Pediatric Nutrition for Health Professionals

Confidently give evidence-based nutrition guidance to parents, children, and colleagues. 
And set your patients up for lifelong good health and habits.

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Become an expert in pediatric nutrition.

This course is right for you if...

You’ve ever felt unprepared to answer the thousands of questions parents ask 
about nutrition and you’re ready to:

  • Understand the fundamentals of nutrition science
  • Become a trusted advisor for parents and children at every stage
  • Never again feel caught off guard when a parent asks nutrition questions
  • Successfully guide children through sensitive issues related to nutrition
  • Get science-based guidance to combat nutrition misinformation
  • Have dozens of nutrition charts, sheets, and recipes at your fingertips 

Your patients rely on you for nutrition guidance. But…

Neither school nor life experience prepared you

  • Less than 25% of physicians receive the minimum 25 hours of nutrition education set by the National Academy of Sciences 

  • Most dietetic programs require only 3 credit hours of lifecycle nutrition, which hardly scratches the surface

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Doctors and dietitians are parents' and kids' primary source of nutrition information, yet: 

Inaccurate nutrition advice -- or lack of helpful nutrition advice -- contributes to major health problems, like: 

  • Low quality diets: The first thousand days of life — and all of childhood — are critical for establishing good nutrition habits. Yet, nearly 60% of U.S. children ages 2-19 have low-quality diets.
  • Growth issues: According to the WHO, an estimated 144 million children under age 5 are stunted, 47 million are wasted and 38.3 million have overweight or obesity. 
  • Eating disorders: Eating disorders have the second highest mortality rate of any mental health disorder. 30 million people in the U.S. have an eating disorder. 95% of people with eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25.

As a health professional, you are one of the best resources to guide your patients in pediatric nutrition. 

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Finally get a modern, evidence-based education in nutrition and help children from preconception to age 18 with the

Pediatric Nutrition for Healthcare Professionals course

"A degree in pediatric nutrition in your pocket"

This is the most comprehensive, practical, and science-backed course for pediatricians, dietitians, and health professionals who are dedicated to helping their pediatric patients and families thrive.

No magic bullets. No pseudo-science. Just real, evidence-based guidance from board-certified and respected health professionals. 

If you want to become the go-to expert for parents, kids, and even your colleagues, you’re in the right place. 

Here’s what the Pediatric Nutrition for
Health Professionals course will give you: 

12  modules of modern, science-backed training, covering everything from guiding parents through picky eating to macro and micronutrients 
Dozens of quick-reference guides, charts, and clinical scenarios to help you give sound guidance on the spot
35 CMEs or CEUs upon completion of the course that you can apply to your continuing education requirements
Interactive quizzes at the end of each module to test your retention of key information  

Sign up now and get access to these bonus offers: 

The the ability to join Plant-Based Juniors’ national database of health professionals
Parent facing handouts that translate the nutrition guidance from the course into consumer friendly recommendations
Full color recipe ebook to share with patients
Downloadable summary at the end of each module to help retain learning 

Pediatric Nutrition for Health Professionals contains 12 modules of lessons packed with both written and video content.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify health promoting dietary patterns and current gaps in diet quality during childhood
  • Recognize the health impacts of climate change and the interplay between climate and food
  • Describe the core components of pediatric nutrition assessment and management, including the evaluation of overweight and obesity
  • Distinguish specific nutritional needs during phases of the lifecycle from pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, including macro and micronutrient needs, as well as developmental considerations
  • Summarize the core features of motivational interviewing and its relevance in clinical practice
  • Translate specific nutritional guidance to culinary applications

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The Course Curriculum 

35 Hours of CME/CE credits

The Pediatric Nutrition for Health Professionals education activity is composed of a series of modules viewed in a digital format. Users are able to move through the module at their own pace. Each module ends with a with quiz to assess the learner's comprehension of the subject matter. Video, written material, and interactive features are used to enhance the experience. A passing score of 80% or greater on the final exam is required for course completion.

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Meet your instructors: 

They have decades of professional and real-life experience and are the creators of nutrition content that’s guided millions of families around the world.

