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Evidence-based Optimal Nutrition:
The Quest for Proof! Online Course
Learn from the experts: Illuminating the complex world of nutrition research
In today’s world, we are bombarded with food advertisements, promotions, and warnings. Between the juice cleanses, detox diets, and superfoods, it’s easy to lose track of the best dietary patterns supported by solid evidence. Evidence-based Optimal Nutrition: The Quest for Proof!, a self-paced online nutrition course taught by leading experts from the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, will enable you to cut through the confusion and learn the true evidence-base for nutrition.
To start, Dr. Walter Willett will provide a lecture on Dietary Quality and Chronic Disease Prevention. Next, Dr. Frank Hu will present a module on Curbing the Global Obesity Epidemic: From Science to Policy. Finally, Course Director Dr. Eric Rimm will teach a module on Popular Diets: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Information from these leading experts will enable registered dietitians, health professionals, and the general public alike to gain an in-depth understanding of the evidence-base for nutrition, as well as skills to assess nutrition evidence. To read more details about the course, please visit our About The Course and Before You Begin pages.
What You'll Learn
1) Food and nutrition trends in the United States and globally
2) Genetic, nutritional, environmental, and global causes of obesity
3) The effects of various dietary patterns, macronutrients, and micronutrients on chronic disease risk
4) Dietary and behavioral changes that are evidence-based strategies to promote weight loss
5) Strategies that will enable participants to understand best practices for evaluating new nutrition studies when they are released
Key Questions Addressed in This Course
1. How does our diet affect our likelihood of developing a chronic disease?
2. How can nutrition promote health for ourselves and our patients?
3. What does obesity look like on a global scale?
4. Are food policies having an impact on obesity rates?
5. Do popular diets work?
6. What advice can we confidently give people about diet and weight loss?