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Nutrition and Health InternshipUpdate – To register your interest (no obligations yet), CLICK HERE and enter your email address to be sent the Mentorship Survey.

 

After what started as a flippant Facebook post, this has become a real possibility! Currently this is still an idea but if you are willing to help us ‘plan’ it, it may well just go ahead. What we really need to know is what would people be looking to get out of a nutrition course / mentorship! We don’t want to run something where people aren’t going to be completely satisfied with what they have paid for! This whole idea came out of an email we received from a nutritionist who asked if about internships. Our work doesn’t lend itself fantastically to work shadowing but a nutrition course / mentorship weekend for instance could certainly be organised in a way that ‘practical’ experience was a focus.

The things we would need to know are:

1. What kind of time commitment would you want to give or see me give for that matter!

  • 1 full day
  • 1 weekend
  • 2 separate days (so that you do not have to find accommodation)
  • 2 weekends
  • etc

(Please bare in mind that the greater the time commitment, the greater the cost.)

2. When would you want the course to run? (Month/Time of year)

3. Resources you would like to go away with. Key learning outcomes etc! (This is perhaps the most important question!)

4. What content would you want to cover? Please include everything you would want perhaps in order of preference.

Below is what the aforementioned nutritionist came up with:

In terms of the internship – for me i would like to learn how you work with athletes – from the initial consultations to the testing , dietary and supplement advice, the things you consider , and how you progress and monitor them. I would like to find out how you spend a typical day – research tips – learn the best places and people to seek professional guidance from (far too many people saying too many different things). Appropriate books and courses that you recommend – tools you use for monitoring body fat, weight, hydration testing and so on.

I guess the main thing for me would be to have the opportunity to bring back home some skills i could use in sports nutrition in my local area, for weekend warriors , local club level athletes – I want to work with rugby clubs and football clubs local to my area – and learning a good protocol to insure I am covering all the necessary requirements – what to look out for – what to consider and so on.

I am still studying sports nutrition – so to compliment my course and walk away feeling I could happily sit in front of an athlete and support them nutritionally would be good. I assume the knowledge will come , but in my experience – learning from a book is not enough – it is the practical/reality of it all.

Nutrition Course Mentorship InternshipSo that’s your starting point! This nutrition course / mentorship, if it goes ahead, will have an applied focus so you will need at least some background knowledge of nutrition/health/exercise. It would be right for anyone who has done a degree in anything sciency, most practicing personal trainers, people who have done dietetics but want CPD in sports nutrition, serious fitness enthusiasts, those who have done vocational nutrition qualifications etc. When it gets down to booking places feel free to contact us if you’re not sure if this is going to be the right level for you.

So, please leave your answers below. So long as the website is working correctly you should be able to leave a comment below just by putting in your name and email address. Or you can use your Facebook/Twitter account to leave a comment. If you are unable to leave a comment below you are probably not cut out for this hypothetical mentorship ;-)

Update on the Nutrition Course / Mentorship


Thank you for all your feedback, we are now running student and professional mentorship programmes! For more details and to apply, please CLICK HERE. Places will be allocated based on merit, on a first come, first served basis and therefore applications will close once all positions have been filled; get your application in early to increase your chances of success.

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20 comments
FlorenceRoberts
FlorenceRoberts

Hi, is this Scheme still open for applications? Sounds like a great weekend!

Thanks, 

Florence

Robyn Vosters
Robyn Vosters

Hi, Is this scheme still running for the end of 2013/2014? Sounds like an great opportunity,I hope I have not missed out.

Andrew
Andrew

Apologies for the late reply, would still definitely be up for an opportunity to take part in a mentorship in some form or other, whether that be a weekend, 1 day etc... I would make myself available for any, preferably from June onwards but again I'm willing to make myself available whenever for an opportunity like this. I would be keen to learn about:  - How you go about applying nutrition to individual clients, from athletic/performance backgrounds to those looking for fat loss or muscle gain.   - How you go about increasing compliance   - Supplementation and improving health (diabetes, cholesterol, allergies/intolerances, pcos, menopause etc...)  - Nutritional application for younger athletes/clients  - What tests/measures you use and how you track clients progress In all I guess I'm just keen to get an insight into what you views on nutrition and how it plays its part in achieving results for your clients Many thanks, Andy

Annabel Webb
Annabel Webb

I'd be really interested in doing this however, having a baby I'd only be able to commit to one day every so often. I guess I'd need to know times, costs and days before committing. I think you're website, blog and general information is paramount to the health and fitness industry and being a personal trainer and predominantly working with post natal mothers would really add an extra niche to the support that I offer them.  Thanks, Annabel

pete
pete

I think practical experience in health and sports nutrition and everything it encompasses, pretty much everything the nutritionist mentioned. Plus the advantage of getting to work with and learn from you would be an advantage to anyone. I am coming to the end of my degree so this sort of thing would be perfect. In terms of when, i am flexible and I am sure as you did with your conference you would do your best to accomodate as many as possible. Pete.

