A groundbreaking nutrition course, which will be among the first of its kind in Britain, will launch at the Northern College of Acupuncture in York this September.
The course, a Diploma/MSc* in Nutrition, is aimed at both orthodox and complementary health practitioners, including doctors, nurses, dentists, osteopaths, chiropractors and acupuncturists, where an understanding of nutritional therapy will add a new dimension to their work and advice to patients.
The course uniquely combines the study of Western, naturopathic and traditional medicine approaches to nutrition – the best of East meets West – together with actual clinical practice of nutritional therapy. It covers the nutritional approach to a wide range of ailments, from acne to urinary infections and also incorporates meal planning, health foods, food preparation and nutritional research. The diploma can be taken part-time over one year while those wanting to do nutrition research for their MSc complete an extra year
Leading the course will be Jacqueline Young, a qualified nutritionist, naturopath, oriental medical practitioner and clinical psychologist, who has been a practitioner, educator, writer and researcher in the field of natural medicine for over twenty years.
The course will also include a star-studded cast of guest speakers including Dr John Briffa, The Observer’s health adviser, Professor Jane Plant, M.B.E, biochemist and government advisor on toxicity and Patrick Holford, widely regarded as a leading spokesperson and author on nutrition whose recent TV appearances include This Morning, GMTV and Tonight with Trevor Macdonald.
Northern College of Acupuncture Principal Richard Blackwell says: “It is a real coup for the college to have someone of Jacqueline’s calibre leading this course and to have so many leading experts contributing their knowledge and skills.
“The college has a high staff-to-student ratio and the fact that it is dedicated to the study of Chinese medicine and related disciplines, such as nutrition, means that it has a unique ethos and atmosphere. Our students are from a wide range of backgrounds and often say that studying at the College has not only changed their careers, but changed their lives. Our courses are structured so that students can study while continuing work and family commitments.”
Course leader Jacqueline Young explains: “Nutrition is central to the general health and wellbeing of everyone and so improving nutrition can make a huge difference to people’s lives. Increasing one’s knowledge of nutrition can transform clinical practice for health professionals, whatever field they may be in and I believe we are offering one of the most comprehensive and exciting nutrition courses in the country.”
Open days for the nutrition course are being held at the College on 12 July, 22 July and 16 August. To book your place or for more information about the nutrition course contact Northern College of Acupuncture on 01904 343305 or visit www.chinese-medicine.co.uk
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