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Get Secrets of the Caterer, Food, Nutrition, and Health, Starting A Vegetable Garden, Growing Plants for Fun and Profit, Nutrition, Chronic Disease, and Health Promotion, Starting Your Own Business in Health and Healing, Holistic and Integrative Health, Introduction to Natural Health and Healing, Instant Italian and Learn How to Lose Weight and Keep It Off in this Bundle

1. Secrets of the Caterer: Learn the secrets of the caterer

Learn the fundamentals of the catering business, how to cook for large crowds, organize your kitchen, manage your time, and work with clients. The Certificate in Secrets of the Caterer Online Course focuses on cooking skills every caterer needs, with an introduction to the business side of catering.

You'll also receive many unique and tested recipes that you can use to jump-start your business. Build your catering skills  with enrollment in one of our best cooking courses and begin a new and exciting career today.

2. Food, Nutrition, and Health: Become more conscious of what you eat!

Food and nutrition have a profound impact on our health and well-being, yet many of us are not aware of what foods to eat, which diets are healthy, and where our food originates. The goal of this certificate program is to provide a holistic overview of current food and nutrition issues and their impact on physical, social, emotional, and spiritual health.

Throughout this certificate, you'll become more conscious of what we eat, why we eat it, how it is prepared, and what consequences our food choices have on our health as well as the health of our planet. You'll examine the impact of stress on the body and the health crisis posed by obesity in the U.S. You'll also learn how we can change our eating habits for more healthful outcomes, including swapping processed sugar for other sweeteners, adding probiotics to the diet, and harnessing the healing effect of herbs.

Ultimately, you'll gain insight into how food interacts with our bodies on multiple levels—physical, mental-emotional, and spiritual—as well as the impact it has globally. This certificate is designed for individuals who are working in the health care field and those who are interested in the topic.

3. Starting A Vegetable Garden: Learn how to give your garden a healthy start and keep it growing strong all season

Grow delicious, nutritious fruit and vegetables in your own backyard! In this course, you'll learn how to give your garden a healthy start and keep it growing strong all season.

You'll begin by figuring out which type of garden is right for you. Not everyone has the same amount of time, space, or sunshine, so the first step to a great harvest is selecting the right crops. You'll explore climate considerations, learn how to read a zone hardiness map, and find out how to spot a micro-climate in your yard.

After that, you'll discover how to properly prepare a garden bed so your crops have the best opportunity to thrive. Since healthy soil is the key to a great garden, you'll see how to identify problems in pH and drainage and fix them. You'll even learn to understand fertilizers and make compost!

Along the way, you'll delve into the variety of crops you can select: leafy greens, root vegetables, fruit, herbs, and more. Each type of crop has specific needs, so you'll get tips on starting seeds, transplanting, pruning, and using container gardens and support structures. In addition, you'll learn what to watch out for so you can spot pests and diseases before they destroy your bounty. And you'll take the guesswork out of watering your garden as you explore a variety of irrigation options.

Whether you want to provide your family with nutritious food, save money, get some exercise, or just be more self-sufficient, this course will give you the skills and knowledge you need to be on your way to a successful harvest.

4. Growing Plants for Fun and Profit: Turn your love of plants into profitable business

Turn your love of plants into an enjoyable and profitable home business. Learn how to grow and market plants on a small scale without major capital investment. In an area as small as 1000 sq. ft., you can generate thousands of dollars worth of plant material in a single growing season. This course is your practical guide to licensing, site preparation, equipment, how and where to find supplies, how to select and produce plants appropriate to your climate zone, how to produce quality material and, most importantly, how to market your product.

5. Nutrition, Chronic Disease, and Health Promotion: Gain an understanding the role food and water play in health

(12 contact hours) Nutrition is a major determinant of health as well as a factor in many common chronic diseases. In this certificate program, you'll gain an understanding the role food and water play in health, and see how making appropriate changes in one's diet can have powerful effects on health throughout life.

You'll examine how the burden of chronic diseases is rapidly increasing worldwide as traditional, largely plant-based diets are being replaced by high-fat, energy-dense diets with a substantial content of animal-based foods.

You'll also explore the relationship between nutrition and disease. Consumers and health-care providers alike must understand this relationship so they can choose quality foods that support optimal health.

This certificate addresses these issues and more and provides a solid foundation of for both health care professionals and those wishing to enter the fields of nutrition, health promotion, and lifestyle and wellness coaching.

6. Starting Your Own Business in Health and Healing: Learn how to make your dreams of building a health-related business a reality

Have you dreamed of creating your own business in health and wellness? Becoming an entrepreneur in this growing field can provide you with independence, flexibility, personal fulfillment, control over your own life, and incredible financial rewards. In this innovative program, you'll learn how to make your dreams of building a health-related business a reality.

This program will guide you through the steps to building your own business. You'll explore the different options for creating your business and learn how to develop a successful business plan that reflects your vision and allows you to compete in your target market. You'll gain information about financing your business, and see how to create an effective marketing strategy to help ensure your success.

You'll also examine the secrets of successful entrepreneurs. Throughout the program, you'll get access to sample documents and worksheets. By the end, you'll have virtually everything you need to embark on creating your own health and wellness business.

7. Holistic and Integrative Health: Learn the fundamentals of this person-centered and person-empowered approach to health care

Increasingly, today's consumers are seeking health care providers who focus on wellness and natural healing. As a result, the exciting and rewarding field of integrative health is growing rapidly.

In this 12-lesson Certificate in Holistic and Integrative Health program, designed for both health care professionals and consumers, you'll learn the fundamentals of this person-centered and person-empowered approach to health care. You'll cover topics including holistic stress management, health and the human spirit, energy healing, elements of meditation, healing environments, Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, humor and health, music therapy and sound healing, nutrition, therapeutic massage and bodywork, and healing effects of physical activity.

As you explore the diverse systems that fall under the umbrella of integrative health, you'll gain an awareness of the philosophies of health and healing that unite all of these systems. You'll discover the benefits of emphasizing wellness, building a strong relationship between provider and client, promoting self-healing, and using nutritional approaches and other natural healing techniques. Above all, you'll gain a new respect for human individuality and the healing power of the integrative health approach.

8. Introduction to Natural Health and Healing: Learn Introduction to Natural Health and Healing

We'll discuss the various stages of health and illness, and you'll discover that true health means wholeness of the mind, body, and spirit.

You'll start a personal health journal to evaluate your current lifestyle and observe how your behaviors can affect your health. We'll also explore naturopathy, which seeks ways for the body to heal itself.

You'll find out about proper breathing techniques that enhance health, and you'll learn the value of hydrotherapy, diet, biorhythms, and fasting. We'll also examine using the power of the mind for healing the body--discussing brain function tests, visualization, and relaxation therapies. You'll see the great power of belief. Then we'll delve into vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, free radicals, and the basic requirements that constitute a healthy diet. After our talk, you'll be able to develop menus that improve health.

We'll also look at herbal healing, aromatherapy, body therapies, massage techniques, osteopathy, chiropractic, T'ai Chi, reflexology, yoga, Feng Shui, therapeutic touch, natural remedies for common emergencies, and much more. By the end of this Certificate in Introduction to Natural Health and Healing Online Course, you'll have begun taking charge of your own health and healing!

Would you like to learn more about natural health but don't know where to start? If so, then this is the course for you!

9. Instant Italian: Learn instant Italian

You'll learn practical, everyday words and phrases that will make your stay in Italy more enjoyable. You'll read, hear, and practice dialogues based on typical situations that you're likely to encounter while staying in Italy. The dialogues and follow-up exercises of each lesson will teach you to communicate in Italian in a wide variety of settings. You'll be surprised by how quickly and easily you can learn many useful expressions in Italian! 

This Certificate in Instant Italian Online Course also makes it simple to master your pronunciation of Italian. Essential words and phrases are written phonetically by using sounds that are familiar to you from English words. The course audio feature lets you hear the words and phrases spoken aloud with just a click of your mouse. Short exercises are included with each lesson to help you reinforce what you've learned and gauge your progress, making it easy to pinpoint areas that you still need to review. The exercises also give you immediate feedback—you'll know whether you answered correctly as soon as you finish. 

By the end of the second lesson, you'll have learned about the Italian language's impact on the world, the Italian alphabet, phonetics, and pronunciation, proper forms of address, expressions of courtesy, and how to make introductions. When you reach your final lesson, you'll know how to ask for help, ask directions, navigate Italian shops, book a hotel room, order a meal, and much more! Cultural notes are included throughout the course to help you better understand Italians and their way of life. You'll also learn what various gestures mean to Italians, which ones to use, and those you should avoid. 

This course will convince you that learning a language is both fun and rewarding. You'll be pleased at how quickly this course helps you build your skills, and prepares you for your next adventure in Italia.

10. Learn How to Lose Weight and Keep It Off: Establish a healthy approach to successful weight loss.

Do you want to lose weight and keep it off? Now you can! In this comprehensive Certificate in Learn How to Lose Weight and Keep It Off Online Course, you'll discover how to establish a healthy approach to weight loss and weight maintenance. You'll master how to set and achieve weight-loss and weight-maintenance goals that make sense for you. 

Naturally, we'll begin with a discussion of the role of food in weight loss and weight maintenance. But we'll talk about far more than calories. From understanding food composition, portion sizes, and preparation methods, to meal composition and meal timing, you'll learn food basics—and beyond! You'll discover how to eat out without jeopardizing your weight loss or disappointing your taste buds. We'll also discuss the basics of planning and preparing meals at home, and uncover tips and tricks for navigating the social elements of eating. 

You may already appreciate that exercise is part of successful weight loss and weight maintenance. You may even know the differences between cardiorespiratory exercise, strength training, and lifestyle activity. We'll review these terms, and more important, discuss how to find exercise and activity that's enjoyable and helps you meet your weight-loss and weight-maintenance goals. You'll also discover how to take exercise to the next level and uncover thought patterns that negatively affect exercise and activity. Then we'll identify ways to overcome the challenges to regular exercise and activity. 

