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Simplistic Nutrition Recommendations: Unintended Consequences

This course, revised in 2013, is one of the most popular we have developed. It helps health professionals recognize the pitfalls and unintended negative health consequences of using simplistic nutrition messages. It provides the health practitioner with suggestions for providing clients with individualized, comprehensive, yet feasible advice that promotes lifelong health and well-being. 

You can view and read this course for free. To purchase the post test for CE credit, read the instructions below. 

How to take the course:

Guest speakers featured in the course:

Gail C. Frank, DrPH,  RD, CHES

Professor of Nutrition

Director, Internship Program in Nutrition and Dietetics

California State University, Long Beach


Peggy Papathakis, PhD, RD

Associate Professor Food Science and Nutrition Department

Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo


To complete the course for CE credit:

  • This course is worth 3 continuing education credits.
  • Purchase the course on  and click on the link to view and read the PDF (if you haven't already).
  • If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and view and read the PDF on that site.
  • Take the test and complete the evaluation.

Learning Objectives

  • Increase awareness of multiple means by which clients assimilate nutrition information;
  • Increase understanding of possible unintended negative health consequences of simplistic dietary advice;
  • Identify tools to help clients anticipate long term consequences of seemingly harmless advice;
  • Enhance ability to help clients prioritize health goals and individualize plans to meet their needs.