Nutrition 101: Healthy Eating Guidelines and Meal Planning

In this online course, learn the basics of nutrition, and practical suggestions for creating healthy food choices to improve and maintain your health.
Nutrition 101: Healthy Eating Guidelines and Meal Planning - Online Courses
Skill Level: Beginner
Length of Access: 365 days
Sections: 6
Length: 6 hours
Language: English
Note: This course offers a certificate of completion

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Nutrition 101 is designed for anyone interested in knowing more about nutrition and looking for ways to change eating patterns and lifestyle.

Backed by the expertise of a team of Penn State Extension registered dietitians and educators, and building on the United States Department of Agriculture's Dietary Guidelines for Americans, this course provides research-based nutrition information and strategies for improving and maintaining your health. This course gives you a thorough foundation in basic nutrition so you can understand and implement healthy eating patterns and choices. You'll also learn about meal planning, shopping tips, safe food preparation, dealing with food allergies and intolerances, and how to promote healthy food choices in your family, community, or workplace.

In this asynchronous course, learn at your own pace through a combination of videos, short readings, and knowledge check questions. Course handouts give you information to print and keep handy, and the course includes links to current, reputable sources of science-based nutrition information you can trust.

This course will be useful for those interested in learning to improve their own diet and health, and it is also appropriate as professional development for those in a nutrition or health-related field, such as health professionals, nursing assistants, teachers, coaches, health educators, or personal trainers.

This course offers a certificate of completion after successfully completing a graded final quiz.

Who is this for?
  • Anyone interested in knowing more about nutrition
  • People who are looking for ways to change their eating patterns and lifestyle
  • Nurses, nursing assistants, and other health professionals
  • Teachers and health educators
  • Personal trainers and coaches
What will you learn?

You will learn the building blocks of healthy eating, including how to:

  • use MyPlate to plan healthy meals
  • sharpen your ability to read labels and make informed choices at the food store
  • assess the legitimacy of nutritional claims
  • avoid food borne illness, as well as food allergies and intolerances
  • develop research-based lesson plans and provide engaging presentations to educate to diverse consumers on nutrition, diet and health topics
  • help others in your home, workplace, or community make healthy dietary changes


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