We'll determine the role of hydration in weight loss and explore how to overcome obstacles to good hydration. You'll see how your thoughts affect your weight and evaluate the role of body image, emotional eating, and more in your own life. We'll examine how important sleep is in weight loss, and you'll learn how to get better sleep and cope effectively with sleeplessness. 

We'll also probe the effects of stress on the body relative to weight and how to apply stress management techniques for weight loss and weight maintenance. You'll determine how other factors that affect weight, like genetics, pregnancy, menopause, aging, and cravings may be affecting your weight loss efforts—and learn practical strategies you can use to minimize their effects.

And since you don't want to lose weight only to gain it back again, we'll determine the differences between weight loss and weight maintenance, and see how to master the obstacles to weight maintenance. By the end of this course, you'll know how to set appropriate and effective goals for eating, exercise, and many other elements that affect your weight. You'll have the skills you need to lose weight and keep it off for a lifetime!

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This is an incredible opportunity to invest in yourself and your future, sharpen your training skills and learn what it takes to create your own success with Courses For Success Today!

Course Fast Facts:

  1. This course is delivered 100% on-line and is accessible 24/7 from any computer or smartphone
  2. Instructors lead each course and you will be able to interact with them and ask questions
  3. You can study from home or at work at your own pace in your own time
  4. You can download printer friendly course material or save for viewing off line
  5. You will be awarded a certificate at completion of this course

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Upon enrolment an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device. New courses start every month to ensure that we have the correct ratio of students to tutors available, please ensure you select a starting date when you go through our shopping cart, at checkout. The course is easy to follow and understand.

Recognition & Accreditation

All students who complete each course receive a certificate of completion per course, with a passing score (for the online assessment) and will be issued a certificate via email.

Secrets of the Caterer 10 Course Bundle includes the following courses, below is a summary of each course: 

Course 1 - Secrets of the Caterer

Getting Started

Have you dreamed of having fun and making money while cooking delicious food? Well, dream no more! Today we're going to learn all about the wonderful world of catering. You'll find out what the catering business is really like. We'll look into the ups and downs of having a home-based business. You'll get to explore your personal skill set. And finally, you'll do some cooking.

Quality Ingredients

Chefs often say that the key to great cooking is using quality ingredients. But what exactly are quality ingredients any way? After today, you'll know what they are and how to choose them. You'll also learn how to build your personal pantry so that you always have the right tools on hand for any kind of catering activity. And you'll get what every caterer needs: several exciting and delicious recipes.

Preparing Beautiful Food

Since we're first attracted to food with our eyes, delicious food also needs to be beautiful. In this lesson, you'll discover techniques for making any dish visually attractive. You'll learn how to arrange and present food in creative ways. You'll find out about easy and effective garnishes and how to work with them. And then you'll get to practice your new skills with several recipes.

Appetizers

Appetizers and hors d' oeuvres are an important part of any catered meal. So in this lesson, you'll learn how to pair appetizers and hors d' oeuvres with entrées. You'll see how to make them attractive and how to present them to your guests. And last, but not least, you'll get several tried-and-true appetizers and hors d' oeuvres recipes.

Main Courses

Today you'll learn the secrets caterers use to prepare delicious main courses. You'll find out how to choose the best main course, select the right ingredients for them, and serve them to your guests. And you'll have the opportunity to prepare several main courses.

Delicious Desserts

From brownies to cheesecake, everyone loves dessert! So today we'll explore different kinds of desserts and how to choose the right one for your event. You'll learn a number of dessert-making secrets and you'll have an opportunity to prepare several of them.

Beverages

Drinks are an important part of any meal. As a caterer, you'll always want to serve beverages that are refreshing and unique. So in this lesson, you'll learn all about teas, coffees, and punches. You'll get delicious recipes you can try and you'll see how to garnish drinks for that extra special touch.

Serving It Up: Presentation

Stemware, flatware, dishes, oh my! Don't worry: serving dishes don't have to be cause for great concern. With just a few tips and tricks under your belt, you'll learn how to choose the best serving dishes and flatware for any occasion. Today you'll see how to keep things practical, but still make everything beautiful. You'll also learn how to formally arrange flatware for any occasion. And of course, you'll get more recipes.

Condiments and Sides

Condiments and sides are a critical part of a great meal. They can also be a big headache. But with the skills you'll learn today, you'll be able to provide condiments and sides without any fuss. You'll find out how to serve them easily, safely, and without a bunch of problems.

Event and Menu Planning: Make it Special

Menu planning may seem a bit overwhelming. After all, combining the right items with the right event can be difficult. But you can master this planning skill! In this lesson, you'll learn to create the perfect menu for the perfect event. You'll see how you can manage menu items and keep your menu from becoming boring or too complicated. You'll even find a number of sample menus and recipes you can use for your events.

Managing the Business of Catering

Since catering is a business, you'll need to manage expenses and turn a profit. Today, we'll cover managing the business of catering. You'll learn how to price menus, figure profit, track your income and expenses, create contracts, and arrive at a healthy bottom line. You'll also find out how to set personal boundaries and take care of yourself so that your catering business doesn't overwhelm your life.

Your First Catering Event

In this lesson, we'll walk through a day in the life of a caterer. You'll see how to work with your client, how to help your client choose the right food, and how to get a signed contract and down payment. Next, you'll discover how to organize your time, plan the event, and deliver your first job with great success. Using what you learn today, you'll be able to plan and complete your first catering job!

Course 2 - Food, Nutrition, and Health

  • Nutrition and Health—What's the Connection?
  • Nutrition, Stress, and Immune Function
  • Obesity in America— A Public Health Epidemic
  • Current Issues in Nutrition
  • Spiritual Nutrition—The Global Consequences of Food Choices
  • Food Labels—Deciphering the Mysteries    
  • Botanicals, Herbs, and Herbalism
  • Natural Sweeteners—Healthy Options for Your Sweet Tooth    
  • Probiotics—Silent Partners in Health

Course 3 - Starting A Vegetable Garden

Why Grow Your Own Garden?
In this first lesson, we'll begin by discussing the many great benefits of growing your own food. You’ll discover why food from your garden is likely to have more nutrients than the food you can purchase from the grocery store, and we'll talk about ways to keep your costs down and options for designing your garden beds. By the end of this lesson, you'll be prepped and ready to begin planning your own edible garden!
    
What Should You Grow in Your Garden?
Not sure what you want to plant in your garden? That's good! Because there are lots of practical considerations that you should be aware of before you make that decision. Considerations such as personal taste, time, space, and the local climate will all impact your plant selection. Today, we'll discuss what you need to think about before planning your garden, and you'll start to learn the basics about climate zones and the types of plants that grow well in your area.
    
Preparing Your Garden
In this lesson, we'll look at strategies to keep your garden looking as good as it tastes! We'll begin by considering layout, style, flowers, and all of the little extras that make your garden unique. Then, you'll learn how to prepare your containers, raised beds, and in-ground gardens. We'll walk through the steps of placing, measuring, and building your garden to give your plants a healthy place to grow and thrive. We'll look at some time-saving tips and discuss when you should begin preparation and what method might be best for your garden.
    
Your Garden Soil
A whole lesson devoted to soil! Don't worry—this is actually much more interesting than it sounds. And what you learn today will prepare you to create the perfect foundation for your edible garden. We're examining soil up front, because you'll need to have a good understanding of your garden soil before you begin planting the delicious crops we'll discuss in the upcoming lessons. Today, we'll discuss your unique soil type. You'll find out about the drainage, pH, and nutrients in your soil. And you'll learn about soil amendments to create healthy soil that will nourish your garden.
    
Leafy Greens
Leafy greens are easy to grow, but they can get bitter if you aren't careful. In this lesson, you'll learn how to keep your leafy greens healthy and delicious. We'll start with an introduction to some of the varieties you can find and the benefits of each. Then, we'll look at important topics that affect your leafy greens, like bolting and slugs. Finally, you'll learn a technique to extend your growing season that can be applied to lots of vegetables, not just greens—starting your seeds indoors!
    
Root Vegetables
In today's lesson, we'll discover the vegetables that lie beneath the soil. We'll explore different types of these special veggies, including carrots, potatoes, and beets. You'll learn how to grow and harvest your crops. And finally, we'll discuss how to make the perfect seed bed for your root vegetables to flourish.
    
Vine and Bush Vegetables
In this lesson, we're going to take your garden up into the air by exploring vine and bush vegetables. You'll learn about lots of great edible options for adding height to your garden, including beans, peas, and tomatoes. We'll discuss important information about heirlooms and hybrids, as well as pests and diseases. Then, we'll explore the many ways that you can support your vertical vines as they grow up!

Fruits and Berries
Today's lesson will satisfy your sweet tooth as you learn about growing fruits and berries. We'll discuss some of your options like apples, grapes, and blueberries. Then, we'll cover the specifics of planting, pollination, and pests. And you'll also learn about the importance of pruning and how to make a proper cut.
    
Herbs
Today's lesson is all about herbs. You'll learn some specifics about herbs, like which ones are invasive and which ones need extra-deep containers to grow well. Then, we'll explore ways to harvest your herbs and still keep them producing. Finally, we'll go more in depth about how to grow crops indoors so you won't have to leave your kitchen to collect your harvest!
    
Irrigation and Your Garden
Watering has the potential to be one of the most time-consuming parts of caring for your garden. And it's often the part that beginning gardeners skimp on or overdo, resulting in a less-than-desirable crop. In this lesson, you'll learn about the various irrigation methods for different types of gardens, and we'll discuss the best approach for your edible garden.
    