Pediatrician, former affiliate clinical instructor at Stanford University School of Medicine, and co- author of Nourish: The Definitive Plant-Based Nutrition Guide for Families

Reshma Shah

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, co-founder of Plant-Based Juniors and New York Times bestselling chef

Alex Caspero

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, co-founder of Plant-Based Juniors and co-author of The Plant-Based Baby + Toddler

Whitney English

Accreditation & Designation

In support of improving patient care, Rush University Medical Center is jointly accredited by the Accreditation
Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and
the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

For Medicine: Rush University Medical Center designates enduring material for a maximum of 35.00 AMA PRA Category 1
Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For Nursing: Rush University Medical Center designates this enduring material for a maximum of 35.00 nursing contact hour(s).

For Dietitians: This enduring material has been approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration for 35.00 CPEUs.

This course can be viewed on desktop, tablet or mobile device. Speakers or headphones are required for this course. This course has been approved for Education Credits from December 15. 2022-December 31, 2023. Access to the course materials are granted as long as the course is hosted. 

Additional Faculty

In addition to the above mentioned instructors, course faculty include:
Megan Ratcliff, PhD, MPH
Jennifer Sapolsky, MSN, RN


Reshma Shah, MD, MPH – Royalty, HCI Publishers
Whitney English, RD, MS – Royalty, Avery; Consultant, LiveWise Naturals
Alexandra Caspero, RD, MS - Royalty, Avery; Consultant, LiveWise Naturals, HUM Nutrition

All of the relevant financial relationships listed for these individuals have been mitigated. The remaining course director(s), planner(s), faculty, and reviewer(s) of this activity have no relevant financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.

Designed for busy, on-the-go,
“I-barely-had-time-to-eat-lunch” health professionals

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Of those in clinical practice, 100% say the course will influence the way they practice as a health professional and 96% would HIGHLY recommend it to their colleagues.

"This course is a MUST for any clinician working with children or families with children. This in-depth evidence-based course will help you better understand the importance of why we should encourage children to consume more whole plant-foods, help children develop a better relationship with nutrition. . . , plus so much more. I highly recommend this course and will be referencing the information often in my own practice."

Ashley Fitzgerald, MS, RDN, LDN

"A great evidence-based course to support my practice as a pediatric dietitian."

Dahlia Rimmon, MS RD

"This course on pediatric nutrition was comprehensive, engaging and very up to date with most recent clinical evidence and guidelines. . . It can be intimidating to talk to any patient about their dietary choices as it is such a personal topic, this level of care is heightened when talking to parents and children about what their children are eating. This course provided a great backbone of both knowledge and skills that increased my confidence in approaching these topics with patients and their parents in a non-judgmental way that can encourage ongoing conversations about what role food plays in their life and health as a family. . . This truly covers the important foundational knowledge and skills that are necessary to be competent in this area. Thanks for all your hard work, time and passion in creating this course!"

Rochelle Palmiscno, MD

"The Pediatric Nutrition for Health Professionals Course is an outstanding addition to nutrition education in medicine. This is a comprehensive course that provides both an overview and details about healthy eating at every age during childhood. The team also included helpful information on common nutrition-related issues for each age group and provided guidance for assessment and treatment. It is my hope that this program makes its way into medical schools and residency programs nationwide. Highly recommended!" 

Bryanne Robson, MD, DipABLM

"Alex, Whitney, and Reshma did an incredible job with this course! It's evidence-based and packed with relevant, practical guidance that goes beyond just macro and micronutrient needs. I feel much more confident now counselling families. I would highly recommend it to my dietitian colleagues."

Hannah Vogel, RD

"I absolutely loved taking this course. The course is packed with important pediatric nutritional information and even though I am a nutritionist, I have definitely gained new knowledge during this course. I would recommend this course to anyone who is interested in pediatric nutrition, regardless of whether you are the beginner or an advanced learner. "


"This course was so thorough and added to my base knowledge and also what I can share and use in my practice. The research is well done, concise and easily understood. This is a reference that will be useful for everyone and not just those interested in pediatric nutrition."

Angela Tam Stevenson, MPH, RDN

"This course was very thorough and provided evidence based information to help support children, pregnancy and families. The tips to include more plant forward eating were realistic and fun! I've gained so many new tools to use both personally and professionally!"

