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Nutritionist Education: The Different Paths to Becoming a Nutritionist

By Mark Occhipinti, Ph.D. | Jan 18, 2018 9:00 AM

If nutrition is your passion, it makes sense that you’d want to turn it into a profession—either as a full-time career or a part-time pursuit. But there isn’t one distinct path to earning the necessary education. Instead, you have several options to consider in terms of education, and what you choose will be based on factors like schedule flexibility, affordability, preferred focus areas, and timeframe.

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Can Personal Trainers Give Meal Plans?

By Amy Occhipinti, M.S. | Dec 27, 2017 9:02 AM

Fitness and nutrition naturally go hand-in-hand, and personal trainers are often asked for their advice on how clients can boost performance, lose weight, deal with a chronic health condition, lower potential health risks, and get adequate nutrient intake.

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Here's What the Best Nutrition Certification Programs Have in Common

By Mark Occhipinti, Ph.D. | Dec 20, 2017 9:00 AM

When it comes to nutrition education, there are a number of programs that can promise enough breadth and depth to launch you into a career as a nutrition professional. But not all programs are equal—some have distinctive attributes that set them apart. Consider these top qualities as you’re comparing programs and deciding which to choose:

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Careers in Nutrition: What Can I Do With a Nutrition Certification?

By Amy Occhipinti, M.S. | Dec 6, 2017 10:00 AM

After you’ve put in the work, learned in-depth and evidence-based insights about nutrition, and earned your certification, you may be left with one big question: What happens now?

With a nutrition certification, you’re holding an entry pass to a breadth of different opportunities. From career tracks to specializations, you can use your certification to explore what you really want to do—and make a meaningful impact on client lives at the same time.

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6 Rewarding Careers in Health and Wellness You Haven't Heard Of

By Claire Riley, B.S. | Jul 19, 2017 8:00 AM

When talking about a job in health and wellness, people are likely to think of yoga instructors, fitness class leaders, personal trainers, and dieticians. After all, personal trainers like Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper from The Biggest Loser or Chris Powell from Extreme Weight Loss capture the attention of millions of people who tune in to see them help clients make amazing transformations. However, there are many different ways to pursue your passion beyond helping others lose weight. Careers in health and wellness don’t have to be limited to personal training or nutrition services.

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Careers in Nutrition: How to Become a Senior Nutrition Specialist

By Mark J. Occhipinti, Ph.D. | Jun 21, 2017 8:00 AM

Being a senior no longer means spending your golden years in a rocking chair. Kathrine Switzer recently finished the Boston Marathon at age 70. Frederick Winter won a gold medal at the National Senior Games at age 100. And Sam “Sonny” Bryant Jr. is a serious 74-year-old bodybuilder.

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AFPA vs. Precision Nutrition: Nutrition Certification Comparison

By Claire Riley, B.S. | Apr 4, 2017 8:00 AM

When turning your passion for nutrition and wellness into a career track, it’s likely that you’ll consider a certification program. Not only does this type of program give you the in-depth educational resources that help you master the topic, but it also communicates a level of credibility and confidence to your clients.

A certification lets them—and potential employers—know that you’ve undertaken a rigorous and research-centered approach to learning about nutrition, which gives you the insights you need to help others.

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How to Perfect Your Nutrition Consultant Bio to Win More Clients

By Amy Occhipinti, M.S. | Feb 22, 2017 8:00 AM

It’s that time of year when a lot of people start thinking about losing weight, improving their diet, and making better lifestyle choices. So what happens when someone decides they’re ready to get help to make better food choices?

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The Top 4 Nutrition and Fitness Certification Review Sites

By Amy Occhipinti, M.S. | Jan 25, 2017 8:00 AM

When you’re ready to take the next step in your nutrition or fitness career, most likely that will involve some advanced education through a certification program. But how can you discover which one might be right for you?

Fortunately, you’re not the first one to ask this question. That inquiry has prompted the creation of some robust certification review sites that can help you make some crucial program comparisons. Check these out:

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Sports Nutritionist Salary: What Is Your Earning Potential?

By John D. Binford, B.S. | Jan 4, 2017 8:00 AM

Develop a nutrition plan for college-level athletes to dominate the competition, build muscle strength and endurance, and recover faster. Give a presentation about food as fuel to a group of coaches at a conference. Write a book to show parents how to serve up healthy snacks to keep their athletes in training ready for the game. Create a customized nutrition plan to help someone run a marathon, conquer a century-ride. Or help active, sports-minded people figure out a nutrition plan that fits their busy schedule.

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