Collecting Seeds and Preserving Your Harvest
Today, we're going to talk about ways to use your excess bounty so that it doesn't go to waste. You'll learn how to collect seeds from your crops, which seeds you should collect, and what to expect when you grow them next year. We'll also discuss ways to preserve the rest of your harvest through freezing, drying, canning, and pickling so that you can enjoy your surplus later.
    
End-of-Season Cleanup
Congratulations! You've grown a delicious, nutritious garden, and now it's time to put the garden down for the season. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to make sure your garden is properly prepared for the winter and how to get a head start for the spring. You'll also learn how to care for your tools so that your investment will last for many years.

Course 4 - Growing Plants for Fun and Profit

Making the Transition from Gardener to Nurseryman 

In our first lesson, you'll meet other gardeners who've successfully made the transition to nurserymen. You may be surprised to discover that, within the small space of a backyard, you can produce significant income by growing plants. You'll also learn what permits and licenses you may need as you get started.

Your Climate Considerations

Today, we'll take a close look at climate zone maps to help you figure out what plants will grow best in your region. Then we'll teach you easy ways to prepare your growing grounds. Finally, we'll show you ways to create inexpensive microclimates that will help you start your plants and expand the varieties you can grow.

Necessary Supplies and Where to Find Them

In this lesson, you'll learn what production supplies you'll need and how to find wholesale sources for them. We'll discuss cover containers, soil, fertilizer, and labels. Then we'll talk about why it's important to keep track of your expenses for tax purposes.

Plant Propagation Methods

Starting new plants is one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences for gardeners and nurseryman alike. The process of starting new plants is called propagation. In this lesson, we'll focus on the three major methods used in nursery production: propagation by seed, cuttings, and division.

Reduce Your Growing Time: Buy Plants from Other Growers

In this lesson, we'll teach you the most valuable lesson we've learned in this business: How to reduce the waiting time involved in growing plant material. You'll learn what types of starter plants are available and how to find wholesale sources. We'll also offer some valuable guidelines to help you decide what to grow. Then we'll talk about how to find additional sources of information and business networking opportunities through nurserymen associations and trade shows.

Growing Annuals (Including Vegetables, Herbs, and Bulbs)

In this lesson, we'll focus on growing annual flowers and bulbs, paying special attention to market timing. You'll learn how to create high-value items such as color bowls and hanging baskets. Then we'll discuss vegetable starter plants and herbs. Specializing in organic growing will help you tap into a lucrative area of the nursery trade, so we'll fill you in on all you need to know about organic growing and certification.

Growing Perennials

In this lesson, we'll focus on one of the hottest topics in gardening: The particular group of non-woody plants that nurseries call “perennials.” You'll become familiar not only with the favorites, but with the wide variety of perennials available. Then we'll go over some detailed information about specific perennials, including how to grow them and how to time them for market.

Growing Shrubs, Roses, and Vines

Today we'll talk about woody plants--such as shrubs and vines--that form the more permanent plantings in a landscape. We'll pay particular attention to roses because they're among the most beautiful and profitable shrubs. In addition, you'll learn how to grow small fruiting shrubs and vines for specialty markets.

Growing Various Trees in Sizes from #1s to #15s

Trees may be the largest members of the plant kingdom, but they're also among the easiest and most profitable to grow. In this lesson, you'll not only learn how to propagate landscape trees, but how to greatly shorten their growing time by buying bare-root seedlings and finished bare-roots. We'll complete the lesson with a discussion on fruiting and flowering trees.

Producing a Quality Plant

Whether you're growing plants for fun or profit, you'll want to produce quality plant material. In this lesson, we'll provide guidelines for quality standards. You'll learn about pruning, staking, and training plants into special shapes and forms. We'll also talk about methods you can use to ward off diseases and pests.

Wholesale Marketing

If you're like most gardeners, growing plants is the easy part—marketing is the real challenge! In this lesson, we'll begin with a discussion on wholesale marketing. You'll learn all you need to know to do business with discount chain stores, local retailers, and landscapers. Then we'll explore consignment selling, contract growing, and business-to-business Internet options.

Retail Marketing

In our final lesson, we'll discuss retail marketing, or taking your product directly to the public. You'll learn how to advertise inexpensively and effectively so you're not just growing plants, you're growing your business! We'll explain what you'll need to know to sell your plants from your home or garage sales, certified farmers markets, and flea markets. Then we'll discuss selling your plants to government or public agencies.

Course 5 - Nutrition, Chronic Disease, and Health Promotion

  • The Politics of Food
  • Hunger and Malnutrition
  • Genetically Engineered Foods 
  • Food and Mood: What's the Connection? 
  • Foodborne Diseases 
  • How Safe Is Your Water? 
  • Nutrition, Toxins, and Chronic Disease

Course 6 - Starting Your Own Business in Health and Healing

  • Starting Your Own Business in Holistic and Integrative Health: Preparing for the Change
  • Choosing the Business Structure for Your Health and Wellness Business
  • Creating a Business Plan for Your Health and Wellness Business    
  • Financing Your Business in Health and Wellness
  • Marketing Your Health and Wellness Business
  • Secrets of Successful Healthcare Entrepreneurs

Course 7 - Holistic and Integrative Health

  • Holistic Stress Management
  • Health and the Human Spirit
  • Energy Healing
  • Healing Elements of Meditation
  • Place and Space: Healing Environments
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine: an Ancient Approach to Healing
  • Ayurvedic Medicine: Ancient Foundations of Health Care
  • Humor and Health

Course 8 - Introduction to Natural Health and Healing

The Meaning of Health and the Nature of Healing
In our first lesson, I'll introduce you to the principles of natural healing and we'll discuss the various stages of health and illness. You'll begin to understand that true health means wholeness of the mind, body, and spirit. You'll put together a personal health journal that will help you self-evaluate your current lifestyle. Throughout the course, you'll be able to use this to observe how your behaviors can affect your health.
 
Naturopathy
Today you'll learn all about naturopathy and its basic philosophy—seeking ways to help your body to heal itself. Then I'll teach you a valuable breathing technique that can enhance your heath. Finally, you'll learn the value of hydrotherapy, diet, biorhythms, and fasting.
 
The Powers of the Mind
We'll explore ways to use the power of the mind and the placebo effect in this lesson. You'll begin to understand the power that your mind can have in healing your body. We'll talk about brain function tests, visualization, and relaxation therapies. Then you'll discover the power of belief.
 
The Basics of Nutrition
This lesson will teach you to look at nutrition and its healing effects. We'll explore basic nutrients, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and free radicals. You'll learn what basic requirement you need to promote a healthy diet. Then you'll learn how to develop menus to improve your health.
 
Understanding Herbs
In this lesson, we'll briefly explore the history of herbal healing. You'll have the opportunity to identify the most popular herbs and learn ways to prepare herbal mixtures. Then we'll explore herbal charts to help you to understand some of the most beneficial herbal remedies.
 
Aromatherapy
Today, we'll explore aromatherapy. You'll not only learn about its benefits, but also how to blend oils for medicinal uses. You'll discover how to make and use poultices, compresses, tinctures, and infusions. We'll also go over some essential oil charts to help you create wonderful blends.
 
Body Therapies
Today, you'll discover the wonders of body therapies as we explore many of the most popular therapies and their benefits. We'll discuss massage techniques, osteopathy, chiropractic, T'ai Chi, reflexology, and yoga. You'll discover why the main theme of body therapies is to regain and maintain balance and well-being.
 
Using Natural Healing Energies
In this lesson, you'll learn all about natural energy fields. We'll discuss how energy can be manipulated using magnets, TENS, Feng Shui, and Therapeutic Touch. You'll learn how to center your consciousness, and you'll have the opportunity to try energy modulation. You'll even find out how to feel your own energy between your hands!
 
Your Health and Your Environment
Today, we'll talk about how to identify pollutants in your environment. We'll discuss indoor pollutants and ways to clean indoor air. We'll talk about methods to purify your drinking water and allergy proof your indoor spaces. This lesson will help you gain an understanding of the relationship between your immune system and the health of your surroundings.
 
Natural First Aid for Minor Injuries
In today's lesson, you'll discover how to use natural remedies for common emergencies, illnesses and injuries. Some of the topics we'll discuss include treatments for cuts, bruises, fractures, burns, breathing emergencies, fainting, and travel illnesses.
 
Light, Sound, and Color Therapy
In this lesson, you'll begin to understand the effect that light, color, and music can have on your mood and behavior. You'll learn how to heal and relax by using practical applications of these therapies. You'll be able to use energies that are inherent in light, color, and sound to improve your overall well-being. We'll also discuss using chakras and colored light in healing.
 
Using the Mind, Body, and Spirit to Heal
In our final lesson, you'll continue to learn how physical, emotional, and spiritual factors make up your whole being. You'll begin to understand the impact that these three sectors of your life can have on your stress level and healing rate. Once you make that connection, you'll begin to take charge of your own health and healing! We'll finish up with a discussion on what to expect when going to a natural heath therapist.

Course 9 - Instant Italian

Basic Greetings

In this first lesson, you'll discover that, despite the Italian peninsula's long and rich history, Italy is actually a relatively young nation—much younger than the United States, for example. You'll also learn that many Italian words have been adopted into English, including many that you might say or hear on a regular basis—and not just spaghetti, pizza, and biscotti. You'll also be pleased to learn that there are many cognates in Italian. Cognates are words that share the same origin with English words, which makes them very easy for you to recognize and master. By the time you finish this lesson, you'll also know how to greet others properly and introduce yourself in Italian.

Alphabet and Pronunciation

In our second lesson, we'll explore the Italian alphabet and phonetics. You'll learn all 21 letters of the Italian alphabet, along with the various sounds they make, whether alone or in combination with one or more other letters. In addition, you'll learn five letters that Italian borrows for writing and speaking words that originated in other languages. With the tools you'll gain in this lesson (and some practice), you'll be able to read and correctly pronounce virtually all words and phrases in Italian.

