Nutrition for Optimal Health, Wellness, and Sports

The Nutrition for Optimal Health, Wellness, and Sports Online Training Program will teach you about developing individualized nutritional programs for clients, patients, or yourself. The American College of Sports Medicine has certified this curriculum. This innovative and comprehensive Web-based certificate program provides an in-depth examination of contemporary nutritional topics, such as meal plan analysis, functional food implementation, antioxidants, public nutrition, sports nutrition, vitamin supplementation, and weight management.

The textbook for this program is included. This online certificate program is offered in partnership with major colleges, universities, and other accredited education providers.

The American College of Sports Medicine’s Professional Education Committee certifies that Educational Fitness Solutions, Inc, who works with us to bring you this program, meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status. Providership # 672784. This program is approved for 50 Continuing Education Credits through ACSM.


By completing the Nutrition for Optimal Health, Wellness, and Sports Program, you'll:

  • Understand functional food implementation
  • Explore meal plan analysis
  • Learn appropriate behavioral modifications and dietary approaches for different ages and populations
  • Understand vitamin supplementation and weight management
  • Gain a foundation for wellness nutrition based on current scientific research
  • Understand how to reinforce positive food habits and behaviors
  • Learn how to personalize meal plans for yourself or your clients
  • Identify common myths and fallacies concerning diet and athletic performance


Whether you are a health or medical professional, a registered dietitian, a fitness professional, or just someone who's concerned about their own health, the Nutrition for Optimal Health, Wellness, and Sports program will teach you about developing individualized nutritional programs. You'll explore topics such as energy and nutrient needs for daily living, with emphasis on particular physical activities, common myths and fallacies concerning diet and athletic performance, and appropriate behavioral modifications and dietary approaches for different ages and populations.

Content and curriculum in each module is designed to prepare allied health care professionals and registered dietitians to apply their client's health history toward optimal nutritional health and wellbeing. Personal trainers and fitness professionals will learn fundamental nutrition education to use with clients in partnership with registered dietitians. Individuals interested in learning more about nutrition, daily meal planning, wellness strategies, and sport nutrition and performance will discover information to help them achieve their own goals or to support family members in reaching their goals.

This certificate program includes:

  • An examination of what to eat and how to decrease the incidence of many common diseases
  • The principles behind helping people in any stage of their lifecycle to set and achieve weight goals, while working in conjunction with a registered dietitian
  • The specific nutrients that need to be increased in your diet as you age 
  • The facts about fad diets
  • The principles of healthy meal planning for athletes
  • Safe sport supplements, such as protein powders or bars, creatine, and sport drinks
  • The truth behind vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants

Continuing Education Credits
The Commission on Dietetic Registration, the credentialing agency for the American Dietetic Association (ADA), has approved this program for 120 Continuing Professional Education Units (CPEUs), or 40 (CPEUs) per each individual program taken separately for both registered dietitians and dietetic technician-registered.

The following national organizations and associations have approved the Nutrition for Optimal Health, Wellness, and Sports Online Program for Continuing Education Credits/Units (CECs/CEUs):

  • The American Senior Fitness Association: 2.0 CEUs per program
  • The Health and Fitness Professionals Association: 30 CECs per program
  • The National Council on Strength and Fitness: 10 CEUs per program
  • The National Federation of Professional Trainers: 1 CEC per program, equivalent to an entire six-month CEC requirement
  • The National Strength Professional Association: 2 CEUs per program 

Upon registering, you're given six months to complete this program.

  • Registration + Fees

    Begins: Open enrollment | REGISTER

    Course: NHWX800.01

    Tuition: $2,895 | Prospective students of this program may be eligible for full or partial federal tuition assistance under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

  • Outline

    1. Nutrition and You: Functional Foods
          1. Define Functional Foods, Choosing Functional Foods, and Functional Foods Protection
          2. Understand How to Incorporate Spices Into Your Diet
          3. Review the General Guidelines and Foods to Include in Your Meal Plan
          4. Gain Knowledge of Diet Diversity and Free-radical Theory
    2. Weight Management and Nutrition in the Lifecycle
          1. Define Obesity, Incidence, and Contributing Factors
          2. Understand the Basic Principles of Obesity Treatment, Interventions, and Contributing Factors
          3. Review Fad Diets and Practical Strategies
          4. Learn About the Obesity Epidemic and Weight-Management Programs
    3. Introduction to Sports Nutrition and Performance
          1. Gain an Understanding of Nutrition, Exercise, and Sports-related Fitness
          2. Understand Nutrition for Performance and Energy Utilization
          3. Learn about Protein, Ergogenic Aids, and Hydration in Sports Nutrition
          4. Learn about Meals for Competitions
    4. Public Nutrition and Wellness Education
          1. Understand Genomics and Evidence-based Medicine
          2. Examine New, Yet Old, Healthful Diets
          3. The Role, Functions, and Recommendations for Vitamins
          4. What's New in Wellness and Cancer Prevention

  • Requirements

    This program can be taken from either a Mac or a PC. Mac users must have the capability to open Adobe PDF files and Microsoft Word files. It is compatible with the Windows XP and later operating systems and IE 7 and later browsers. Students need Internet access with a 56K modem. It’s highly recommended that you have DSL or high-speed cable Internet access, 64 MB system RAM, 200 MB free hard-disk space memory or sufficient storage, a reliable e-mail account, CD-ROM/DVD capabilities, and a reliable Internet provider.

