Nutrition Reconsidered: a relook at the science and practice


A course designed to help you understand the nuances of nutrition and how to optimally integrate science and best practice

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Target audience
Anyone interested in current evidence-based and practical approaches to optimizing nutrition, whether this is for health, general performance or weight management.

What will I learn
  1. Learn how make informed and smart decisions around food, diets and supplements.
  2. Be able to identify nutritional facts versus fiction
  3. Understand the context of nutritional genomics and personalized nutrition.
  4. Learn how to determine energy needs and how to best obtain fuel via the diet.
  5. Weigh up plant versus animal diets.
  6. Find out about the risks and benefits of different dietary approaches for weight management including low carbohydrate high fat diets.
  7. See how different tools can be used to facilitate the implementation and monitoring of dietary plans.
  8. Learn how to interrogate food labels.
  9. Understand fundamental food preparation principles.
  10. Find out how to create different styles of menus

Each module will have four multiple choice questions. Students will have unlimited attempts to answer these questions. A certificate of completion will be issued once all of the assessments have been completed.

Course description
In this course both the science and practice of nutrition is explained in a way that is relevant and exciting with the aim of helping you make smart nutritional decisions. The course has been designed to help you understand some of the nuances of nutrition and provides reasons for the noise and confusion. You will be guided through the fundamental principles of nutrition and some of the current controversies, and will systematically be shown how to negotiate this space to make informed decisions, and to also understand when it may be necessary to seek professional help. Throughout this process you will be given solid and cutting edge advice with plenty of practical examples.This course is taught via videos, interviews, screencasts, and power point presentations and is broken down into manageable and actionable modules

Previous experience and knowledge is not required.

About the instructors

Shelly Meltzer RD (SA) MSc (Med) Nutrition & Dietetics

As a registered dietitian, author, teacher, researcher, and consultant dietitian with over 30 years of clinical, community and sports nutrition experience, Shelly brings a lifetime of learning and experience to this course. Having set up the dietary practice and nutrition services at the Sport Science Institute of South Africa, she has been at the forefront of nutrition research and practice, and whether it is feeding her family or international sports teams, and/or advising her clients, Shelly has always come up with innovative best practice approaches integrating the health and joy of food .
Sarah Chantler RD (SA) BSc (Med) (Hons) Nutrition & Dietetics (UCT), MSC (Med) (Hons) Exercise science
Sarah Chantler is a registered dietitian from Cape Town. She loves working in a dynamic and multidisciplinary environment. She has a special interest in sport and the holistic management of all athletes, recreational to elite.
Marie MacGregor RD (SA) BSc (Med) (Hons) Nutrition & Dietetics (UCT)
Marie MacGregor is a Registered Dietitian working at Shelly Meltzer and Associates dietary practice at SSISA, Cape Town. She works with a wide range of clients, from young to old, helping them to reach their health-related and weight-related goals.


Videos in MP4 format
Animated PowerPoint Videos in MP4 format
Course content in book format
Additional resources
Certificate of completion
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Last modified: Wednesday, 15 March 2023, 5:05 PM