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Nutrition: An Integrative Approach

3.5 Contact Hours
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to provide an overview of the role of food and health in human history. The various elements of nutrition, some of the most common types of diets, and the roles of nutraceuticals and supplements are explored. Types of toxins and the effects of irradiation, genetically altered foods, and food allergies are discussed. Finally, the role of herbs and herbalists, herb processing, how herbalists are trained, and issues facing herbal use are reviewed.
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What we eat profoundly impacts our health and well-being, yet many of us eat when we are rushed; we don’t know where our food originated; we eat toxic, irradiated, or genetically altered foods; and we eat more than we need. How can we revise our eating habits and become more conscious of what we eat, why we eat it, and how it is prepared?

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Describe the role of food and health in human history.
  • Define diet and nutrition.
  • Identify the macronutrients and their role in nutrition and health.
  • Identify the micronutrients and their role in nutrition and health.
  • Describe the key features and focus of high-fiber, high-carbohydrate, low-fat diets and the Atkins diet.
  • Describe the key features and focus of moderate-fat, balanced nutrient, reduction diets; the raw food diet; and vegetarian and vegan diets.
  • Describe the key features and focus of the elimination and anti-inflammatory diets.
  • Describe the types and functions of nutraceuticals.
  • Describe supplements and their roles.
  • Identify the various toxins in our food chain.
  • Describe the effects of irradiation, genetically altered foods, and food allergies.
  • Describe the role of herbs and herbalism in health care.
  • Explain the herbal production process.
  • Describe the levels of herbalists.
  • Identify the actions of herbs.
  • Describe the key concerns of herbalism today.

How often have you heard, “You are what you eat”? Scientists now know that DNA and all other molecules that make up the cells are created from nutrients provided in the diet (Kohatsu, 2017).

The old adage is now regarded as definitive, science-based knowledge.

Since the beginning of time, food has played an essential role in the survival of humankind. For many cultures, food is the center of social and family gatherings. Scientific research shows the therapeutic and preventive benefits of eating a variety of nutritious foods. Not only is what you eat important, but so are how and when you eat and how the food is grown or raised.

In the modern world, the media are filled with the latest warnings about the dangers of one food or the virtues of another. Yet few people know how their food is processed or what has gone into the farming and raising of crops, and they barely take time to stop and savor the nutrients they eat.

  • Which foods should you eat?
  • How should you prepare them?
  • Which supplements are good for you?

Learning about food and answering these questions can be daunting. As the understanding of nutrition evolves and the choices become more complex, nutrition therapy is more important than ever in assuring a healthy life.

Integrative nutrition supports healthy eating habits by combining traditional concepts of nutrition with modern concepts of health (such as nutraceuticals) and the awareness of how food is grown or raised.


Food and nutrition are fundamental to all life. In addition to being a source of nutrition, food plays several other roles:

  • Spiritual: Diets for religious purposes
  • Geographic: Diets dependent on where people live and what is available
  • Economic: Diets dependent on available financial resources
  • Physiological: Diets for medical purposes
  • Social: Diets for special occasions

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course evaluation form. Certificate of Completion is provided once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

  • American Board of Managed Care Nursing
  • ANCC - American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • AOTA - American Occupational Therapy Association
  • ASWB - Association of Social Work Boards
  • California Board of Registered Nursing
  • California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Florida Board of Respiratory Care
  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery
  • NAADAC - The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
  • Florida Board of Massage Therapists
  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences
  • NCBTMB -National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork


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Course Expires:

September 11, 2021

  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
  • Caroline Young, MPH
Jurisdictional Requirements:

Continuing education (CE) licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. These CE requirements may vary in terms of the number of hours required to the types of courses that must be taken. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC recommends you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. Compliance with CE requirements is the responsibility of the individual health care provider. Health care providers must understand the CE requirements in their jurisdictions, and be sure they are up-to-date on any rule changes that affect their license. For further information, please see our Accreditation Information.

Accommodations for Disabilities:

Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodations, please contact us.

Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships:

The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

Commercial Support:

No commercial support has been received for this activity.

Non-endorsement of products:

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC approval or endorsement of any commercial product.

Off-label Use of Products:

None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.