If you’re considering earning a degree in holistic nutrition or currently employed as a dietician or nutritionist, the Internet is a great resource, and starting point, for information on many health-related topics.
But the Internet is inundated with many not-so-useful sites, so we decided to list the most informative based on the quality and freshness of content. And fresh is just so in vogue these days!
- SparkPeople: Did you say 100% free and chock-full of useful, readable information in an easy-to-navigate online format? Why yes we did! SparkPeople is a pretty cool site for both dieticians and their patients. They offer a food and fitness tracker, articles and videos, as well as a community resource center for members.
- Prevention: This site, as well as their magazine, is a trusted resource for people seeking information about diet, physical fitness, health products, and overall well-being. Become a member for free to log workouts, find nutrition data, create a food journal, and much more. Holistic nutritionists will appreciate the section dedicated to natural remedies and other strategies for prevention and healthy living.
- Organic.org: We love this site. It’s simple and easy-to-navigate yet full of useful resources about organic agriculture, food, and product. For those who want to cut down on chemicals and preservatives in their food, organic is the way to go. And for nutritionists and the health conscious, avoiding additives and other toxic substances is a top priority.
- American Dietetic Association: As the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, you’re sure to find information on a variety of health-related topics, including food safety, healthy aging, diseases and health conditions, tips for weight loss, and much much more. Health professionals can stay informed by accessing the “Health Community,” which posts useful articles, tool kits for dieticians, and public policy updates relevant to your field.
- Nutrition.gov: For online access to government information on food and nutrition, this site has it all and then some. Anyone with an interest in learning about smart nutrition will find tips and tools on how to maintain a well-balanced diet and overall good health. We especially like the “Consumer Corner”— a section dedicated to helping consumers and educators find information on food and nutrition.
- EatingWell: The name of the site speaks for itself. Videos, recipes, food news, and more can be found here as well as a menu planner and blog posts. If you’re a nutritionist looking for new recipes for your clients or a curious consumer with a passion for healthy eating, this site offers recipe collections that leave out the bad and bring in the good!