It’s September already; the month of new beginnings. I think that to-do lists are made mostly on September rather than New Year’s! And are usually long … but, I think that these lists are usually the ones we complete … And now here I am to add more to your lists! However, those of you interested in balanced nutrition and the health of your loved ones, especially your children, you would find this post very useful! From your messages and from what I read on the internet I see that you have many questions regarding nutrition. So I thought to do a research and gather as many free online healthy eating seminars I believe are worthy to take. So, you can learn a little more about what balanced nutrition means, what are the simple and small changes which could improve your diet, and more.
Most of these seminars can be found at major Internet platforms that collect all kinds of free educational seminars offered by well-known universities, giving access to all. Thus, through a program, usually of 5-8 weeks, one can learn a lot on the topic of interest. These seminars consist of a weekly video lecture by the teacher and tests, which you must pass in order to complete the course. They are not very difficult. If you have correctly followed the lecture there is no way you won’t make it.
The videos are accompanied by subtitles in many languages. Course’s material (video, subtitles and tests) can be downloaded. Most courses have a specific program, with weekly deadlines and specific start and end dates. Others give you the ability to watch with your own pace. As soon as you complete the course you get an attestation of attendance and for a price you can get and certificate. At the home page of each seminar you can see how much time you need to spend per week in order to complete the course.
I will start with the courses I have already completed, all of the located on Coursera platform. I don’t want to bore you with many details, so I will give you the title of the seminar with a brief description and you will be able to read more on the main page of the one that interests you.
Stanford Introduction to Food and Health, by Stanford University: Foods that nourish us and foods that harm us. Healthy eating by focusing in proper home cooking.
Nutrition, Health, and Lifestyle: Issues and Insights, by Vanderbilt University: This tutorial is not currently available, but I believe that at soon will open again for registration. It is an introduction to healthy eating (what are proteins, carbohydrates, calories and fat) and teaches us: how to read the nutrition food labels, about nutritional supplements, superfoods, vegetarianism, healthy eating and exercise, dietary allergies and intolerances. It is probably the most demanding in time from the ones I’ve watched, but very interesting.
Child Nutrition and Cooking by Stanford University: This course I have not yet completed. It examines contemporary children’s nutrition and the impact of individual decisions taken by each family, as well as the health risks associated with obesity in childhood. Participants will learn what constitutes a healthy diet for children and adults and how to prepare simple, tasty dishes.
Nutrition for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention: Basic information on diet programs especially for certain diseases. And this tutorial is not currently available, but will be soon. Coursera makes drastic changes to its platform and some lessons have not yet passed to the new one.
On ALISON platform you will find several interesting seminars:
Introduction to Human Nutrition: covers the essential nutrients necessary for our body.
Diploma in Human Nutrition: examines in depth the three macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, lipids) and micronutrients (eg. vitamin C, vitamin E, Selenium) and their importance to the proper functioning of the digestive system and physiological functions.
On the same platform you will find three other more specialized seminars:
Human Nutrition – Introduction to Macronutrients,
Human Nutrition – Understanding Macronutrient Metabolism,
Human Nutrition – Introduction to Micronutrients
On Open2Study platform you will find the seminar of the Greek origin Professor of Pathology in Australia Nick. Vardaxis, Food, Nutrition & Your Health, which teaches the basics of nutrition, how eating disorders develop and the benefits of various diet products.
Finally, edX offers a long list of courses on food and nutrition. You could browse the list by clicking here.
I hope that all of you who want to learn more about healthy eating will find this post helpful. You should rush, though, because some of these courses start soon. I would appreciate it if you know of another interesting seminar to inform me and the readers of the blog via comment or email. 🙂