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Online Professional Certificate in Sports Nutrition and Performance

Course 1: Nutrition and You: Functional Foods
Instructor: Melissa Halas-Liang, MA, RD, CDE
Heard about the health benefits of cocoa for cardiovascular health? What do garlic, tomato sauce, and tofu have in common? Which spices and herbs need to be consumed in your daily diet? In this course you will learn what functional foods to eat for increased performance in sports, training, and daily life.

Course 2: Weight Management and Nutrition in the Lifecycle
Instructor: Melissa Halas-Liang, MA, RD, CDE
Applying the principles of good nutrition starts at Day 1, whether working with clients or designing the optimal personalized eating program. This course teaches students the principles behind helping a client in any stage of their life to set and achieve peak performance while working in conjunction with a registered dietitian in a team approach. Discover what specific nutrients need to be increased in your diet for peak performance and at different stages of your life. Learn how to personalize your own meal plan and those of your clients.

Course 3: Introduction to Sports Nutrition and Performance
Instructor: Jane Burrell Uzcategui, M.S., RD
Learn what to eat before, during, and after competition, design optimal meal plans for athletes, and be able to identify the best sport supplements such as protein powders/bars, creatine, and sport drinks. Learn to provide the best fuel for your body and how proper nutrition can provide optimal muscle development, recovery and sports performance. 

Course 4: Public Nutrition and Wellness Education
Instructor: Melissa Halas-Liang, MA, RD, CDE
This course delves more deeply into nutrition, performance, and optimal wellness. Master the tools needed to provide educated answers on nutrition and overall well-being. Learn how to navigate through the media's mixed messages on sports nutrition, supplementation, diets, and effectively interpret nutrition news, and understand critical information on the science behind vitamins/proteins, minerals, and antioxidants.  


About the Instructors

Melissa Halas-Liang, MA, RD, CDE
Melissa Halas-Liang, MA, RD, CDE is the Program Coordinator and an Instructor for the Professional Certificate in Sports Nutrition and Performance and an instructor for the Professional Certificate in Advanced Personal Fitness Training. She is a Certified Diabetes Educator, holds a Bachelors of Science in Clinical Dietetics and Masters degree in Nutrition Education and practiced as Certified Nutrition Support Dietitian for 10 years. She has the Certificate of training for Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management. Melissa has 15 years of diverse experience in clinical care, nutrition management, nutrition counseling, critical care curriculum, nutrition education, media and writing, and currently serves as Co-President of the Los Angeles District of the CDA and spokesperson for the California Dietetic Association. In 2006, she started SuperKids Nutrition Inc…to save the world one healthy food at a time™ a company and mega Website resource for easy-to-read credible nutrition information and activities for families. If you have questions about the certificate program and courses, you may contact the her at

Jane Burrell Uzcategui, MS, RD
Jane Burrell Uzcategui M.S., RD, is a Registered Dietitian with a Master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition.  She has had extensive experience as a Didactic Program Director at the collegiate level where she was responsible for the placement of dietetic students in clinical and community nutrition rotations.  In addition, as a Certified Nutrition Support Dietitian for 10 years, she taught Medical Nutrition Therapy to medical and surgical residents in teaching hospital settings.  Jane’s experience as a distance runner has prompted her specialization in sports nutrition to teach to students about the role of nutrition in maximizing performance and altering body composition.

Registration Information

The cost for each course is $249. The cost for the entire certificate is $996.

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Registration Information

The cost for each course is $249. The cost for the entire certificate is $996.

Register Now

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