Luke
Luke

Hello Mac, Having really enjoyed the conference I would be very interested in attending this. From my perspective I would be interested in seeing how you communicate with athletes - how much of the science behind your practice do you share with them. Additionally, like many others, it would be good to see how you structure your ongoing support after the initial intervention. With regards to time/dates June/July/August would be best for myself and i'd be happy to give up a weekend for this, during the week wouldnt be a problem at this time, although I imagine it would for others. Many thanks Luke

Samk
Samk

Sign me up! Any duration is good, and any dates given enough notice. Topics I'd be interested in... - Sports Nutrition - sports dependant (considerations for sport and individual) - Supplementation for health and performance - Hormones - effects of food and control of hormones with food - Nutrient timings - Special Populations (diabetes etc) - anything else juicy Might be able to bring a few more along too

Arj Thiruchelvam
Arj Thiruchelvam

Hi Mac, I would relish the opportunity to undertake a mentorship with you and learn from the practical application that would be available. -I would be prepared for any mentor-ship of any duration, I can understand how beneficial more than one day would be though whether it was a weekend or separate days. -June or July onwards is excellent as I complete my sports and exercise science degree in May! -Some form of literature resources would be excellent to refer to in the future. -Ideally the mentorship would include nutritional applications for : Elite athletes of various sports - performance nutrition Weight loss/increasing lean muscle mass Tackling typical health considerations such as diabetes, cholesterol and food intolerances. Improving health and well-being Monitoring nutritional interventions Working with children and young athletes I am very keen to add some real life experience to my formal qualification and be able to apply it in a club/workplace setting. Many Thanks Arj

Eloise
Eloise

I'm coming to the end of my degree in Nutrition and Human Health and this would be a great way to get some inside information and knowledge of your current experiences. I am looking into different avenues once I'm graduated and this could give me a 'clue' as to which direction to take. I would suggest a weekend course as it would give all like-minded people a chance to network, as well as spreading out the content so that its not too intense?! Can I leave the content preference 'pending' for now so that I can think more into that. Thank you, Eloise

Ian20
Ian20

I guess 1 day and depending on content another day to complete - would be better than 2 together for me Yes location and cost would be considerations as would a good idea of program / content. suggestions? Reliable resources for learning and keeping abreast of news and developments Practical application of knowledge for groups and individuals, - sport specific - optimising health and immune system - weight loss Measuring health markers and progress - detailed info or keeping it more general Insurance considerations Markting advice disclaimers and considerations of medications and GP input Dealing with objections (from just about everyone!) Overriding government, nhs, bhf, dietitions recommendations Managing diabetes .. hope this helps ian

lewis gough
lewis gough

Would certainly be intrested in taking part in this, it would ultimately depend on when it runs due to exams at University and also the cost. Although would like to know further details if this goes ahead.

Matt
Matt

A full weekend or two days spread across a fortnight would be great. I think an insight into your work from an applied perspective would be fantastic, just to be able to understand your approach. I am really interested in how you put your extensive knowledge into practice during a typical day/week/month but also the way you address new clients and challenges. 

Jason
Jason

I think one full day and anything's good personally I'm not fussed. It's all good :D

Harnaik Birring
Harnaik Birring

I'd definately be interested in something like this! I think that nutritionist covered everything I would think of in his post. I'd be available for a full day or a weekend. How many of these mentorship courses do you think you will run?

David Taphouse
David Taphouse

Sorry Mac I'll have to back out already due to exams in june then i'm going to a summer camp through june-sept in america but if another opportunity is available at a later date i'll be very interested! 

Andy Smith
Andy Smith

Hi Mac, So the internship….Since Jan 2011 I've lost around 6 stone…its been an education, so far as to say I'm my own dissertation!  What started out as weight loss initiative quickly developed into something more fundamental.  For the last year I've spent many hours researching nutrition and have ready many nutrition blogs (your included!) to get a better understanding of how I can make myself as lean as possible. I've been on numerous seminars and met some extraordinary people who have helped me along the way…Ben Coomber, Joseph Lightfoot, Joel Snape, Nick Mitchell, Matt Lovell, Laurent Bannock to name a few… I've become truly inspired by what they preach, so much so I'm planning on doing a course through the chekinstitute in October.  I'd like to fine tune my knowledge and help to show others what can be achieved through a little hard work and follow concrete nutritional principles. While I don't have a formal qualification as yet, I'm enthusiastic to learn all there is to know about nutrition in particular sports nutrition/biochemistry.  I'd like one day to be able to help others like those that have helped me. I am flexible enough to fit in and around your existing commitments, I'd just be happy to get involved with someone who actually knows what they're talking about!

MacNutrition
MacNutrition moderator

Hi Annabel, We are trying to get a survey sorted to get peoples preferences on things so we can see if it would work. Its likely it will be a weekend (Sat and Sun) though... nothing is set in stone at this stage though. Thanks for the kind words too. If you're not signed up for the newsletter then do that as that is where the info will go out!

 

MacNutrition
MacNutrition moderator

Only the one at the moment but of course there could/would be more if there is the interest. 

 

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