Late last year I decided to continue my education in order to keep my CHES (Certified Health Education Specialist) certification. I had debated since I am currently not working in the field but my dream is not dead yet. In order to maintain the certification I need to earn 75 credits over 5 years.
I began the year by enrolling in the Plant Based Nutrition Certificate program from eCornell. The program is offered through the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. The three course program focused on plant based eating and the health issues that arise from the standard American diet that most people eat and are used to. This program further changed the way I eat and think about food and nutrition. Interactions with fellow classmates from around the world as well as with the instructors in the online discussion groups was lively and invigorating. It was a great way to begin the year and my road to more nutrition focused education.
I continued my education with several courses offered by Amanda Archibald of Field to Plate. Amanda is an R.D. and teaches functional nutrition in her programs. I attended two webinars before enrolling in the Hearth to Health program for nutrition and health practitioners. I simultaneously enrolled in the Culinary Nutrition program. The courses complimented one another and provided an excellent set of tools. All of the material in Amanda’s is supported by scientific research and readings. She provides concrete information for how to work with clients and how to work with different food groups and nutritional needs. The mapping system she teaches is one that will be easy to teach and apply. The courses also provide recipes that align with each lesson and the different focuses. She teaches how to create recipes based on ingredients at hand. I am hoping to attend the hands-on part of the training in the coming year. In the meantime I am licensed to offer Hearth to Health training and events.
All of the courses that I have completed in my continuing education support what Hippocrates stated so long ago: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Food can cure what modern medicine often cannot or does not. Proper nutrition is a key component in living a healthy life.