Online Nutritional Education

Online Nutritional Education


Proper nutrition improves health and extends lives. Nowadays, with the wealth of nutritional resources on the web, anyone can become an amateur nutritionist, and ensure their diet provides all the ingredients necessary for well-being. is one of the most extensive websites on the topic. This site, founded by the National Agricultural Library and updated frequently to reflect the latest in scientific research, offers information on safe, healthy eating and on how to incorporate a fitness regimen into your life. It also describes optimal diet plans for people of different ages. That’s because a senior citizen actually needs nutrients somewhat different from, say, a teenager (and many people neglect such considerations).

You can also use your cell phone to help you eat better. Nutrition-related apps keep track of your body mass index, which vitamins and minerals you’ve consumed, and many other factors that can quantify a person’s overall fitness level. Among the most helpful of these apps are Lose It! and Thin-cam. With Lose It!, you establish how much weight you want to lose by a certain date. The app will then tell you each day how many calories you should consume that day in order to meet your particular weight loss goal. It will also record how many calories you actually take in. Lose It! will even suggest specific foods. For its part, Thin-Cam – which requires a membership fee – allows you to take a picture of every serving of food you eat during the day. These photos are sent to a team of professional nutritionists, who let you know if what you’ve eaten is helpful to your fitness goals. They’ll also offer ideas for diet modifications if you happen to be taking in too many calories.       

If you find yourself especially fascinated by such nutritional information, you might choose to go into the field professionally. Such careers as nutritionists, private fitness coaches and television health reporters offer excitement and personal satisfaction. Fortunately, many educational institutions – Penn Foster Career School is one notable example – offer online nutritional degrees. A bachelor’s degree program in nutrition from an accredited online college will provide you a strong overview of research skills, ethical matters and even administrative techniques. A master’s degree will prepare you for more advanced positions in healthcare, counseling and public disease and obesity control. It’s even possible these days to earn a distance-learning Ph.D. in nutrition.   

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Nov 30, 1999