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FITNESS SPECIALTY CERTIFICATIONS AND CONTINUING EDUCATION HOME STUDY PROGRAMS

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Nutrition for Special Dietary Needs™ Home Study
Course Objectives

  1. Explain the nutritional needs, energy requirements, and nutritional issues of children and adolescents, plus the importance of physical activity for children and adolescents. Explain and apply the exercise prescription guidelines for children and adolescents.
  2. Explain physiological changes and nutritional needs changes with aging, the interaction between common nutrients and medications, plus the importance of exercise and physical activity for older adults. Explain and apply the exercise prescription guidelines for older adults.
  3. Identify and describe the physiological changes, common symptoms, common diseases associated with menopause, as well as the impact of nutrition and physical activity on the physiological changes, symptoms and diseases of menopause. Explain and apply the exercise prescription guidelines for menopausal women.
  4. Explain the physiological changes, changes in energy, nutritional related issues and needs during pregnancy and lactation, plus the benefits of exercise and safety considerations for exercising during pregnancy. Explain and apply the exercise prescription guidelines for pregnant women.
  5. Distinguish between different types of vegetarianism and explain the benefits of vegetarianism, as well as the general nutritional concerns associated with vegetarianism. Explain and apply physical activity considerations for vegetarians.
  6. Distinguish between overweight, obesity and healthy weight and explain four different methods for assessing body composition. Identify and explain the components of energy expenditure and how to calculate energy needs. Explain dietary guidelines and recommendations and the role of dietary supplements in weight loss, plus the role of aerobic exercise and resistance training in promoting weight loss.
  7. Distinguish between Type I, Type 2, and Gestational Diabetes Mellitus. Explain the relationship of metabolic syndrome to diabetes. Explain the role of nutrition the importance of exercise and physical activity in managing Diabetes Mellitus. Explain and apply guidelines for exercise for people with diabetes.
  8. Distinguish between types of eating disorders and disordered eating. Explain the general principles of treatment of eating disorders and the weight gain recommendations and nutrition for the treatment of eating disorders. Explain and apply the exercise prescription recommendations for clients with eating disorders.
  9. Describe four ways that the body can gain or lose heat in the environment and the physiological changes that occur in heat and humidity, extreme cold, and high altitudes. List and define common heat-related illnesses and the dangers of exercising in extreme environments, including heat and humidity, cold and high altitudes.
 
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