Language Essentials

Today, we'll discuss why, unlike in English, the names of places and things have gender in Italian. That's right, all nouns—even inanimate objects—are either masculine or feminine. You'll also learn that to pluralize nouns in Italian, you don't add "s" or "es" at the end of the word. Instead, you'll simply change the final vowel. For example, "one spaghetti noodle" is "spaghetti-o," while "spaghetti noodles" is "spaghetti-i." You'll also discover eight ways to say the word "the" in Italian. By the end of this lesson, you'll have a good grasp on some fundamental parts of speech, making it that much easier to put them together and use them.

Verb To Be in Everyday Use

In this lesson, you'll continue exploring some basic elements of the Italian language.

Getting Around Town

While visiting Italy's many spectacular sites, you'll want to be able to ask for assistance. In this lesson, you'll learn to ask and give directions to places, making it easier for you to navigate the country's many historic cities and towns. By the time you reach the end of this lesson, you'll know how to say "to the right," "to the left," and "straight ahead." You will also know how to ask whether a location is nearby or far away. In addition to all the practical navigating skills you'll gain in this lesson, you'll also increase your understanding of Italian culture by learning several ways Italians greet one another.

Numbers 1 - 100

Numbers are handy in many daily situations, and in this lesson, you'll learn the numbers 1 through 100. You'll explore ways you can put these numbers to practical use by asking and stating phone numbers, addresses, and bill totals. You'll even visit an Italian bar or caffè and learn to order breakfast. At the end of this lesson, you'll be able to discuss telephone numbers and addresses, ask and say how much things cost at the bar, and how and where to pay for them.

Check the Calendar

In this lesson, you'll explore the calendar, learning to ask about and express days and dates. You'll learn some helpful techniques that make remembering the days of the week and the months of the year much easier. We'll also go over two key verbs—"avere" and "fare." Both verbs are especially helpful when discussing the weather. By the end of Lesson 7, you'll be able to talk about days and dates, and to ask about and describe the weather.

Telling Time, Schedules and Transportation

Today, you'll apply the numbers knowledge you gained in Lesson 6 and 7 to the clock and schedules. You'll learn to ask and tell the time, and to ask and express key time-relate terms, such as "when," "early," and "late." You'll continue learning about Italian culture, and find out how important labor strikes are in Italy. Because strikes often impact travel, you'll learn how to ask when they'll begin and when they'll end. All of these things should help put you more at ease while traveling. By the end of the lesson, you'll know how to tell time and read business schedules in Italian.

Navigating Italian Shops

Do you plan to make some purchases while in Italy, or take a train, boat, or bus? We'll go over how to handle these situations in today's lesson. You'll learn the vocabulary and phrases you need to discuss items such as transportation tickets and their prices. You'll learn to use the always-handy expression "vorrei"¬¬—which means "I would like..."—to request information or items. By the end of this lesson, you'll know how ask about and purchase train, boat, or bus tickets, ask about prices and make purchases, and even rent a vehicle while in Italy.

Lodging and Accommodations

Even before you arrive in Italy, you'll probably need to discuss and book your accommodations, and we'll explore how to do just that in today's lesson. You'll learn to describe the kind of room you're looking for, and ask about availability. By combining new vocabulary with elements you've learned in previous lessons, you'll be able to ask very specific questions about your lodging. You'll know how to confirm whether your room has air conditioning and Internet service, and if the price includes breakfast. You'll practice making a phone call to a hotel to ensure you can book your accommodations long before you arrive at your destination.

Emergency Situations and Health Concerns

In this lesson, we'll go over something really important: How to ask for help—"aiuto" [ah-YOO-toh]—in any situation. More specifically, you'll learn to describe health and medical concerns to a pharmacist or doctor. You'll practice an authentic dialogue with each to help put you at ease while you're in Italy. You'll also learn to ask others to help you by calling the police or an ambulance. By the time you finish this lesson, you'll be able to handle virtually any emergency situation in Italian.

Dining Out

Italy's world-renowned cuisine is as important as its many historical monuments (some might say it's even more important!). In our final lesson, you'll become well-versed in the various types of eateries in Italy, the types of meals you can expect to find in them, and how meals are typically served. You'll practice using all the vocabulary you'll need to order food, whether it's a snack in un bar or an entire four-course meal in una trattoria. You'll learn how to ask about typical regional or local specialties, and how to say that you'd like to try a particular wine or dish. When you reach the end of this lesson, you'll be fully prepared to order a meal at any Italian eatery.

Course 10 - Learn How to Lose Weight and Keep It Off

Food Records: The Secret to Successful Weight Loss

You guessed it! This course is going to help you lose weight and keep it off by teaching you healthy, proven techniques for weight loss that you can personalize and begin using immediately. In this first lesson, you'll take a crucial step toward your weight-loss goals by keeping a record of what you eat and drink. We'll explore how easy it is to weigh and measure your food in order to track calories and portion size. You'll also learn to distinguish between low-fat and high-fat food preparation methods (a great skill to have when you're eating out). And you'll discover how to use your hands to guesstimate and manage portion sizes when you just don't have the option to weigh and measure your food.

Assess Your Body and Set SMART Goals

You've established a food record to help you keep tabs on what you're eating and drinking. Now it's time to figure out how what you eat relates to your body. Today you'll discover how body type relates to health and weight management, and you'll use interactive tools to calculate your body mass index, waist-to-hip ratio, and personal daily calorie estimation. With all of this information in hand, you'll be ready to develop your own SMART goals for weight loss and weight maintenance—goals that are sensible, measureable, achievable, realistic, and time-oriented.

Take Nutrition to the Next Level

Now that you've learned how to develop SMART goals, it's time to delve into the finer details of food composition, meal planning, and meal timing. In this lesson, you'll find out what's in the food you're eating and how to use that information to plan meals and snacks that support your weight-loss goals. You'll also learn how to time meals so that you're less hungry between meals—and have more energy!

Exercise Is King

Time to get motivated to move! Today you'll learn the differences between cardiorespiratory exercise, strength training, and lifestyle activity. You'll also find out why and how much of each type of exercise supports weight management. We'll talk about easy ways to make exercise work when you don't have a lot of extra time, and we'll explore the common (but frustrating!) obstacles to exercise. By the end of the lesson, you'll be developing your own SMART exercise goals.

The Importance of Being Hydrated

Water plays a role in countless body functions, including weight loss. Increasing water intake can be an inexpensive, easy way to maximize fat metabolism, slow digestion, and discourage your appetite! In this lesson, we'll discuss the role of water in weight management. You'll learn how much water is enough, and discover how to determine how much water you lose during exercise. You'll also uncover tips and tricks for overcoming obstacles to good hydration.

Don't Worry, Be Healthy!

Stress has a variety of negative effects on weight management. The hormones your body releases when you feel stressed wreak havoc on your appetite, encourage the storage of abdominal fat, and ramp up the formation of fat. Today we'll unravel the influences of stress on weight, and you'll discover how to use stress management techniques to minimize or even eliminate the effects of stress. Because eating to self-nurture is a challenge for many people, we'll spend some time examining the connection between food and love, and we'll talk about how to self-nurture without sacrificing your weight-management goals.

You Are What You Think

Are your thoughts getting in the way of reaching your SMART goals? In this lesson, you'll discover how emotional eating and the way you think about your body affect your ability to follow through on healthy choices. We'll talk about 10 cognitive traps to watch out for, and you'll learn 10 cognitive tools you can use to overcome unhelpful thought patterns. As you discover more about motives, you'll see how you can put them to work to reach your weight-management goals.

Sleep, Slimness, and You

A good night's sleep is a crucial part of your successful weight-management plan. Today you'll learn how sleep deprivation interferes with metabolism, encourages cravings, and increases your appetite. We'll problem-solve for ways to get more sleep, and we'll discuss how you can stay on track with your SMART goals even when you haven't had enough rest.

Eating In, Eating Out

Eating out can make maintaining or losing weight so much more challenging. But, actually, with preparation and some strategies for making healthy food choices, you'll find that eating out doesn't have to wreak havoc with your SMART goals. In this lesson, you'll begin by learning how to stick with your SMART goals when you're eating out. After that, we'll explore how to make preparing food at home easy, quick, and healthy for you and your family. Then, we'll wrap things up by discussing techniques you can use to keep your SMART goals in focus, even in social situations.

Take Exercise to the Next Level

Whether you're an exercise newbie or a seasoned athlete, you need to change up your exercise routine from time to time. In this lesson, you'll discover how and why to do just that! You'll see how FITT principles, cross-training, exercise lite, and other techniques can help you develop and improve your workouts. Because your thoughts affect your actions and feelings, too, you'll learn how to become your own cheerleader in ways that make exercise easier, more effective, and fun.

Put It All Together

Do you suspect your genes are making it hard for you to lose weight? Have you noticed changes in your body as you've gotten older, had a baby, or entered perimenopause? In this lesson, you'll learn how genetics and life changes can affect weight management, and you'll discover how to successfully manage your weight during these life stages. You'll also discover when and how to satisfy food cravings without abandoning your SMART weight-management goals—and when and how to enjoy the high-calorie foods you really love!

Stay on Track for a Lifetime

In this lesson, we'll discuss methods for determining your personal ideal weight, and we'll explore how to shift from weight loss to weight maintenance once you've achieved it. Maintaining weight can be a lot easier than losing it if you get into the maintenance mindset, so we'll talk about the importance of using self-monitoring and self-motivation tools to stay aware and enthusiastic about the choices you're making that influence your weight. You'll learn how to put your assertive communication tools to work in the social situations you're likely to encounter, and you'll discover how seeing things differently once you're in the maintenance mindset can make it easier to stick with your SMART weight-management goals. And because scientific research is constantly changing, you'll learn the basics of evaluating research. When the next diet craze hits, you'll be able to determine if it's right for you. By the end of this lesson—and this course—you'll have the know-how to help you enjoy weight loss for a lifetime.

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet. 

