Course Descriptions

Students can expect to spend approximately 50 hours on each course. Courses in this program are self-directed  in nature and begin as soon as the student registers. Students have 8 weeks to complete each course.

Course 1: Healthy Moms and Infant Nutrition
Instructor:  Rachel Blaine, MPH, RD

Navigating through evidence-based research, this course explores important nutritional recommendations for preconception, pregnancy and infant and toddler feeding. In addition, it also address strategies for families (healthy meal and snack ideas, exercise, family support) to embrace healthy living and eating post-delivery.  Moreover, the course debunks many common myths and provides a basic understanding of the most current maternal and child nutrition recommendations. Learn why early nutrition is the key to preventing childhood obesity and obesity later in life, as well as where to find excellent books and online resources for deeper exploration of topics of interest.

Course 2:  Healthy Children’s Nutrition:  At the Home, School and External Environments
Instructor:  Christen Cooper, MS, RD

This course is designed for allied health professionals and childhood educators concerned with nutrition, in addition to parents or caregivers interested in expanding their databank of nutrition knowledge. Utilizing evidence-based research, participants explore the role and impact of three predominant nutrition environments that affect a child’s food choices: the home, the school, and the external environment. Topics covered include: navigating the fast food jungle, addressing media and marketing to children, identifying the connection between nutrition and school performance and behavior, exploring successful parental feeding behaviors, and general strategies for childhood overweight and obesity prevention.