Program Topics

1. The Basics of Nutrition

Part 1 of the NETCP covers the basic fundamentals of nutritional science and the health benefits of certain classes of phytochemicals.  Nutritional Sciences: From Fundamentals to Food, one of our required reading books, discusses the fundamental principles of nutrition, including topics such as macronutrients and micronutrients, energy balance, basic biochemistry, and energy metabolism.  Our second required textbook, An Evidence-Based Approach to Dietary Phytochemicals discusses specific classes of phytochemicals such as carotenoids, flavonoids, isothiocyanates, and essential fatty acids, and their roles in human physiology and health.

2. Dr. Fuhrman’s Body of Knowledge

Part 2 of the NETCP is based primarily on Dr. Fuhrman’s writings, based on both the scientific literature on diet’s role in health and his years of experience treating and preventing chronic disease with excellent nutrition.  Students are encouraged to read and study Dr. Fuhrman’s books: Fasting and Eating for Health, Disease Proof Your Child, Eat to Live, and Super Immunity. Additional information is provided in Dr. Fuhrman’s Healthy Times Newsletters, commentaries, supplement recommendations, and tutorials, plus selected scientific literature and the Coaching Modules.  

3. Client Application

Part 3 of the NETCP draws on the knowledge gained from studying Parts 1 and 2, but this time tests the student’s ability to apply this knowledge to advising clients.  Studying the concepts covered in the Coaching Modules will be especially valuable - the long-answer questions on Part 3 of the NET Certification Exam ask the student to motivate and coach individuals while explaining the benefits of a Nutritarian diet. Additionally, the NETCP Acknowledgement and Agreement provides guidance on boundaries.  NETs are lifestyle coaches only - NETs must not give medical advice and must advise a client with any potential medical issue to seek guidance from their physician.

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