6th March 2017

BNF has today launched a new online training course: An introduction to healthy eating and nutrition. This course is priced at £65 and is suitable for anyone with an interest in nutrition, either personally or professionally. No prior knowledge or training in nutrition is needed.Woman in Supermarket

The course is made up of 6 modules covering:

  1. Current UK recommendations on healthy eating and lifestyle, including the main food groups in the diet, hydration, and keeping active.
  2. The basics of nutrition science including the properties of carbohydrates, proteins and fat and the roles of vitamins and minerals in the body.
  3. The way our nutritional needs change at different stages of life.
  4. How our diet and lifestyle can affect the risk of certain diseases.
  5. Understanding food labels and how they can be used to make healthier choices.
  6. How to put recommendations about healthy diet and lifestyle into practice.

The course has been put together by Nutrition Scientists at the Foundation and is based on up-to-date scientific evidence and UK Government public health recommendations. It is also covered by the Information Standard certification scheme for health and social care information.  If you are looking for answers on what really makes up a healthy balanced diet, what different nutrients do in the body and how the foods we eat can affect our health then this could be just the course for you!

What will you learn?

The course covers a range of issues that cause confusion including:

  • Can starchy foods really be part of a healthy diet?
  • Where are sugars found and how can you reduce your sugar intake?
  • What is the role of fat in the diet and what are ‘healthy fats’?
  • Where do vitamins come from in the diet and do we need supplements?
  • Can you trust the information on food labels?
  • What does science really say about how diet can affect our risk of diseases like cancer and heart disease?
  • Can snacking be part of a healthy diet?
  • Can you really eat healthily on a budget?

The course takes approximately 5-7 hours to complete in total, but you can stop at any time and continue where you left off. There are assessment questions at the end of each of the six modules and a final assessment at the end.  Once you’ve passed this the final assessment you can download a personalised certificate. The course can be done on a PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone. 

You can access the course on our nutrition training site and if you have any questions please contact us at [email protected]


(Please note this course is not intended to support a career in nutrition – degree level training is required for this).