Liz Vermilya, RD, LD

"Thank you so much! I really enjoyed furthering my knowledge in this important area of pediatric nutrition! This will help me immensely in my practice and also at home with my own kids."

Malini, Pharmacist, PharmD

"The course I wish I’d had access to when starting out as a new graduate dietitian wanting to learn more about pediatric nutrition AND evidence-based information on plant predominant/vegan diets throughout the lifecycle. I hope this is one day taught as university curriculum, until then, Alex Whitney & Reshma have done an incredible job creating this fully referenced & important resource. Thank you!"

Klaire Lacota-Barnes Accredited Practicing Dietitian, APD

"The material was presented in a way that was fun, interactive, and engaging. Having access to key topics on downloadable handouts is a very helpful to use as a reference. I was looking forward to completing this course and it definitely did not disappoint!"

Heather Young, MS RD LD

"This course was an excellent primer on nutrition with a strong focus on the value of a plant focused diet. I feel more equipped to discuss nutrition with all my patients, especially those with food allergies! The material was presented in a straightforward way with tools to engage the learner. I recommend this to any health care provider."

Laurie McWilliams, MD, FAAAAI

"Exceptionally comprehensive and complementary evidence based nutrition course. You have thought of everything! Thank you for creating such an amazing course that I can trust and have as an invaluable resource. I learned so much to enhance supporting my patients and families and am grateful for the opportunity to participate!"

Reshma Shah, MD

"Thank you so much for creating this course. I absolutely loved it above my expectations. Your book has been my go-to since I first got it in my sons food introduction and my health coaching practice for mothers. But now I feel much more confident about discussing pediatric nutrition, and I have a new go-to. The course allowed me to dive deep in a subject that is really not widely available anywhere, although of uttermost importance for the future of our planet. I’m recommending this course to EVERYONE."

Paula Brunt, Chef

"A deep dive into nutrition science focusing on pediatric nutrition. It took me deeper than expected and I am thankful for that. No study buddy? No worries – every module ends with a round of questions to help you remembering the material."

Nina Bahr, Biomedical Engineer

Frequently asked questions

How do I know the course information is accurate and evidence based? 

A 3rd-party board of health professionals — including a doctor and dietitians — reviewed the entire course for scientific accuracy. Citations are used throughout the course to reference the appropriate studies and supporting scientific research. Additionally, the course was created by trained and board-certified professionals — including doctors and registered dietitian nutritionists.

Does this course count for continuing education?

Yes! This course counts for 35 CEUs or CMEs.

Are there any extra requirements — besides taking the course — to earn CEUs or CMEs?

Yes! There is a final exam, which you must pass to qualify for CEUs or CMEs.

Is this course only helpful for guiding plant-based patients and families? 

This course is helpful for supporting any patient or family in adopting a healthy dietary pattern. Although a plant-predominant approach is recommended by leading health authorities, this course provides nutritional guidance applicable to families following many different eating patterns from vegan and vegetarian to flexitarian and omnivorous.

Will this course provide specific information on vegan and vegetarian diets? 

Whether for health, environmental, or ethical reasons, more and more families are choosing to follow plant-predominant and plant-exclusive diets. We provide specific information on these dietary patterns and how to avoid nutritional shortfalls.

What if I don’t like the course once I buy it? 

We want you to be completely satisfied. We offer a 14-day refund policy if the course doesn’t meet your expectations.
Take up to 25% of the course, and if you’re not happy with it, get a complete refund within 14 days of your purchase.

Do classes take place on a certain day or time? 

No, this course is completely self paced. You can take it at whatever times are most convenient for you.

Can I only access the course for a limited time? 

When you purchase this course, you get unlimited access to it, as long as it’s hosted online.

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Finally feel confident that you are the best resource for parents’ nutrition questions. And provide the proof to back you up.

Proudly display a certificate of completion on your website and qualify to join the Plant-Based Juniors’ Certified Practitioner Database, a registry for parents who are looking for health professionals highly trained in pediatric nutrition.

Complete your pediatric nutrition education and become a trusted expert for parents, patients, and colleagues 

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