Online Certificate
School Nutrition and Wellness

Approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics/CDR
for 60 CPEUs & ACSM 40 CECs & more

Register for this Certificate Here!

The Online OPEN ENROLLMENT Professional Certificate in School Nutrition and Wellness has been designed to meet the growing demand for Registered Dietitians, DTRs, allied health/medical and fitness professionals, school administrators, parents, and the general public who want to develop healthy food programs and strategies for children in today’s school systems. This Web-based Certificate program provides information on why nearly 20% of America's children are overweight or obese and how you can make a positive impact in your community to establish effective health, nutrition, and wellness policies that 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. With the knowledge gained through this certificate, 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.

This Certificate program is appropriate for anyone concerned with child health and education including:
  • Registered Dietitians/Dietetic Technicians, Registered
  • School Administrators
  • Teachers
  • Health Educators
  • Nutritionists
  • Nurses
  • Allied Health/Medical and Fitness Professionals
  • Food Service Providers
  • Caregivers
  • PTA Members
  • Parents
This program is offered in an open enrollment format, meaning you can register at
anytime and once logged in, you have 8 weeks to complete the course(s) you
registered for

Click here to review a detailed Certificate Program Fact Sheet.
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for alist of CECs/CEUs.

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!