nation's health, health care costs, and productivity could be catastrophic.
- Lesson 4 - Current Issues in Nutrition
How can we change our eating habits and become more conscious of what we eat, why we eat it, and how it is prepared?
- Lesson 5 - Spiritual Nutrition—The Global Consequences of Food Choices
Today's food landscape is dominated by factory farms and food industry practices that violate spiritual principles, as well as human and animal rights, and damage the health of the planet.
- Lesson 6 - Food Labels—Deciphering the Mysteries
Knowing how to read and understand food labels can help individuals make healthier food choices. Many consumers do not fully understand what the labels on their food means in terms of nutritional value or the way the food was produced, raised, and manufactured.
- Lesson 7 - Botanicals, Herbs, and Herbalism
Botanicals, herbs, and herbalism are used for medicines, clothing, food, and in religious ceremonies. In many health belief systems, plants are considered a gift of nature and valued for their healing effects.
- Lesson 8 - Natural Sweeteners—Healthy Options for Your Sweet Tooth
The role of sugar in the American diet is an important one, and understanding its effect on the body and its role in inflammation and disease can significantly affect one's health.
- Lesson 9 - Probiotics—Silent Partners in Health
The lower digestive track is filled with a complex and diverse community comprised of millions of microbes. They are used globally to improve the health and well-being of animals and humans. Sales of probiotic supplements have soared in recent years on the basis of intriguing research that demonstrates potential benefits for many chronic conditions, including cancer.
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Course Hours: 16 Hours
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