Certified Nutrition Coach (CNC)

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Certified Nutrition Coach (CNC)


Our ever-changing world comes with a whole host of health and fitness challenges. As rates of obesity and chronic health conditions continue to climb, the demand for qualified health and fitness professionals rises. The role of a Nutrition Coach is in high demand as people look for ways to improve their health, lose weight, and stay motivated to do it.  

NASM's Nutrition Certification enables you to provide evidence-based guidance to those seeking to improve body composition, athletic performance, and health. By successfully completing this program, you will have the knowledge and abilities to leverage nutrition education to increase your client's success, reduce turnover, and maximize adherence. Held to the highest standard of research-based theory and practice, this program teaches you how to provide nutrition coaching to a variety of clients with differing goals. Your knowledge and skill base will be updated to remain current and focused on delivering the gold standard of client care in the nonclinical sphere.

Learning Objectives

  • Outline the scope of practice for a nutrition coach.
  • Research and use credible nutrition information from scholarly and reputable sources.
  • Identify how culture, age, geographic region, and socioeconomic status influence dietary eating patterns.
  • Explain foundational principles of nutrition science, including metabolism, macronutrients, micronutrients, hydration, alcohol, and nutrient timing.
  • Describe healthy dietary patterns.
  • Explain the efficacy and appropriate, safe practices for the recommendation and use of supplements.
  • Empathize with clients and provide a nurturing environment to maximize client adherence to a nutrition-coaching program.
  • Customize communication and the coaching approach in alignment with a client’s profile.
  • Conduct a comprehensive client assessment and body composition testing.
  • Instruct clients on how to navigate real-world scenarios to maximize healthy eating patterns.
  • Explain the mechanisms and science behind trending diets.
  • Develop customized, evidence-based nutrition programs for clientele.

Specific titles given may include:

  • Nutrition Coach
  • Nutrition Specialist

Prerequisites: NA

Timeline: Maximum 12 months - study at your own pace

Delivery Method: Online - study anywhere, anytime

To register your interest, please email [email protected]

To view more information, visit https://www.nasm.org/products/CNC301K

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