Health and Wellness: Designing a Sustainable Nutrition Plan

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March 16, 2023

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8 weeks, online
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Developing Evidence-Based Health and Nutrition Plans

This program from Harvard Medical School will give you the tools and confidence to create personalized healthy living plans for clients, patients, friends and yourself. Equipped with evidence-based resources and proven methods to motivate sustainable change, you will gain a better understanding of the relationship between lifestyle, nutrition and health. As a health coach or fitness trainer, you will be able to support clients seeking to make more informed decisions.

33%

of consumers said that they plan to spend more on nutrition apps, diet programs and subscription food services over the next year.

SOURCE: MCKINSEY & COMPANY

52%

of Americans followed a diet or eating pattern (such as clean eating) in 2022, up from 39% in 2021.

SOURCE: International Food Information Council

90%

of heart disease conditions may be prevented by adopting a healthy lifestyle.

SOURCE: American Journal of Preventative Medicine

Key Takeaways

  • Examine the connection between a healthy lifestyle and disease and chronic conditions.
  • Apply the five-step collaborative cycle to motivate and empower clients to adopt and sustain healthy behavioral patterns.
  • Identify evidence-based guidelines for healthy eating patterns and explain why certain foods are health-promoting.
  • Understand the six pillars of lifestyle medicine and explain their dependencies on one another to achieve sustained wellness.
  • Create a plan for behavioral change that starts a joyful journey to adopt and sustain healthy practices through all life stages.
  • Apply a growth mindset, self-compassion and internal motivators to implement a plan for sustained behavioral change.
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“If we look around the country, look at the statistics, the clear indication is that most Americans are eating in a way that is having many adverse effects on their health. Health coaches can provide people with information that’s critical, but more than that, they can give them a hand to help them put into practice choices that can have a powerful influence on their health and well-being.”

— Walter Willett, MD, DrPH, Professor, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and guest speaker

Who Is This Program For?

Health and Wellness: Designing a Sustainable Nutrition Plan is designed for individuals and wellness industry professionals who want to differentiate themselves with an evidence-based understanding of nutrition, lifestyle medicine and behavior change for sustained wellness.

Health coaches who seek to elevate their practice with the tools and confidence to inspire clients to make informed decisions based on unique needs and goals

  • Careers such as nutritionist, dietician, health coach, lifestyle coach, wellness advisor and CEO, founder or owner of a health-based organization

Personal trainers and fitness instructors who want to better understand the relationship between food, lifestyle and exercise to better motivate sustainable behavioral changes in clients

  • Careers such as personal trainer, yoga instructor, fitness instructor and fitness coach

Clinical health care professionals who seek a deeper understanding of the relationship between food and nutrition and how to educate patients on sustainable behavioral changes

  • Careers such as nurse, physician, physical therapist and mental health counselor

Health enthusiasts with a passion for developing and maintaining lifestyle strategies for themselves or others to live better, longer lives

  • Individuals interested in subjects such as cooking, organic food, veganism, vegetarianism, self-care, nutrition and health and wellness

Learning Experience

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Lifestyle journey guidebook assignments to help apply learnings

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Interactive activities and exercises

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Curated handouts and supplemental resources

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Insights on nutrition from a leading researcher

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Evidence-based models for wellness

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Fully online, cohort-based learning

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Featured guest speakers

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Networking with global peers

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Certificate of completion from Harvard Medical School Executive Education

Curriculum

Module 1:

Behavioral Causes of Disease and Lifestyle Impact

Understand the inter-complexities of lifestyle, nutrition and wellness by learning the concepts of evidence-based lifestyle medicine and the six pillars of lifestyle medicine.

Module 2:

Coaching and Influencing Others

Identify strategies for empowering and motivating clients to adopt and sustain healthy lifestyle behaviors while learning the components of an effective plan.

Module 3:

Eating Patterns for Optimal Health

Identify the components of healthy food and understand the role of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals in body function.

