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Strengthening Our NANP Partnerships

by Monica Nesbit, Development Coordinator, NANP

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Knowledge Is a Gift

by Nicole Hodson, Executive Director, NANP

Once, a dear friend contacted me from the emergency room.

He’s kind of a tough guy, so he doesn’t like talking about his health issues (I’m sure you know someone like that too).

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NANP's Top 15 Questions to Ask your Prospective Nutrition School

by, Sara Peternell, MNT, BCHN™️
Marketing Specialist, NANP

Congratulations on deciding to pursue your dream of working in the holistic nutrition industry! 

In this world we live in, holistic nutritionist professionals play a crucial role in helping people eat healthy. Not only that, food is powerful preventative medicine!

With guidance and expertise from a holistic nutrition professional, individuals and groups learn to improve their eating habits and instill healthy behaviors into everyday life. 

Working as a holistic nutrition professional can be incredibly rewarding as you watch clients improve their quality of life and feel better. If food and nutrition is your passion, consider the degrees, skills and traits that are necessary to work in this field.

Courses in holistic nutrition are offered online and in the classroom. Students can earn a holistic nutrition certificate or pursue more in-depth studies and earn a bachelor's or master's degree in the field. A variety of certificate and degree programs are available to obtain this training. 

Holistic nutrition programs cover the science behind holistic nutrition, including but not limited to: biochemistry, nutrients, health conditions, digestion and detoxification and supplements.

The NANP team has thoughtfully and carefully put together the list of questions below because we think they will be helpful as you drill down on selecting the program that resonates best with your vision and passion for working in our field. We also suggest that you “interview” at least three schools. 


NANP's Top 15 Questions to Ask your Prospective Nutrition School

  1. How are the courses within the program taught? Are classes virtual, held in person in a classroom, or both?
  2. Are the courses a self-paced style of learning, or do the courses keep to a specified schedule?
  3. How much access will students have to their teachers for asking questions, getting additional support, or having discussions outside the scheduled course time?
  4. Is there ample interaction with other students taking the course, or are students fully independent in their coursework?
  5. What is the school's primary food philosophy? Do they teach a variety of food philosophies for a well-rounded approach?
  6. Does the holistic nutrition program also include cooking lessons, recipe development, basic kitchen methodology?
  7. What type of business guidance is offered by the program? Do they provide business development courses, electives, counseling or resources?
  8. Is there a job placement component to the program? Does the school have strong connections with holistic health businesses in their geographic area?
  9. What is their NANP Board Exam pass/fail rate? How many students sit for the NANP Board Exam? Do they offer study groups in preparation for the Board Exam?
  10. How long has the school been in business? Who is running the school? What is the background of the director, the instructors, the staff running the admissions.
  11. What is the financial status of the institution? Is the school financially in good health and prepared to make good on your investment in your education?
  12. Does the program offer financial assistance to students?
  13. Does this program satisfy the requirements for your specific state laws? Is the school in good standing with state and local laws?
  14. Does the school have an alumni list for you to access? What kind of reviews exist from students who have attended this program in the past?
  15. Does the school allow for credits to roll over to other institutions in the event you might want to continue with a higher education program elsewhere?

So, folks, this is our list of the most important questions.  But, inevitably - because this is such a big decision - we understand that you might have other questions.

We suggest that you write down a list of the things you want and need to know before you register. Do not be afraid to ask their admissions counselors all the questions on your list.














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Ten Ways to Earn a Living as a Holistic Nutrition Professional

Miriam G. Zacharias, MS, NTC, BCHN, President of the NANP

What can you do with your holistic nutrition credential?

If you aren’t sure that building a solo practice is your “thing,” here’s the good news: there are a boatload of ways to use your education.

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“We Can Make A Difference”

by Nicole Hodson, Executive Director, NANP

As you know, we are growing over here at the NANP. Our team is currently the largest ever to serve you. And, that is really good news with so much happening not only amongst our largest-ever member base of over 1,200, but also within the ever-growing and changing landscape of the holistic nutrition field.

