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Nutrition for a Healthy Heart

Nutrition for a Healthy Heart

This course is essential for anyone who wants to strengthen and improve their heart health. Learn about the positive impact optimal nutrition can have on quality of life.

  • Practical information on how to shop, stock your kitchen and identify heart healthy foods
  • Historical and contemporary research with citations
  • World-renowned faculty
  • Lessons from multiple disciplines including: nutrition, clinical care, psychology, and epidemiology
  • Readily available live, expert instructor team
  • Network with students from around the world
  • Continuing education credits available for dietitians
  • Credits for additional health professions coming soon

Course Overview

This two week course contains six modules. You can expect to spend about 3-4 hours per week completing the learning activities, participating in online discussions, and working on course projects.

Our courses are offered through the highly rated eCornell platform. eCornell is a subsidiary of Cornell University and provides online professional and executive development to students and teachers around the world.

Wellness Coach Dominic Marro, RD Julie Marie Christensen, Educator

Course Objectives

  • Understand the state of nutrition and reflect on your personal nutritional background
  • Discuss the history of heart disease and nutrition research
  • Describe the fundamental processes of heart disease
  • Articulate a heart disease reversal diet, along with the science that supports it
  • Be able to stock a kitchen with the food and items you need to be heart healthy
  • Understand the forces behind your motivation, and the barriers to your success

Course Information

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Nutrition for a Healthy Heart

CNS507 Course Topics
  • Reveal Your Nutrition Story
  • Heart Disease History
  • Heart Disease: The Clinical Approach
  • Heart Disease: Prevent and Reverse
  • Put Optimal Nutrition into Action
  • Change Your Nutritional Behaviors

World-renowned faculty, theoretical and practical, multidisciplinary; this course engages the student in active learning, collaboration with other students, and lectures to yield an unparalleled overview of nutrition and heart disease that will save lives.

Thomas M. Campbell, MD
Executive Director
Center for Nutrition Studies

Dr. T. Colin Campbell

Plant-based nutrition instructor

Dr. T. Colin Campbell has been at the forefront of nutrition research for over forty years. His legacy, the China Project, has been acknowledged as the most comprehensive study of health and nutrition ever conducted. Dr. Campbell is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University.

Over the course of his career, he has been awarded more than seventy grant-years of peer-reviewed research funding and authored more than 300 research papers. He also coauthored with his son, Thomas M. Campbell, MD, the bestselling book The China Study: Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health and and wrote the New York Times Bestseller Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition with Howard Jacobson, PhD . In addition, he is the President of the Board of the nonprofit organization, T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. Reduce Text

Thomas M. Campbell, MD

Tom Campbell, MD

Thomas M. Campbell, MD is an Instructor of Clinical Family Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. A board certified family physician, he has a primary care practice in Rochester, NY. In addition, Dr. Campbell is Executive Director of the nonprofit organization, T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies.

A graduate of Cornell University, Thomas is the author of The Campbell Plan: The Simple Way to Lose Weight and Reverse Illness, Using The China Study's Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet. This follows on the success of The China Study, The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and The Startling Implications for Diet, Weight-Loss, and Long-Term Health, co-authored with his father, T. Colin Campbell, PhD.

Dr. Campbell received his medical degree from the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and completed residency training in Family Medicine at the University of Rochester, Highland Hospital. He is a six-time marathon finisher. Reduce Text

Lindsay S. Nixon

Lindsay S. Nixon

Lindsay S. Nixon is the bestselling author of The Happy Herbivore Cookbook (Jan 2011), Everyday Happy Herbivore (Dec 2011), Happy Herbivore Abroad (Dec 2012), Happy Herbivore Light & Lean (Dec 2013), The Happy Herbivore Guide to the Plant-Based Diet (May 2014) and Happy Herbivore Holidays & Gatherings (Nov 2014).

Since 2011, Nixon has sold more than 200,000 books. Nixon has been featured on The Food Network and Dr. Oz Her recipes have also been featured in the New York Times, Vegetarian Times magazine, Shape Magazine, Fitness Magazine, Bust, Women's Health and WebMD, among others. A rising star in the culinary world, Nixon is praised for her ability to use everyday ingredients to create healthy, low fat recipes that make eating well easy, affordable, realistic and delicious. Learn more about about Nixon and try some of her recipes on her award-winning blog Reduce Text

Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., MD

Plant-based nutrition instructor

Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., received his B.A. from Yale University and his M.D. from Western Reserve University. Dr. Esselstyn has been associated with the Cleveland Clinic since 1968. His scientific publications number over 150, "The Best Doctors in America" 1994-1995 published by Woodward and White cites Dr. Esselstyn's surgical expertise in the categories of endocrine and breast disease. In 1995 he published his bench mark long-term nutritional research arresting and reversing coronary artery disease in severely ill patients. That same study was updated at 12 years and reviewed beyond twenty years in his book, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, making it one of the longest longitudinal studies of its type. Reduce Text

Doug Lisle, PhD

Plant-based nutrition instructor

Douglas Lisle is a graduate of the University of California at San Diego. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The University of Virginia, and was appointed Lecturer in Psychology at Stanford University.

Dr. Lisle is currently the Director of Research for TrueNorth Health Center and has published numerous articles in the scientific literature. He is the co-author of The Pleasure Trap and is in private practice conducting psychotherapy at the TrueNorth Health Center. Reduce Text

Who should enroll?

This course is designed to be easily understandable by and to appeal to the interested general public, but also includes enough scientific explanation and reference to benefit health professionals including, physicians, nurses, dietitians, nutritionists, wellness coaches and more. Individuals who have or know someone with cardiovascular disease or its risk factors (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc...) will find it particularly valuable, as well as anyone who counsels individuals with cardiovascular disease.

Continuing Education Credits

The Nutrition for a Healthy Heart course is approved for 6 CPEUs from the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).

You may receive 0.6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon completion of all sessions of this course. Continuing education units are awarded through the School of Continuing Education at Cornell University.

Continuing education for additional health professions coming soon.

I have already earned my PBN Certificate, what will be different and beneficial about this course?

An updated approach with our partner eCornell, provides palatable 'chunks' of focused information leading to an enhanced adult learning experience.

  • Updated lessons from world renowned faculty
  • "How-to do" module with practical tips and information
  • Upgraded technology
  • Refreshed student and instructor team interaction techniques
  • More references to research including citations
  • Useful take-aways, including action plan and informative content highlights

I already read The China Study. Will information presented in this course be different?

"Yes! There is lots of research not ever discussed in the China Study, updated information, a new 'how-to' component and new behavioral change lessons. In addition, our new format encourages your own active learning to really understand the important concepts in a way that simply isn't possible in a book."

Should I use this information as personal medical advice?

Always work with your physician or qualified health care provider before adjusting medications or making major diet changes.

Should I take this course if I am already living a whole foods, plant-based lifestyle?

Wherever an individual is on a lifestyle spectrum, from complete fast-foodie to lifelong, organic gardener this course will surely inspire positive action - knowledge is power. This course is not intended to convert, but to present information. Each individual can discover for themselves where the weight of the evidence lies. Food, health and lifestyle represent a very personal journey. However, it is recommended that if one has heart disease, going “all the way” will result in the quickest, most effective outcome towards optimal health. Just like exercise, smoking-cessation or other health improvement practices, the approach, pace and willingness may vary for each individual.