Certificate in Children's Nutrition and Obesity

By The Health Sciences Academy. The leading provider of science-based interactive courses on the net.

Course Code: CNO2153

Industrialised countries are in the midst of a childhood obesity epidemic that threatens to leave our children with a shorter life expectancy than their parents.

Learn the basics of child nutrition and how to make healthy meals for healthy children and families.

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Eating patterns that begin in childhood affect health and wellbeing across the lifespan.

As processed foods become more readily available around the world, other developed nations are beginning to follow suit.

This course examines contemporary child nutrition from the individual decisions made by each family to the widespread food marketing targeting our children.

The health risks associated with obesity in childhood are also discussed.

Students will learn what constitutes a healthy diet for children and adults and how to prepare simple, delicious foods aimed at inspiring a lifelong celebration of easy home-cooked meals.

This course will help prepare students to be the leading health providers, teachers and parents of the present and future.

Course Curriculum

Module one:

Introduction to the problem – the childhood obesity epidemic facing the many developed nations. Why should we care and what can be done? Cooking also starts this week with how to make a simple breakfast and a stir-fry. We also explore the six basic ingredients every cook should have on hand.

Module two:

What constitutes a balanced meal? Learn tricks for controlling portion sizes while maintaining satisfaction; cooking continues with more healthy breakfast alternatives, an easy dinner all in one dish, and a simple, (gluten-free) cake for special occasions.

Module three:

How to pack a quick, healthy lunch for a child and why this is so important; how to shop for fruits and vegetables (and teach children to love them); making over our children’s favourite foods, and more healthy treats.

Module four:

Gardening as a way of getting children excited about fresh foods; more creative ideas for serving vegetables and basic techniques for making soups and cooking fish.

Module five:

Summing it all up. What have we learned about encouraging the right food choices despite environmental challenges like advertising and readily available processed foods? Cooking this week: the simple stew, a basic homemade salad dressing plus a Sunday morning treat that will make the whole family smile.

Recommended Background

Basic understanding of nutrition science: macronutrients, micronutrients and digestion. If you have access to basic cooking equipment and a source of food ingredients, we encourage you to test out the practical aspects of this course. No previous cooking experience is required.

Course Format

The course is divided into five modules, each covering a distinct area of child nutrition and cooking. Additional outside readings, web-based resources and discussion board topics will be presented to round out the course lessons and materials.

Will I get a Certificate after completing this programme?

Yes. Students who successfully complete the course will have the opportunity to receive a Certificate of Completion.


There are no prerequisites for this course. However, a general background in basic nutrition may be helpful to the student prior to taking this course. In addition to the basic principles of healthy meal preparation, this course aims to inspire a celebratory return to the simple home-cooked meal.

Resources needed for this course

For this course, all you need is an Internet connection, access to basic cooking equipment and simple food ingredients and a small amount of time to experiment, share your experiences and enjoy the fruits of your labour!

Course Fees

The cost of this course is £699.

Payments in GBP, EUR and USD are accepted.

Pay for your programme in 12 monthly instalments.

Includes access to your protected learners’ area, all course materials, lessons, interactive quizzes, online assessments, worksheets, a community of like-minded classmates, and Learner Services support.

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You have the drive and the motivation. We will provide you the tools to put your passion into practice.

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Many thanks, and see you at the other side, where your new journey and rewards begin.

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