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

About this Course

Get Secrets of the Caterer, Food, Nutrition, and Health, Starting A Vegetable Garden, Growing Plants for Fun and Profit, Nutrition, Chronic Disease, and Health Promotion, Starting Your Own Business in Health and Healing, Holistic and Integrative Health, Introduction to Natural Health and Healing, Instant Italian and Learn How to Lose Weight and Keep It Off in this Bundle

1. Secrets of the Caterer: Learn the secrets of the caterer

Learn the fundamentals of the catering business, how to cook for large crowds, organize your kitchen, manage your time, and work with clients. The Certificate in Secrets of the Caterer Online Course focuses on cooking skills every caterer needs, with an introduction to the business side of catering.

You'll also receive many unique and tested recipes that you can use to jump-start your business. Build your catering skills  with enrollment in one of our best cooking courses and begin a new and exciting career today.

2. Food, Nutrition, and Health: Become more conscious of what you eat!

Food and nutrition have a profound impact on our health and well-being, yet many of us are not aware of what foods to eat, which diets are healthy, and where our food originates. The goal of this certificate program is to provide a holistic overview of current food and nutrition issues and their impact on physical, social, emotional, and spiritual health.

Throughout this certificate, you'll become more conscious of what we eat, why we eat it, how it is prepared, and what consequences our food choices have on our health as well as the health of our planet. You'll examine the impact of stress on the body and the health crisis posed by obesity in the U.S. You'll also learn how we can change our eating habits for more healthful outcomes, including swapping processed sugar for other sweeteners, adding probiotics to the diet, and harnessing the healing effect of herbs.

Ultimately, you'll gain insight into how food interacts with our bodies on multiple levels—physical, mental-emotional, and spiritual—as well as the impact it has globally. This certificate is designed for individuals who are working in the health care field and those who are interested in the topic.

3. Starting A Vegetable Garden: Learn how to give your garden a healthy start and keep it growing strong all season

Grow delicious, nutritious fruit and vegetables in your own backyard! In this course, you'll learn how to give your garden a healthy start and keep it growing strong all season.

You'll begin by figuring out which type of garden is right for you. Not everyone has the same amount of time, space, or sunshine, so the first step to a great harvest is selecting the right crops. You'll explore climate considerations, learn how to read a zone hardiness map, and find out how to spot a micro-climate in your yard.

After that, you'll discover how to properly prepare a garden bed so your crops have the best opportunity to thrive. Since healthy soil is the key to a great garden, you'll see how to identify problems in pH and drainage and fix them. You'll even learn to understand fertilizers and make compost!

Along the way, you'll delve into the variety of crops you can select: leafy greens, root vegetables, fruit, herbs, and more. Each type of crop has specific needs, so you'll get tips on starting seeds, transplanting, pruning, and using container gardens and support structures. In addition, you'll learn what to watch out for so you can spot pests and diseases before they destroy your bounty. And you'll take the guesswork out of watering your garden as you explore a variety of irrigation options.

Whether you want to provide your family with nutritious food, save money, get some exercise, or just be more self-sufficient, this course will give you the skills and knowledge you need to be on your way to a successful harvest.

4. Growing Plants for Fun and Profit: Turn your love of plants into profitable business

Turn your love of plants into an enjoyable and profitable home business. Learn how to grow and market plants on a small scale without major capital investment. In an area as small as 1000 sq. ft., you can generate thousands of dollars worth of plant material in a single growing season. This course is your practical guide to licensing, site preparation, equipment, how and where to find supplies, how to select and produce plants appropriate to your climate zone, how to produce quality material and, most importantly, how to market your product.

5. Nutrition, Chronic Disease, and Health Promotion: Gain an understanding the role food and water play in health

(12 contact hours) Nutrition is a major determinant of health as well as a factor in many common chronic diseases. In this certificate program, you'll gain an understanding the role food and water play in health, and see how making appropriate changes in one's diet can have powerful effects on health throughout life.

You'll examine how the burden of chronic diseases is rapidly increasing worldwide as traditional, largely plant-based diets are being replaced by high-fat, energy-dense diets with a substantial content of animal-based foods.

You'll also explore the relationship between nutrition and disease. Consumers and health-care providers alike must understand this relationship so they can choose quality foods that support optimal health.

This certificate addresses these issues and more and provides a solid foundation of for both health care professionals and those wishing to enter the fields of nutrition, health promotion, and lifestyle and wellness coaching.

6. Starting Your Own Business in Health and Healing: Learn how to make your dreams of building a health-related business a reality

Have you dreamed of creating your own business in health and wellness? Becoming an entrepreneur in this growing field can provide you with independence, flexibility, personal fulfillment, control over your own life, and incredible financial rewards. In this innovative program, you'll learn how to make your dreams of building a health-related business a reality.

This program will guide you through the steps to building your own business. You'll explore the different options for creating your business and learn how to develop a successful business plan that reflects your vision and allows you to compete in your target market. You'll gain information about financing your business, and see how to create an effective marketing strategy to help ensure your success.

You'll also examine the secrets of successful entrepreneurs. Throughout the program, you'll get access to sample documents and worksheets. By the end, you'll have virtually everything you need to embark on creating your own health and wellness business.

7. Holistic and Integrative Health: Learn the fundamentals of this person-centered and person-empowered approach to health care

Increasingly, today's consumers are seeking health care providers who focus on wellness and natural healing. As a result, the exciting and rewarding field of integrative health is growing rapidly.

In this 12-lesson Certificate in Holistic and Integrative Health program, designed for both health care professionals and consumers, you'll learn the fundamentals of this person-centered and person-empowered approach to health care. You'll cover topics including holistic stress management, health and the human spirit, energy healing, elements of meditation, healing environments, Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, humor and health, music therapy and sound healing, nutrition, therapeutic massage and bodywork, and healing effects of physical activity.

As you explore the diverse systems that fall under the umbrella of integrative health, you'll gain an awareness of the philosophies of health and healing that unite all of these systems. You'll discover the benefits of emphasizing wellness, building a strong relationship between provider and client, promoting self-healing, and using nutritional approaches and other natural healing techniques. Above all, you'll gain a new respect for human individuality and the healing power of the integrative health approach.

8. Introduction to Natural Health and Healing: Learn Introduction to Natural Health and Healing

We'll discuss the various stages of health and illness, and you'll discover that true health means wholeness of the mind, body, and spirit.

You'll start a personal health journal to evaluate your current lifestyle and observe how your behaviors can affect your health. We'll also explore naturopathy, which seeks ways for the body to heal itself.

You'll find out about proper breathing techniques that enhance health, and you'll learn the value of hydrotherapy, diet, biorhythms, and fasting. We'll also examine using the power of the mind for healing the body--discussing brain function tests, visualization, and relaxation therapies. You'll see the great power of belief. Then we'll delve into vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, free radicals, and the basic requirements that constitute a healthy diet. After our talk, you'll be able to develop menus that improve health.

We'll also look at herbal healing, aromatherapy, body therapies, massage techniques, osteopathy, chiropractic, T'ai Chi, reflexology, yoga, Feng Shui, therapeutic touch, natural remedies for common emergencies, and much more. By the end of this Certificate in Introduction to Natural Health and Healing Online Course, you'll have begun taking charge of your own health and healing!

Would you like to learn more about natural health but don't know where to start? If so, then this is the course for you!

9. Instant Italian: Learn instant Italian

You'll learn practical, everyday words and phrases that will make your stay in Italy more enjoyable. You'll read, hear, and practice dialogues based on typical situations that you're likely to encounter while staying in Italy. The dialogues and follow-up exercises of each lesson will teach you to communicate in Italian in a wide variety of settings. You'll be surprised by how quickly and easily you can learn many useful expressions in Italian! 

This Certificate in Instant Italian Online Course also makes it simple to master your pronunciation of Italian. Essential words and phrases are written phonetically by using sounds that are familiar to you from English words. The course audio feature lets you hear the words and phrases spoken aloud with just a click of your mouse. Short exercises are included with each lesson to help you reinforce what you've learned and gauge your progress, making it easy to pinpoint areas that you still need to review. The exercises also give you immediate feedback—you'll know whether you answered correctly as soon as you finish. 

By the end of the second lesson, you'll have learned about the Italian language's impact on the world, the Italian alphabet, phonetics, and pronunciation, proper forms of address, expressions of courtesy, and how to make introductions. When you reach your final lesson, you'll know how to ask for help, ask directions, navigate Italian shops, book a hotel room, order a meal, and much more! Cultural notes are included throughout the course to help you better understand Italians and their way of life. You'll also learn what various gestures mean to Italians, which ones to use, and those you should avoid. 

This course will convince you that learning a language is both fun and rewarding. You'll be pleased at how quickly this course helps you build your skills, and prepares you for your next adventure in Italia.

10. Learn How to Lose Weight and Keep It Off: Establish a healthy approach to successful weight loss.

Do you want to lose weight and keep it off? Now you can! In this comprehensive Certificate in Learn How to Lose Weight and Keep It Off Online Course, you'll discover how to establish a healthy approach to weight loss and weight maintenance. You'll master how to set and achieve weight-loss and weight-maintenance goals that make sense for you. 

Naturally, we'll begin with a discussion of the role of food in weight loss and weight maintenance. But we'll talk about far more than calories. From understanding food composition, portion sizes, and preparation methods, to meal composition and meal timing, you'll learn food basics—and beyond! You'll discover how to eat out without jeopardizing your weight loss or disappointing your taste buds. We'll also discuss the basics of planning and preparing meals at home, and uncover tips and tricks for navigating the social elements of eating. 

You may already appreciate that exercise is part of successful weight loss and weight maintenance. You may even know the differences between cardiorespiratory exercise, strength training, and lifestyle activity. We'll review these terms, and more important, discuss how to find exercise and activity that's enjoyable and helps you meet your weight-loss and weight-maintenance goals. You'll also discover how to take exercise to the next level and uncover thought patterns that negatively affect exercise and activity. Then we'll identify ways to overcome the challenges to regular exercise and activity. 