Module 4:

Empowering People To Adopt Healthy Eating Practices

Discuss the components of the Harvard Healthy Eating Plate, dietary patterns and the connection between diet and the environment with guest speaker Walter C. Willett, MD, Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Module 5:

Diet, Lifestyle and Disease Connection

Discuss the relation of diet and lifestyle to health, wellness and chronic health conditions, especially concerning sodium, trans and saturated fats and sugar.

Module 6:

Healthy Eating and Living through the Ages and Stages of Life

Discuss changing physiological needs across stages for children, elderly adults, athletes and women.

Module 7:

Applying Nutritional Concepts at the Individual Level

Identify nutritional needs, realities and strategies for individuals. Look at key considerations for nutritional diagnostics and motivational strategies for sustained commitment.

Module 8:

Assessing Nutritional and Lifestyle Needs To Develop a Plan

Understand the considerations and components of a lifestyle medicine plan and develop sample plans for individuals.

Module 1:

Behavioral Causes of Disease and Lifestyle Impact

Understand the inter-complexities of lifestyle, nutrition and wellness by learning the concepts of evidence-based lifestyle medicine and the six pillars of lifestyle medicine.

Module 5:

Diet, Lifestyle and Disease Connection

Discuss the relation of diet and lifestyle to health, wellness and chronic health conditions, especially concerning sodium, trans and saturated fats and sugar.

Module 2:

Coaching and Influencing Others

Identify strategies for empowering and motivating clients to adopt and sustain healthy lifestyle behaviors while learning the components of an effective plan.

Module 6:

Healthy Eating and Living through the Ages and Stages of Life

Discuss changing physiological needs across stages for children, elderly adults, athletes and women.

Module 3:

Eating Patterns for Optimal Health

Identify the components of healthy food and understand the role of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals in body function.

Module 7:

Applying Nutritional Concepts at the Individual Level

Identify nutritional needs, realities and strategies for individuals. Look at key considerations for nutritional diagnostics and motivational strategies for sustained commitment.

Module 4:

Empowering People To Adopt Healthy Eating Practices

Discuss the components of the Harvard Healthy Eating Plate, dietary patterns and the connection between diet and the environment with guest speaker Walter C. Willett, MD, Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Module 8:

Assessing Nutritional and Lifestyle Needs To Develop a Plan

Understand the considerations and components of a lifestyle medicine plan and develop sample plans for individuals.

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Your Healthy Lifestyle Journey: A Guidebook for Health Coaches
Your Healthy Lifestyle Journey is a learner’s reflective guidebook leading to a plan. It includes weekly required reflections that culminate in a plan for healthy lifestyle choices supported by reflective exercises and activities. This also serves as a guide and resource for future use by health coaches and enthusiasts.

Faculty

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ELIZABETH “BETH” FRATES, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

Lifestyle medicine pioneer Dr. Elizabeth “Beth” Frates is an award-winning professor at Harvard Medical School and one of the first Fellows of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine... More info

Featured Guest Speakers

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WALTER C. WILLETT, MD, DRPH

Professor, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Walter Willett is a physician and epidemiologist well known for his work in creating the Harvard Healthy Eating Plate. He is professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and has served as chair of the department of nutrition at Harvard for 25 years. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and the recipient of many national and international awards for his research on the long-term consequences of food choices. Dr. Willett is the most cited nutritional scientist internationally and has published over 2,000 research papers, primarily on lifestyle risk factors for heart disease and cancer.

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MEGHAN ARIAGNO, MBA, RD, LDN

Bariatric Program Manager, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Meghan Ariagno, MBA, RD, LDN, has been working as a dietitian in weight management for over 12 years, contributing expertise on health coaching in a health care setting. She started her career at the Weight and Wellness Center at Tufts Medical Center in Boston and has been with the Center for Weight Management and Wellness (CWMW) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital since 2012. In 2018, she became the Bariatric Program Manager there. She has served in various roles within the Massachusetts Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group.

Certificate

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Upon completion of this program, you will receive a digital certificate from Harvard Medical School Executive Education.

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