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    ed2go will provide the required textbooks for this program:

    • Nutrition for Health, Fitness, & Sport


    There are no specific prerequisites to enter this program, other than an Internet connection, an e-mail address, and basic computer knowledge. This program is for you if you're an allied health, medical, or fitness professional or a registered dietitian seeking advanced nutrition education, re-certification, re-licensure, or career advancement. If you're simply a person who wants to know more about nutritional program design, health, and performance, this program is a great option for you, too!


  • Instructors

    Melissa Halas-Liang is a registered dietitian, with a Master's in nutrition education and a certification in nutrition support. In addition to working as a clinical dietitian, she assists in clinical trials, has taught group diabetes classes, and has counseled patients on weight loss. She has spoken on a wide range of topics in the community, from diet and fitness to high school sports nutrition. She has spoken at the Woman's Health Symposium on Fad Diets and on Weight Management and Disease Prevention. Melissa has published articles in periodicals on healthy eating and edited textbook nutrition sections. She developed curriculums for medical residents and lectured to healthcare professionals for continuing education credits on a variety of topics. Melissa's enthusiasm for healthy eating is contagious, and her outgoing and interactive approach to learning motivates her audience to commit to new lifestyles.

    Donna L. Acox, MA, MS, RD, CD/N, has over 25 years of diverse experience in nutrition across the life span, clinical/critical care, higher education, counseling, business and industry, health and wellness. She currently works as a Dietitian II for the State of New York’s Office for Persons with Developmental Disabilities and is an adjunct nutrition and physical education instructor at Syracuse University. Donna also teaches multiple fitness classes and is a certified Fitness and AFAA yoga instructor. As an avid athlete and sports nutrition specialist, Donna hopes to inspire others to achieve their greatest potential though a healthier lifestyle combining good nutrition and fitness.

  • FAQs

    1. Can I register for programs if I am an international student?

    Yes, because ed2go programs are online you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration.

    2. How long does it take to complete a program?

    All of our programs are self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start them when you want and finish them at your own pace. This program offers initial access of six months with the option of an extension of six months for $300.

    3. Do I have to buy additional materials?

    All the materials you'll need are included, and their cost will be covered by your tuition. ed2go will ship all materials ground service upon enrollment.

    4. Can I get financial assistance?

    ed2go courses are non-credit courses, so they do not qualify for federal aid. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses.

    5. What happens when I complete the program?

    Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.

    6. Am I guaranteed a job?

    ed2go programs will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. We don't provide direct job placement services, but our facilitators and career counselors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job. Facilitators will also be available to use as a professional reference upon completion of the program. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

    7. Who will be my instructor?

    Each student is paired up with a facilitator for one-on-one interaction. The facilitator will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our facilitators are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach.

    8. What software or hardware do I need in order to take online programs and what are the system requirements?

    In order to take our online programs, you must have access to a computer and the Internet. You can access the program contents from any Web-enabled computer. You don't have to use the same computer to log-in to the program every time. We recommend that you have a word-processing program (Microsoft Word is best) and the latest version of Internet Explorer.

    9. Can I use a Mac?

    Yes, you can use a Mac for this program; however, Mac users must have the capability to open Adobe PDF files and Microsoft Word files.

    10. How can I get more information about the program?

    If you have questions that are not answered on our website, please feel free to contact us via LIVE chat (click the button toward the top of the page). If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please feel free to send us a question using the "Contact Us" form to the right. You may also call us at 1-855-520-6806. We will answer your questions promptly.

    11. When can I start the program? Our programs are all open enrollment. You can register and start the program as soon as you are ready.

    Please note: Once the program curriculum is accessed online or through submission of a material shipment confirmation, refunds cannot be issued.

    12. How am I graded or assessed in the programs/program?

    Your grade will be determined based upon the total points earned on quizzes, problem-solving questions, exams, written reports, special projects, and assignments.

    13. What must I do to graduate with the Certificate in Nutrition for Optimal Health, Wellness, and Sports?

    Complete and receive a passing grade (of C- or above) in all programs.

    14. How will I interact with the teacher?

    We know how important it is for the teacher to be available to the student. You can use regular e-mail, the classroom discussion boards, the chat room, or the telephone to interact with the teacher.

    15. What if I don't have enough time to complete my program within the time frame provided?

    The time allotted to complete your program has been calculated based on the number of hours for each program, so don't worry too much about not completing in time. If, after a concerted effort, you are still unable to complete, your Student Advisor will help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that a fee will be charged for an extension.

  • Reviews

    "My learning experience while going through this program was fantastic! The course is perfect for people who need to learn how to effectively communicate with clients to reach their desired goals. I feel the experience and materials were an excellent value for the investment cost. Thank you." 
- L.G., University of Georgia

    "I enjoyed the program immensely and learned an immense amount of information which confirmed a lot that I suspected. I plan on sharing this information with clients and writing a newsletter with updated information for our gym. I also plan to get more involved in some of the nutrition issues in our schools. This program was an inspiration.
" - O.F., Miami Dade College