One area that is especially important right now is legislative affairs.

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It’s YOUR Time to Speak Up!

It’s YOUR Time to Speak Up!

Miriam G. Zacharias, MS, NTC, BCHN, President of the NANP

Public speaking is the fastest way to grow your knowledge, your influence, and your base of followers. Yet many people dread the idea of speaking in front of an audience. Jerry Seinfeld, in fact, once quipped:

“According to most studies, people's number one fear is public speaking. Death is number two. This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you're better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.”

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Ready to Share Your Passion?

A Note from Our Executive Director Nicole Hodson

As someone who loves to cook
, I was thrilled when my friend and colleague, Dr. Tammera Karr asked me to contribute a few recipes to her new cookbook. I’ve dreamed of writing my own someday, with a focus on the nourishing, full flavored, and colorful Persian foods of my childhood. So of course, when Tam asked, I was more than happy to play… and even a bit flattered! 

TALK ABOUT A DO-ER! 

In awe, I watched each day as the emails came rushing in about new contributors, recipes, and narratives from Tam’s extensive NANP network. In just a few short weeks her cookery book, a companion to the original work, Our Journey with Food, went from a mere concept to a full-blown reality. The pace at which this project came to fruition was somewhat astonishing and struck me as a fantastic example of how our community comes together. 



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Speak up, stand out, make an impact!

Speak up, stand out, make an impact!

Public speaking is the fastest way to grow your knowledge, your influence, and your base of clients.That’s not just my opinion, either. Nearly all the 40 or so practitioners that Julia Zaslow and I interviewed in our Prosperous Practitioner Summits told us that giving talks was a game-changer for launching their careers.

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Why Board Certification Matters

Jonathan Posey PhotoWhy Board Certification Matters

As the Executive Director of the Council of Holistic Health Educators, I get a lot of questions from practitioners. One that comes up quite often is if they should attain further credentialing. From a policy standpoint the answer is always yes. Anything that you can do to differentiate yourself from others elevates our profession and community. Furthermore, it helps to qualify your ability to speak to some of the "science" that is often thrown at us by those who seek to discredit, disqualify, and exclude us from the marketplace.

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What's in YOUR Budget?

What’s in YOUR Budget?Nicole Hodson Photo

End of year here at NANP means one BIG project: working on the budget for next year. While I don’t relish the exercise of working on complex spreadsheets and crunching numbers for hours on end, I do get charged up by planning out the coming year. It’s exciting to think about new projects and ways to improve our business, to bring more value and benefits to NANP members.

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Fight The Fears That Come With Freedom

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Fight the fears that come with freedom

Nineteen years ago, I unshackled myself from a job to pursue my life’s purpose.  I was frustrated in my role as an “employee” in a large tech company and tired of spending my precious days helping others build their dream instead of following my own.

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How to get remarkable results in 2018

How to get remarkable results in 2018

Fifteen years ago, I was in Hawaii on vacation and was able to re-connect with my old grad school office-mate. I hadn’t seen Janice for years and was excited to meet up with her in Honolulu where she lived.

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Are You the Bearer of Bad News?

Are You the Bearer of Bad News?

Before finding my passion for nutrition I earned my bachelor’s degree in Drama. As a Drama major I was required to participate in as many of the university’s theatrical productions as my schedule would allow. The most fun I had during a production was as an extra when I had walk-on scenes with a comedian. Jim Pelley kept me in stitches backstage every night. But once the show ended we lost touch and I didn’t see him until several years later.

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The Good, the Bad, and the Challenge with Advertising

The Good, the Bad, and the Challenge with Advertising

Research shows that the average person is exposed to up to 10,000 marketing messages a day.

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What's Your Emotional IQ?

What’s Your Emotional IQ?

Last month I wrote to you about my excitement for our upcoming NANP Team Building Excursion. This year’s gathering was another great investment into the administrative future of our organization. We tackled several critical issues and had a wonderful time getting to know our newest team member, Brad Linberg.

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