We'll determine the role of hydration in weight loss and explore how to overcome obstacles to good hydration. You'll see how your thoughts affect your weight and evaluate the role of body image, emotional eating, and more in your own life. We'll examine how important sleep is in weight loss, and you'll learn how to get better sleep and cope effectively with sleeplessness. 

We'll also probe the effects of stress on the body relative to weight and how to apply stress management techniques for weight loss and weight maintenance. You'll determine how other factors that affect weight, like genetics, pregnancy, menopause, aging, and cravings may be affecting your weight loss efforts—and learn practical strategies you can use to minimize their effects.

And since you don't want to lose weight only to gain it back again, we'll determine the differences between weight loss and weight maintenance, and see how to master the obstacles to weight maintenance. By the end of this course, you'll know how to set appropriate and effective goals for eating, exercise, and many other elements that affect your weight. You'll have the skills you need to lose weight and keep it off for a lifetime!

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This is an incredible opportunity to invest in yourself and your future, sharpen your training skills and learn what it takes to create your own success with Courses For Success Today!

Course Fast Facts:

  1. This course is delivered 100% on-line and is accessible 24/7 from any computer or smartphone
  2. Instructors lead each course and you will be able to interact with them and ask questions
  3. You can study from home or at work at your own pace in your own time
  4. You can download printer friendly course material or save for viewing off line
  5. You will be awarded a certificate at completion of this course

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Recognition & Accreditation

All students who complete each course receive a certificate of completion per course, with a passing score (for the online assessment) and will be issued a certificate via email.

Secrets of the Caterer 10 Course Bundle includes the following courses, below is a summary of each course: 

Course 1 - Secrets of the Caterer

Getting Started

Have you dreamed of having fun and making money while cooking delicious food? Well, dream no more! Today we're going to learn all about the wonderful world of catering. You'll find out what the catering business is really like. We'll look into the ups and downs of having a home-based business. You'll get to explore your personal skill set. And finally, you'll do some cooking.

Quality Ingredients

Chefs often say that the key to great cooking is using quality ingredients. But what exactly are quality ingredients any way? After today, you'll know what they are and how to choose them. You'll also learn how to build your personal pantry so that you always have the right tools on hand for any kind of catering activity. And you'll get what every caterer needs: several exciting and delicious recipes.

Preparing Beautiful Food

Since we're first attracted to food with our eyes, delicious food also needs to be beautiful. In this lesson, you'll discover techniques for making any dish visually attractive. You'll learn how to arrange and present food in creative ways. You'll find out about easy and effective garnishes and how to work with them. And then you'll get to practice your new skills with several recipes.

Appetizers

Appetizers and hors d' oeuvres are an important part of any catered meal. So in this lesson, you'll learn how to pair appetizers and hors d' oeuvres with entrées. You'll see how to make them attractive and how to present them to your guests. And last, but not least, you'll get several tried-and-true appetizers and hors d' oeuvres recipes.

Main Courses

Today you'll learn the secrets caterers use to prepare delicious main courses. You'll find out how to choose the best main course, select the right ingredients for them, and serve them to your guests. And you'll have the opportunity to prepare several main courses.

Delicious Desserts

From brownies to cheesecake, everyone loves dessert! So today we'll explore different kinds of desserts and how to choose the right one for your event. You'll learn a number of dessert-making secrets and you'll have an opportunity to prepare several of them.

Beverages

Drinks are an important part of any meal. As a caterer, you'll always want to serve beverages that are refreshing and unique. So in this lesson, you'll learn all about teas, coffees, and punches. You'll get delicious recipes you can try and you'll see how to garnish drinks for that extra special touch.

Serving It Up: Presentation

Stemware, flatware, dishes, oh my! Don't worry: serving dishes don't have to be cause for great concern. With just a few tips and tricks under your belt, you'll learn how to choose the best serving dishes and flatware for any occasion. Today you'll see how to keep things practical, but still make everything beautiful. You'll also learn how to formally arrange flatware for any occasion. And of course, you'll get more recipes.

Condiments and Sides

Condiments and sides are a critical part of a great meal. They can also be a big headache. But with the skills you'll learn today, you'll be able to provide condiments and sides without any fuss. You'll find out how to serve them easily, safely, and without a bunch of problems.

Event and Menu Planning: Make it Special

Menu planning may seem a bit overwhelming. After all, combining the right items with the right event can be difficult. But you can master this planning skill! In this lesson, you'll learn to create the perfect menu for the perfect event. You'll see how you can manage menu items and keep your menu from becoming boring or too complicated. You'll even find a number of sample menus and recipes you can use for your events.

Managing the Business of Catering

Since catering is a business, you'll need to manage expenses and turn a profit. Today, we'll cover managing the business of catering. You'll learn how to price menus, figure profit, track your income and expenses, create contracts, and arrive at a healthy bottom line. You'll also find out how to set personal boundaries and take care of yourself so that your catering business doesn't overwhelm your life.

Your First Catering Event

In this lesson, we'll walk through a day in the life of a caterer. You'll see how to work with your client, how to help your client choose the right food, and how to get a signed contract and down payment. Next, you'll discover how to organize your time, plan the event, and deliver your first job with great success. Using what you learn today, you'll be able to plan and complete your first catering job!

Course 2 - Food, Nutrition, and Health

  • Nutrition and Health—What's the Connection?
  • Nutrition, Stress, and Immune Function
  • Obesity in America— A Public Health Epidemic
  • Current Issues in Nutrition
  • Spiritual Nutrition—The Global Consequences of Food Choices
  • Food Labels—Deciphering the Mysteries    
  • Botanicals, Herbs, and Herbalism
  • Natural Sweeteners—Healthy Options for Your Sweet Tooth    
  • Probiotics—Silent Partners in Health

Course 3 - Starting A Vegetable Garden

Why Grow Your Own Garden?
In this first lesson, we'll begin by discussing the many great benefits of growing your own food. You’ll discover why food from your garden is likely to have more nutrients than the food you can purchase from the grocery store, and we'll talk about ways to keep your costs down and options for designing your garden beds. By the end of this lesson, you'll be prepped and ready to begin planning your own edible garden!
    
What Should You Grow in Your Garden?
Not sure what you want to plant in your garden? That's good! Because there are lots of practical considerations that you should be aware of before you make that decision. Considerations such as personal taste, time, space, and the local climate will all impact your plant selection. Today, we'll discuss what you need to think about before planning your garden, and you'll start to learn the basics about climate zones and the types of plants that grow well in your area.
    
Preparing Your Garden
In this lesson, we'll look at strategies to keep your garden looking as good as it tastes! We'll begin by considering layout, style, flowers, and all of the little extras that make your garden unique. Then, you'll learn how to prepare your containers, raised beds, and in-ground gardens. We'll walk through the steps of placing, measuring, and building your garden to give your plants a healthy place to grow and thrive. We'll look at some time-saving tips and discuss when you should begin preparation and what method might be best for your garden.
    
Your Garden Soil
A whole lesson devoted to soil! Don't worry—this is actually much more interesting than it sounds. And what you learn today will prepare you to create the perfect foundation for your edible garden. We're examining soil up front, because you'll need to have a good understanding of your garden soil before you begin planting the delicious crops we'll discuss in the upcoming lessons. Today, we'll discuss your unique soil type. You'll find out about the drainage, pH, and nutrients in your soil. And you'll learn about soil amendments to create healthy soil that will nourish your garden.
    
Leafy Greens
Leafy greens are easy to grow, but they can get bitter if you aren't careful. In this lesson, you'll learn how to keep your leafy greens healthy and delicious. We'll start with an introduction to some of the varieties you can find and the benefits of each. Then, we'll look at important topics that affect your leafy greens, like bolting and slugs. Finally, you'll learn a technique to extend your growing season that can be applied to lots of vegetables, not just greens—starting your seeds indoors!
    
Root Vegetables
In today's lesson, we'll discover the vegetables that lie beneath the soil. We'll explore different types of these special veggies, including carrots, potatoes, and beets. You'll learn how to grow and harvest your crops. And finally, we'll discuss how to make the perfect seed bed for your root vegetables to flourish.
    
Vine and Bush Vegetables
In this lesson, we're going to take your garden up into the air by exploring vine and bush vegetables. You'll learn about lots of great edible options for adding height to your garden, including beans, peas, and tomatoes. We'll discuss important information about heirlooms and hybrids, as well as pests and diseases. Then, we'll explore the many ways that you can support your vertical vines as they grow up!

Fruits and Berries
Today's lesson will satisfy your sweet tooth as you learn about growing fruits and berries. We'll discuss some of your options like apples, grapes, and blueberries. Then, we'll cover the specifics of planting, pollination, and pests. And you'll also learn about the importance of pruning and how to make a proper cut.
    
Herbs
Today's lesson is all about herbs. You'll learn some specifics about herbs, like which ones are invasive and which ones need extra-deep containers to grow well. Then, we'll explore ways to harvest your herbs and still keep them producing. Finally, we'll go more in depth about how to grow crops indoors so you won't have to leave your kitchen to collect your harvest!
    
Irrigation and Your Garden
Watering has the potential to be one of the most time-consuming parts of caring for your garden. And it's often the part that beginning gardeners skimp on or overdo, resulting in a less-than-desirable crop. In this lesson, you'll learn about the various irrigation methods for different types of gardens, and we'll discuss the best approach for your edible garden.
    
Collecting Seeds and Preserving Your Harvest
Today, we're going to talk about ways to use your excess bounty so that it doesn't go to waste. You'll learn how to collect seeds from your crops, which seeds you should collect, and what to expect when you grow them next year. We'll also discuss ways to preserve the rest of your harvest through freezing, drying, canning, and pickling so that you can enjoy your surplus later.
    
