FREE Nutrition Course

I am very pleased to be able to offer this basic nutrition course FREE to anybody who would like to gain a little better understanding of the basics of nutrition. Richard Sennewald and I designed this course a few years ago when we ran the Nutrition Academy. We both feel that now is an appropriate time to make this available again. Although two years old the basic concepts and content are still generally valid. This course contains approximately 4.5 hours of free online learning.

If you want to get a better understanding of the basic principles that under-pin a solid understanding of nutrition start this course now.

You can access the modules from the drop down tab on this page or click the link at the foot of this page to access module one.


Fundamentals of Nutrition – Course Outline


Module 1

Lesson 1. The role of nutrition professionals – the difference between a dietitian, registered nutritionist, nutritional therapist and a fitness professional in terms of what nutrition advise they can offer.

Lesson 2. Screening and data collection – The importance of screening clients before offering nutritional advice. Which tools and equipment can you use to gather nutritional data and the pros and cons of each method.

Lesson 3. Population statistics & forecasts – Which methods are used for population surveys. What are the current different trends in obesity rates and other nutritional data?

Module 2

Lesson 1. Basic biochemistry – some basic underpinning principles of biochemistry and the laws that govern how molecules link/bond. Understanding the different bonds formed within the macronutrients and the relevance of these bonds.

Lesson 2. Protein – the building blocks of protein and how the various levels of organisation that subsequently occur effect the role of a protein. Why some amino acids are essential and the implications of this from a dietary perspective.

Lesson 4. Carbohydrates – understanding the basic terminology used to describe carbohydrates. How monosaccharides form disaccharides and then more complex polysaccharides and the different types of starch found in the diet. The glycaemic index and how this can be utilised when looking at your diet.

Lesson 3. Lipids – understanding how lipids are constructed and organised; the basic building blocks of a triglyceride and the different structures of fatty acids. Why certain fatty acids are classified as essential and their roles in the body.

Lesson 5. Vitamins & minerals (micronutrients) – General roles in human nutrition. The different sub categories of vitamins and the implications as regards to where these are found in the diet. The roles of each vitamin and the importance of referring to report 41. What is the difference between a vitamin and a mineral?

Lesson 6. Dietary Reference Value’s (DRV’s) and how to apply them. The difference between a dietary reference value and a dietary guideline. The different terminology that is used within the dietary reference values.

Module 3

Lesson 1. Lifestyle behaviour change – The basic psychology that underpins behaviour change. The transtheoretical model and the components that are found within. How the model for change can be applied in weight management and nutritional change?