Nutrition Courses: The Healthy Taste of Success

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Nutrition courses teach the relationship between food and a healthy body. More specifically, it is the science of nutrients and how the body digests, absorbs and eliminates them. Nutrition courses teach the answers to questions about diet and nutrition, what we eat and how it affects our bodies. If you’re looking for a career as a nutritional therapist, then a nutrition courses is for you!

If there is a magic formula to a healthy lifestyle it’s this: a varied and nutritious diet, plenty of exercise and enough sleep.

That’s simple enough, but here’s where things get tricky… Although people are generally aware of the need to eat healthily, there is so much conflicting advice out there that it is easy to become confused.

Firstly, magazines and newspaper supplements regularly feature new diets. They are also a staple on television. The Internet is awash with supposed expert advice. Furthermore, celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Hudson and Alicia Silverstone dispense advice in books and on blogs. Finally, fad diet books frequently top bestsellers lists.

It’s a cliché to say that, “you are what you eat” but it is not wrong. A healthy diet affects your energy levels, your concentration, and your ability to fight and avoid disease. Nutrition courses teach you how to separate the sensible advice from the nonsensical – and the dangerous. They can be used to learn how to devise healthy eating plans for private clients, as well as larger organisations.

Why enrol on a nutrition course?

Nutrition practitioners work in institutions like hospitals, nursing care facilities, outpatient service facilities, gyms, health clubs and other healthcare centres. In addition, many nutritional experts work as private consultants.

If you want to improve your lifestyle, get rid of poor dietary habits, or further your level of expertise, a part-time course in nutrition will give you the knowledge you need.

What do nutrition courses involve?

If you want to work as a nutrition expert, a weight management consultant, or a fitness professional there’s a nutrition course for you.

Introductory-level courses in nutrition teach how diet affects health and fitness. These courses may include practical components such as easy meals, shopping and cooking tips. There are also courses for people working in the fitness sector. These offer both practical and theoretical skills. They cover subjects such as healthy eating, eating disorders and eating for optimal health and sports performance. Certificate courses teach the science of food, how food affects well-being, and EU food labelling regulations.

Beginner courses in nutrition normally last for 10 to 15 weeks. Distance learning options are self-paced.


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  1. Karina Geoghegan 28th December 2016 at 11:22 am

    Can you please provide me with further information on Nutrition courses in Dublin starting in the New Year?

    Kind Regards

    1. Anne Sexton 3rd January 2017 at 9:37 am

      Hi Karina

      You’ll find Dublin and distance learning courses here:

  2. Nessa 4th May 2017 at 2:29 pm

    Hi, could you please provide me with information and short term and online nutrition courses suitable for Irish people living abroad.

    1. Anne Sexton 5th May 2017 at 9:09 am

      Hi Nessa, you’ll find information on courses here:
      The Open College, the International Career Institute and the Career Academy all have online options.

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