End-of-Season Cleanup
Congratulations! You've grown a delicious, nutritious garden, and now it's time to put the garden down for the season. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to make sure your garden is properly prepared for the winter and how to get a head start for the spring. You'll also learn how to care for your tools so that your investment will last for many years.

Course 4 - Growing Plants for Fun and Profit

Making the Transition from Gardener to Nurseryman 

In our first lesson, you'll meet other gardeners who've successfully made the transition to nurserymen. You may be surprised to discover that, within the small space of a backyard, you can produce significant income by growing plants. You'll also learn what permits and licenses you may need as you get started.

Your Climate Considerations

Today, we'll take a close look at climate zone maps to help you figure out what plants will grow best in your region. Then we'll teach you easy ways to prepare your growing grounds. Finally, we'll show you ways to create inexpensive microclimates that will help you start your plants and expand the varieties you can grow.

Necessary Supplies and Where to Find Them

In this lesson, you'll learn what production supplies you'll need and how to find wholesale sources for them. We'll discuss cover containers, soil, fertilizer, and labels. Then we'll talk about why it's important to keep track of your expenses for tax purposes.

Plant Propagation Methods

Starting new plants is one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences for gardeners and nurseryman alike. The process of starting new plants is called propagation. In this lesson, we'll focus on the three major methods used in nursery production: propagation by seed, cuttings, and division.

Reduce Your Growing Time: Buy Plants from Other Growers

In this lesson, we'll teach you the most valuable lesson we've learned in this business: How to reduce the waiting time involved in growing plant material. You'll learn what types of starter plants are available and how to find wholesale sources. We'll also offer some valuable guidelines to help you decide what to grow. Then we'll talk about how to find additional sources of information and business networking opportunities through nurserymen associations and trade shows.

Growing Annuals (Including Vegetables, Herbs, and Bulbs)

In this lesson, we'll focus on growing annual flowers and bulbs, paying special attention to market timing. You'll learn how to create high-value items such as color bowls and hanging baskets. Then we'll discuss vegetable starter plants and herbs. Specializing in organic growing will help you tap into a lucrative area of the nursery trade, so we'll fill you in on all you need to know about organic growing and certification.

Growing Perennials

In this lesson, we'll focus on one of the hottest topics in gardening: The particular group of non-woody plants that nurseries call “perennials.” You'll become familiar not only with the favorites, but with the wide variety of perennials available. Then we'll go over some detailed information about specific perennials, including how to grow them and how to time them for market.

Growing Shrubs, Roses, and Vines

Today we'll talk about woody plants--such as shrubs and vines--that form the more permanent plantings in a landscape. We'll pay particular attention to roses because they're among the most beautiful and profitable shrubs. In addition, you'll learn how to grow small fruiting shrubs and vines for specialty markets.

Growing Various Trees in Sizes from #1s to #15s

Trees may be the largest members of the plant kingdom, but they're also among the easiest and most profitable to grow. In this lesson, you'll not only learn how to propagate landscape trees, but how to greatly shorten their growing time by buying bare-root seedlings and finished bare-roots. We'll complete the lesson with a discussion on fruiting and flowering trees.

Producing a Quality Plant

Whether you're growing plants for fun or profit, you'll want to produce quality plant material. In this lesson, we'll provide guidelines for quality standards. You'll learn about pruning, staking, and training plants into special shapes and forms. We'll also talk about methods you can use to ward off diseases and pests.

Wholesale Marketing

If you're like most gardeners, growing plants is the easy part—marketing is the real challenge! In this lesson, we'll begin with a discussion on wholesale marketing. You'll learn all you need to know to do business with discount chain stores, local retailers, and landscapers. Then we'll explore consignment selling, contract growing, and business-to-business Internet options.

Retail Marketing

In our final lesson, we'll discuss retail marketing, or taking your product directly to the public. You'll learn how to advertise inexpensively and effectively so you're not just growing plants, you're growing your business! We'll explain what you'll need to know to sell your plants from your home or garage sales, certified farmers markets, and flea markets. Then we'll discuss selling your plants to government or public agencies.

Course 5 - Nutrition, Chronic Disease, and Health Promotion

  • The Politics of Food
  • Hunger and Malnutrition
  • Genetically Engineered Foods 
  • Food and Mood: What's the Connection? 
  • Foodborne Diseases 
  • How Safe Is Your Water? 
  • Nutrition, Toxins, and Chronic Disease

Course 6 - Starting Your Own Business in Health and Healing

  • Starting Your Own Business in Holistic and Integrative Health: Preparing for the Change
  • Choosing the Business Structure for Your Health and Wellness Business
  • Creating a Business Plan for Your Health and Wellness Business    
  • Financing Your Business in Health and Wellness
  • Marketing Your Health and Wellness Business
  • Secrets of Successful Healthcare Entrepreneurs

Course 7 - Holistic and Integrative Health

  • Holistic Stress Management
  • Health and the Human Spirit
  • Energy Healing
  • Healing Elements of Meditation
  • Place and Space: Healing Environments
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine: an Ancient Approach to Healing
  • Ayurvedic Medicine: Ancient Foundations of Health Care
  • Humor and Health

Course 8 - Introduction to Natural Health and Healing

The Meaning of Health and the Nature of Healing
In our first lesson, I'll introduce you to the principles of natural healing and we'll discuss the various stages of health and illness. You'll begin to understand that true health means wholeness of the mind, body, and spirit. You'll put together a personal health journal that will help you self-evaluate your current lifestyle. Throughout the course, you'll be able to use this to observe how your behaviors can affect your health.
 
Naturopathy
Today you'll learn all about naturopathy and its basic philosophy—seeking ways to help your body to heal itself. Then I'll teach you a valuable breathing technique that can enhance your heath. Finally, you'll learn the value of hydrotherapy, diet, biorhythms, and fasting.
 
The Powers of the Mind
We'll explore ways to use the power of the mind and the placebo effect in this lesson. You'll begin to understand the power that your mind can have in healing your body. We'll talk about brain function tests, visualization, and relaxation therapies. Then you'll discover the power of belief.
 
The Basics of Nutrition
This lesson will teach you to look at nutrition and its healing effects. We'll explore basic nutrients, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and free radicals. You'll learn what basic requirement you need to promote a healthy diet. Then you'll learn how to develop menus to improve your health.
 
Understanding Herbs
In this lesson, we'll briefly explore the history of herbal healing. You'll have the opportunity to identify the most popular herbs and learn ways to prepare herbal mixtures. Then we'll explore herbal charts to help you to understand some of the most beneficial herbal remedies.
 
Aromatherapy
Today, we'll explore aromatherapy. You'll not only learn about its benefits, but also how to blend oils for medicinal uses. You'll discover how to make and use poultices, compresses, tinctures, and infusions. We'll also go over some essential oil charts to help you create wonderful blends.
 
Body Therapies
Today, you'll discover the wonders of body therapies as we explore many of the most popular therapies and their benefits. We'll discuss massage techniques, osteopathy, chiropractic, T'ai Chi, reflexology, and yoga. You'll discover why the main theme of body therapies is to regain and maintain balance and well-being.
 
Using Natural Healing Energies
In this lesson, you'll learn all about natural energy fields. We'll discuss how energy can be manipulated using magnets, TENS, Feng Shui, and Therapeutic Touch. You'll learn how to center your consciousness, and you'll have the opportunity to try energy modulation. You'll even find out how to feel your own energy between your hands!
 
Your Health and Your Environment
Today, we'll talk about how to identify pollutants in your environment. We'll discuss indoor pollutants and ways to clean indoor air. We'll talk about methods to purify your drinking water and allergy proof your indoor spaces. This lesson will help you gain an understanding of the relationship between your immune system and the health of your surroundings.
 
Natural First Aid for Minor Injuries
In today's lesson, you'll discover how to use natural remedies for common emergencies, illnesses and injuries. Some of the topics we'll discuss include treatments for cuts, bruises, fractures, burns, breathing emergencies, fainting, and travel illnesses.
 
Light, Sound, and Color Therapy
In this lesson, you'll begin to understand the effect that light, color, and music can have on your mood and behavior. You'll learn how to heal and relax by using practical applications of these therapies. You'll be able to use energies that are inherent in light, color, and sound to improve your overall well-being. We'll also discuss using chakras and colored light in healing.
 
Using the Mind, Body, and Spirit to Heal
In our final lesson, you'll continue to learn how physical, emotional, and spiritual factors make up your whole being. You'll begin to understand the impact that these three sectors of your life can have on your stress level and healing rate. Once you make that connection, you'll begin to take charge of your own health and healing! We'll finish up with a discussion on what to expect when going to a natural heath therapist.

Course 9 - Instant Italian

Basic Greetings

In this first lesson, you'll discover that, despite the Italian peninsula's long and rich history, Italy is actually a relatively young nation—much younger than the United States, for example. You'll also learn that many Italian words have been adopted into English, including many that you might say or hear on a regular basis—and not just spaghetti, pizza, and biscotti. You'll also be pleased to learn that there are many cognates in Italian. Cognates are words that share the same origin with English words, which makes them very easy for you to recognize and master. By the time you finish this lesson, you'll also know how to greet others properly and introduce yourself in Italian.

Alphabet and Pronunciation

In our second lesson, we'll explore the Italian alphabet and phonetics. You'll learn all 21 letters of the Italian alphabet, along with the various sounds they make, whether alone or in combination with one or more other letters. In addition, you'll learn five letters that Italian borrows for writing and speaking words that originated in other languages. With the tools you'll gain in this lesson (and some practice), you'll be able to read and correctly pronounce virtually all words and phrases in Italian.

