Online Certificate
School Nutrition and Wellness

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The Online Certificate in School Nutrition and Wellness has been designed to help counteract the current health status of today’s youth. With nearly 20% of America's children overweight or obese, effective health and nutrition education and school wellness policies will be critical for reversing this serious problem. The health status of America’s youth will directly impact our nation's health care system, available labor pool, and national priorities for years to come.   This Certificate program is appropriate for anyone concerned with child health and education including:

●  School Administrators

●  Teachers
●  Health Educators
●  Nutritionists
●  Nurses
●  Allied Health/Medical and Fitness Professionals
●  Food Service Providers
●  Caregivers
●  PTA Members
●  Parents

With the knowledge gained through this program, participants will feel confident leading or participating in effective wellness committees, modeling optimal eating behaviors, and making your school and community environment healthy and positive.

For open enrollment, students can register at any time, and once logged into the course(s) they registered for, they are allowed 8 weeks to complete the course(s).

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Certificate Course Descriptions

Course 1:  School Wellness and Nutrition - Problems and Effective Solutions
Instructor:  Christen Cooper, MS, RD
This course provides background on government nutrition programs for children, and the political and budget constraints that have hindered advancement in nutritional science. It also provides knowledge about the foods served at school and why vending machines and junk foods have become staples at many schools. Finally, the course looks at the parental, community, marketing, and school-based influences on childhood nutrition.

Course 2:  Developing School Wellness-Children Nutritional Programs
Instructor:  Christen Cooper, MS, RD

This course will look at the changing food environment in the U.S., including Mrs. Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign, changes in the school lunch program, and examines school gardens as well as the organic and green movement. It will discuss the three steps to successful nutrition education and ideas for incorporating nutrition and fitness education into the school day. It will ask participants to think creatively about the best ways to reach kids through positive food, fitness and health behaviors.