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Fitness Trainer January/February 2017

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Legal Notes he fact of the matter is: Nutrition and Training are like two wheels of a bicycle … You cannot be ultimately successful- if only one wheel is spinning." - Dr. Chris Mohr. Until a few years ago, certification agencies were blind to the importance of nutritional education. However, trainers and coaches have understood that the success of their programs rely on nutritional fuel. While fitness nutrition certifications have become more available, not every trainer has sunken their teeth into the opportunity; yet they are still intent on supplementing a fitness program with nutritional support. But where in the sand is the legal line drawn? Scope of Legal Nutritional Practice Globally speaking, anyone can call him or herself a "nutritionist" and legally provide nutritional advice - without formal education or other credentials – as there appears to be no laws which prohibit personal trainers, coaches, nutritionists – or anyone - from providing nutritional advice. We're talking: what to eat (fats, protein, or carbohydrates) how much to eat, even advice about macronutrients, micronutrients, vitamins, minerals, supplements, poly-phenols, etc., etc. However, 47 states in the U.S. and most Canadian provinces regulate, legislate and protect the legal scope of the practice of "dietetics". Three years ago, The American Dietetic Association (ADA), a trade group formed in 1917 which represents registered dieticians, changed its name to The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). Since the change, AND has been waging a legal turf war with holistic nutritionists and everyone else. The group has been lobbying American legislators in a futile " T By Gary W. Pitts

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