Language Essentials

Today, we'll discuss why, unlike in English, the names of places and things have gender in Italian. That's right, all nouns—even inanimate objects—are either masculine or feminine. You'll also learn that to pluralize nouns in Italian, you don't add "s" or "es" at the end of the word. Instead, you'll simply change the final vowel. For example, "one spaghetti noodle" is "spaghetti-o," while "spaghetti noodles" is "spaghetti-i." You'll also discover eight ways to say the word "the" in Italian. By the end of this lesson, you'll have a good grasp on some fundamental parts of speech, making it that much easier to put them together and use them.

Verb To Be in Everyday Use

In this lesson, you'll continue exploring some basic elements of the Italian language.

Getting Around Town

While visiting Italy's many spectacular sites, you'll want to be able to ask for assistance. In this lesson, you'll learn to ask and give directions to places, making it easier for you to navigate the country's many historic cities and towns. By the time you reach the end of this lesson, you'll know how to say "to the right," "to the left," and "straight ahead." You will also know how to ask whether a location is nearby or far away. In addition to all the practical navigating skills you'll gain in this lesson, you'll also increase your understanding of Italian culture by learning several ways Italians greet one another.

Numbers 1 - 100

Numbers are handy in many daily situations, and in this lesson, you'll learn the numbers 1 through 100. You'll explore ways you can put these numbers to practical use by asking and stating phone numbers, addresses, and bill totals. You'll even visit an Italian bar or caffè and learn to order breakfast. At the end of this lesson, you'll be able to discuss telephone numbers and addresses, ask and say how much things cost at the bar, and how and where to pay for them.

Check the Calendar

In this lesson, you'll explore the calendar, learning to ask about and express days and dates. You'll learn some helpful techniques that make remembering the days of the week and the months of the year much easier. We'll also go over two key verbs—"avere" and "fare." Both verbs are especially helpful when discussing the weather. By the end of Lesson 7, you'll be able to talk about days and dates, and to ask about and describe the weather.

Telling Time, Schedules and Transportation

Today, you'll apply the numbers knowledge you gained in Lesson 6 and 7 to the clock and schedules. You'll learn to ask and tell the time, and to ask and express key time-relate terms, such as "when," "early," and "late." You'll continue learning about Italian culture, and find out how important labor strikes are in Italy. Because strikes often impact travel, you'll learn how to ask when they'll begin and when they'll end. All of these things should help put you more at ease while traveling. By the end of the lesson, you'll know how to tell time and read business schedules in Italian.

Navigating Italian Shops

Do you plan to make some purchases while in Italy, or take a train, boat, or bus? We'll go over how to handle these situations in today's lesson. You'll learn the vocabulary and phrases you need to discuss items such as transportation tickets and their prices. You'll learn to use the always-handy expression "vorrei"¬¬—which means "I would like..."—to request information or items. By the end of this lesson, you'll know how ask about and purchase train, boat, or bus tickets, ask about prices and make purchases, and even rent a vehicle while in Italy.

Lodging and Accommodations

Even before you arrive in Italy, you'll probably need to discuss and book your accommodations, and we'll explore how to do just that in today's lesson. You'll learn to describe the kind of room you're looking for, and ask about availability. By combining new vocabulary with elements you've learned in previous lessons, you'll be able to ask very specific questions about your lodging. You'll know how to confirm whether your room has air conditioning and Internet service, and if the price includes breakfast. You'll practice making a phone call to a hotel to ensure you can book your accommodations long before you arrive at your destination.

Emergency Situations and Health Concerns

In this lesson, we'll go over something really important: How to ask for help—"aiuto" [ah-YOO-toh]—in any situation. More specifically, you'll learn to describe health and medical concerns to a pharmacist or doctor. You'll practice an authentic dialogue with each to help put you at ease while you're in Italy. You'll also learn to ask others to help you by calling the police or an ambulance. By the time you finish this lesson, you'll be able to handle virtually any emergency situation in Italian.

Dining Out

Italy's world-renowned cuisine is as important as its many historical monuments (some might say it's even more important!). In our final lesson, you'll become well-versed in the various types of eateries in Italy, the types of meals you can expect to find in them, and how meals are typically served. You'll practice using all the vocabulary you'll need to order food, whether it's a snack in un bar or an entire four-course meal in una trattoria. You'll learn how to ask about typical regional or local specialties, and how to say that you'd like to try a particular wine or dish. When you reach the end of this lesson, you'll be fully prepared to order a meal at any Italian eatery.

Course 10 - Learn How to Lose Weight and Keep It Off

Food Records: The Secret to Successful Weight Loss

You guessed it! This course is going to help you lose weight and keep it off by teaching you healthy, proven techniques for weight loss that you can personalize and begin using immediately. In this first lesson, you'll take a crucial step toward your weight-loss goals by keeping a record of what you eat and drink. We'll explore how easy it is to weigh and measure your food in order to track calories and portion size. You'll also learn to distinguish between low-fat and high-fat food preparation methods (a great skill to have when you're eating out). And you'll discover how to use your hands to guesstimate and manage portion sizes when you just don't have the option to weigh and measure your food.

Assess Your Body and Set SMART Goals

You've established a food record to help you keep tabs on what you're eating and drinking. Now it's time to figure out how what you eat relates to your body. Today you'll discover how body type relates to health and weight management, and you'll use interactive tools to calculate your body mass index, waist-to-hip ratio, and personal daily calorie estimation. With all of this information in hand, you'll be ready to develop your own SMART goals for weight loss and weight maintenance—goals that are sensible, measureable, achievable, realistic, and time-oriented.

Take Nutrition to the Next Level

Now that you've learned how to develop SMART goals, it's time to delve into the finer details of food composition, meal planning, and meal timing. In this lesson, you'll find out what's in the food you're eating and how to use that information to plan meals and snacks that support your weight-loss goals. You'll also learn how to time meals so that you're less hungry between meals—and have more energy!

Exercise Is King

Time to get motivated to move! Today you'll learn the differences between cardiorespiratory exercise, strength training, and lifestyle activity. You'll also find out why and how much of each type of exercise supports weight management. We'll talk about easy ways to make exercise work when you don't have a lot of extra time, and we'll explore the common (but frustrating!) obstacles to exercise. By the end of the lesson, you'll be developing your own SMART exercise goals.

The Importance of Being Hydrated

Water plays a role in countless body functions, including weight loss. Increasing water intake can be an inexpensive, easy way to maximize fat metabolism, slow digestion, and discourage your appetite! In this lesson, we'll discuss the role of water in weight management. You'll learn how much water is enough, and discover how to determine how much water you lose during exercise. You'll also uncover tips and tricks for overcoming obstacles to good hydration.

Don't Worry, Be Healthy!

Stress has a variety of negative effects on weight management. The hormones your body releases when you feel stressed wreak havoc on your appetite, encourage the storage of abdominal fat, and ramp up the formation of fat. Today we'll unravel the influences of stress on weight, and you'll discover how to use stress management techniques to minimize or even eliminate the effects of stress. Because eating to self-nurture is a challenge for many people, we'll spend some time examining the connection between food and love, and we'll talk about how to self-nurture without sacrificing your weight-management goals.

You Are What You Think

Are your thoughts getting in the way of reaching your SMART goals? In this lesson, you'll discover how emotional eating and the way you think about your body affect your ability to follow through on healthy choices. We'll talk about 10 cognitive traps to watch out for, and you'll learn 10 cognitive tools you can use to overcome unhelpful thought patterns. As you discover more about motives, you'll see how you can put them to work to reach your weight-management goals.

Sleep, Slimness, and You

A good night's sleep is a crucial part of your successful weight-management plan. Today you'll learn how sleep deprivation interferes with metabolism, encourages cravings, and increases your appetite. We'll problem-solve for ways to get more sleep, and we'll discuss how you can stay on track with your SMART goals even when you haven't had enough rest.

Eating In, Eating Out

Eating out can make maintaining or losing weight so much more challenging. But, actually, with preparation and some strategies for making healthy food choices, you'll find that eating out doesn't have to wreak havoc with your SMART goals. In this lesson, you'll begin by learning how to stick with your SMART goals when you're eating out. After that, we'll explore how to make preparing food at home easy, quick, and healthy for you and your family. Then, we'll wrap things up by discussing techniques you can use to keep your SMART goals in focus, even in social situations.

Take Exercise to the Next Level

Whether you're an exercise newbie or a seasoned athlete, you need to change up your exercise routine from time to time. In this lesson, you'll discover how and why to do just that! You'll see how FITT principles, cross-training, exercise lite, and other techniques can help you develop and improve your workouts. Because your thoughts affect your actions and feelings, too, you'll learn how to become your own cheerleader in ways that make exercise easier, more effective, and fun.

Put It All Together

Do you suspect your genes are making it hard for you to lose weight? Have you noticed changes in your body as you've gotten older, had a baby, or entered perimenopause? In this lesson, you'll learn how genetics and life changes can affect weight management, and you'll discover how to successfully manage your weight during these life stages. You'll also discover when and how to satisfy food cravings without abandoning your SMART weight-management goals—and when and how to enjoy the high-calorie foods you really love!

Stay on Track for a Lifetime

In this lesson, we'll discuss methods for determining your personal ideal weight, and we'll explore how to shift from weight loss to weight maintenance once you've achieved it. Maintaining weight can be a lot easier than losing it if you get into the maintenance mindset, so we'll talk about the importance of using self-monitoring and self-motivation tools to stay aware and enthusiastic about the choices you're making that influence your weight. You'll learn how to put your assertive communication tools to work in the social situations you're likely to encounter, and you'll discover how seeing things differently once you're in the maintenance mindset can make it easier to stick with your SMART weight-management goals. And because scientific research is constantly changing, you'll learn the basics of evaluating research. When the next diet craze hits, you'll be able to determine if it's right for you. By the end of this lesson—and this course—you'll have the know-how to help you enjoy weight loss for a lifetime.

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet. 

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  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

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Course ID No.: 007bac10CB
Delivery Mode: Online
Course Access: 6-8 Weeks Per Course
Time required: 240 Hours
Assessments: Yes
Qualification: Certificate

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