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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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Bauman College Celebrates 30 Years of Educating Leaders in Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts

Bauman College Celebrates 30 Years of Educating Leaders in Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts

BERKELEY, CA (January 18, 2019) –– Now celebrating their 30th anniversary, Bauman College continues to be at the forefront of the holistic health movement. They were pioneers who championed ideas now widely accepted in the whole-foods movement, and their renowned Nutrition Consultant and Natural Chef programs are grounded in a scientific, evidence-based approach.

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How commitment (and a little rage) can change your fortunes

Not long ago, the following statement was posted on a website called Science-Based Medicine:

“Up until a year ago, I was a practicing holistic nutritionist. As someone who has left that world behind, I have a moral obligation to do what is right – and what is right is to denounce my former beliefs in an industry rife with deception.”

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American College of Healthcare Sciences Celebrates 40 Years of Excellence in Holistic Health Education

American College of Healthcare Sciences Celebrates 40 Years of Excellence in Holistic Health Education.  

The staff, faculty, and students of American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) are celebrating four decades of excellence in holistic health distance education this year with a student graduation ceremony, wellness-focused projects, activities, and events on the theme of “Building on Traditions.”

ACHS was founded in Auckland, New Zealand by Dorene Petersen in 1978. Before its founding, Petersen was finishing up a four year naturopathic program with South Pacific College of Natural Therapeutics (SPCNT) and raising two young daughters solo.  She was selected to run SPCNT’s distance learning program, and when the college proposed shutting down the program in 1978, Petersen had other plans. She proposed a teach-out program for the current students, and with the blessing of SPCNT, founded the Australasian College of Herbal Studies.

“As a newly graduated New Zealand trained  naturopath I founded the college with a passionate belief in the power of distance, experiential, wellness education reaching people from diverse locations and all walks of life long before the internet. Armed with a second-hand IBM typewriter, a fold-up table, and two cardboard boxes for student files  , organic botanicals and essential oils for lab kits, I was initially a one-woman office,” Petersen recalls.

“Once students  were empowered to take control of their health naturally without uprooting their family to get to school, the college continued to grow. My passion is truly helping people learn how to heal themselves and to witness the profound freedom and  oftentimes career success that brings,” says ACHS Founding President Dorene Petersen.

“Our slogan  is live well, learn well, educate others for a reason. When we care for each other and share our collective knowledge—building on traditions!—we can accomplish anything and the last 40 years as ACHS’s President has shown this to be true.”

While running a busy naturopathic clinic and raising two young daughters on a remote island in New Zealand with limited resources, Petersen practiced what she preached through  wildcrafting, organic gardening, and modeling a sustainable lifestyle for her two daughters. Both of Petersen’s daughters grew up learning how to run photocopy machines, perform bulk mailings, file color coded student files, bottle organic essential oils and herbs for the lab kits, and travel to various locations as workshop support personnel. 

After 40 years, the American College of Healthcare Sciences has grown from Petersen’s one-room, one-woman school with her IBM typewriter to 28 accredited online programs in holistic health and  staff of over 75. With two campus locations one in Portland, Oregon, and another in Kona, Hawaii ACHS maintains a 99% student satisfaction rate and has  been named to the top 10 of Oregon Business magazine’s 100  Best Green Workplaces three years in a row (ranking number two in 2017).

ACHS will see even more growth  in the future. After 40 years of leading the college, Petersen is proud to be passing leadership to  new President Erika  Yigzaw.

For questions about this press release, contact Judy Starr at [email protected] For questions about ACHS’s programs, articulation agreements, or transfer of credit, call (800) 487-8839 or email [email protected]

Upcoming 40th anniversary celebration event on November 4 – 9, 2018 – Kona Aromatherapy Bootcamp: Current Issues in Aromatherapy: ACHS invites students, graduates, and the public to join presenters ACHS Founding President Dorene Petersen and ACHS’s Aromatherapy Program Chair and Registered Aromatherapist, Amanda Lattin for this four-day, five-night comprehensive aromatherapy workshop designed for professional aromatherapists, aromatherapy students, and aromatherapy enthusiasts!

About American College of Healthcare Sciences

Founded in 1978, ACHS.edu is a Portland, Oregon based, accredited college offering online, on-campus, and study abroad integrative health education. With undergraduate and graduate degrees, diplomas, certificates, and continuing education units in integrative health, ACHS makes holistic health and wellness education accessible to a diverse community, including healthcare professionals, military students, stay-at-home parents, and lifelong learners. Specializations include aromatherapy, herbal medicine, holistic nutrition, and wellness.  

ACHS is a Certified B Corporation® and was named two of 100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon 2017 by Oregon Business magazine. ACHS is also accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Visit achs.edu.

Don't Ignore the Hand


A Note from Our Executive Director: Nicole Hodson

Don’t Ignore the Hand!

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What Are YOU?

Nicole Hodson Photo“What ARE you?”

In high school this question generally meant, “What group do you belong to? Are you a 'rocker?' A 'preppy?' A 'jock?'” I didn’t hear this question for years after graduating from high school.

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What I Agreed to on My Summer Travels

What I Agreed to on My Summer Travels

Despite the title of this article, I haven’t had much downtime this summer. In fact, as I write this, I’m working on a project in North Carolina for most of June, far from my home (and hubby) in Tucson. I’m working with an energy medicine company, and what I’ve learned about quantum physics, consciousness, awareness, intentions and their relationship to health is blowing my mind! This is a whole new ballgame for me, and I truly appreciate their patience and humor as my clients introduce me to, in their words, “a whole new level of crazy” when it comes to their work.   

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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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You are Not Alone!

You are Not Alone!Nicole Hodson Photo

Before joining the NANP team I worked in private practice out of my home office. I loved working from home, helping clients reach their health goals and being a part of the solution they were seeking. The upsides of working at home were many: I no longer had to drive across town to work, fight for parking or wear uncomfortable business suits, nylons and heels. I was able to oversee my own schedule and even throw in a load of laundry when I needed. Life was good!

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