This continuing education course helps health and fitness professionals
better understand how to prevent and manage cardiovascular disease with
updated research on risk factors, serum cholesterol, hypertension, and
diet and exercise.
Course components are delivered online and include a continuing education exam.
Cardiovascular Nutrition and Fitness Online CE Course helps health and fitness professionals better understand how to prevent and manage cardiovascular disease. Ellen Coleman’s highly acclaimed course includes updated research on risk factors for cardiovascular disease, serum cholesterol, hypertension, diet and exercise, and specific meal planning strategies. In-depth topics cover the etiology of atherosclerosis and hypertension; dietary risk factors including fat, fiber, and sodium; drug therapy; and risk reduction for adults and children.
Explain the initiation, progression, and consequences of atherosclerosis.
Identify and define the types of cholesterol and explain the role of low-density lipoprotein in cardiovascular disease.
Define exogenous, endogenous, and reverse cholesterol transport.
Define familial hypercholesterolemia and discuss the relative importance of high serum cholesterol, heredity, hypertension, obesity, diabetes, sex, age, and cigarette smoking as risk factors for atherosclerosis.
Define saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated fatty acids and explain their significance to the development of atherosclerosis.
Explain the difference between O-3 and O-6 fatty acids and discuss their effect on atherosclerosis.
Discuss the relationship between calories and fat intake in the American diet.
Define the cholesterol and saturated fat index (CSI); explain its significance.
Identify the two kinds of dietary fiber, explain the effects of them on serum cholesterol, and cite food sources for both.
Explain how insulin resistance affects CVD disease risk.
Explain the effects of dietary protein, alcohol, and coffee on serum cholesterol and cardiovascular disease risk.
Discuss dietary aspects of hypertension and its significance for heart disease risk.
Discuss the major studies of diet and CVD risk, and explain the consensus recommendations for dietary change.
Define Step One and Step Two diets; design meal plans incorporating these principles.
Explain the rationale for very-low-fat high-carbohydrate (VLFHC) and Mediterranean diets.
Name the major cholesterol-lowering drugs, and list criteria for drug therapy.
Discuss the role of exercise in promoting health, fitness, and weight loss.
Design exercise programs for apparently healthy individuals.
Discuss the significance of high serum cholesterol in children; explain how risk assessment, screening, and counseling can be integrated into a treatment and prevention plan.
Introduction Chapter 1. Atherosclerosis & Lipid Metabolism Chapter 2. Risk Factors for Heart Disease Chapter 3. Effects of Dietary Lipids on Cholesterol Chapter 4. Fiber & Other Dietary Components Chapter 5. Hypertension, Diabetes & Other Risk Factors Chapter 6. NCEP/AHA Recommendations Chapter 7. Heart-Healthy Dietary Patterns Chapter 8. Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Chapter 9. Exercise and Heart Disease Chapter 10. Exercise Programs for Health & Fitness Chapter 11. CVD Risk Factors in Youth
A continuing education course for health and fitness professionals to
prevent cardiovascular disease using nutrition solutions.
Ellen Coleman, MA, MPH, RD, CSSD, is recognized for her clinical,
academic, and publishing experience. A graduate of the California
Polytechnic State University (BS in dietetics with honors), Loma Linda
University (MPH in nutrition), and the University of California at Davis
(MA in exercise physiology), she has taught nutrition courses at
numerous universities in Southern California and published articles in
popular and professional journals. Her book Eating for Endurance
(Bull Publishing) has won wide acclaim, and she is actively sought for
media interviews and speaking engagements before lay and professional
groups. Currently the nutrition consultant for the Sport Clinic in
Riverside, California, Ellen is a certified specialist in sport
dietetics. She has competed in running and cycling and finished the
Hawaii Ironman Triathlon twice. A member of the American College of
Sports Medicine, she is past chair of the Sports, Cardiovascular, and
Wellness Practice Group of the American Dietetic Association (SCAN) and
received the 1994 SCAN Achievement Award.
“The information on cardiovascular disease in this course will help
me design more specific meal plans for my clients.”