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Food as medicine theme of free online course

Food as medicine theme of free online course

Vegetables for salad - 2Food as medicine is the subject of a three week online course being offered free by an Australian University.

The course is designed to unravel the facts about food from myths and hype.

Participants can choose from a course starting on May 2nd or one later in the year starting on October 23rd.

Exploring food’s current role in health and disease and expanding the understanding of nutrition science are part of the topics which will be covered.

Participants will also learn how to apply evidence-based nutrition knowledge to guide what food can be used as medicine for themselves and their families.

Prof Helen Truby, Head of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at Monash University says the course will be of particular interest to healthcare professionals who are looking for evidence based information to help them make food recommendations to their patients.

“This course is designed for anyone with an interest in food, nutrition and health and does not require previous knowledge or experience in science or health studies,” she stresses.

“Our knowledge of nutrients, bioactive compounds of foods, and their relationship with disease, is significantly more advanced and our understanding of the role of food in health continues to grow,” explains Prof Truby.

“Despite this there is still a lot of debate and expectations of ‘foods as medicine’”.

The course takes four hours a week and certificates are available. Anyone who wants to take part in the course can click on the link below to register.

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/food-as-medicine

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