- Courtesy of Nourished Table Family Nutritional Therpay
Burlington is home to a number of nutrition coaches and diet-focused health practitioners. And this winter, the Queen City will welcome a new nutritional therapist certificate program based on the teachings of holistic health pioneers Weston A. Price and Francis M. Pottenger Jr.
Price and Pottenger — both medical doctors practicing in the mid 20th century — advocated the use of whole, natural foods prepared in traditional ways as building blocks for good health.
Local practitioner Meredith Kinsel-Ziter, whose Nourished Table Family Nutritional Therapy is based in Burlington, will lead the nine-month Nutritional Therapist Training. Kinzel-Ziter says the course is "based around the philosophy that many of the myriad health problems plaguing modern society result from weaknesses in the body's physiological foundations brought on by poor nutrition."
Through online study and three multiday workshops, students will examine digestive physiology and nutrients and learn plant- and supplement-based protocols for addressing common health problems as they relate to nutritional deficiencies. The course will also offer business-planning advice to would-be practitioners hoping to put their certificates to use in private practice.
A program of the Washington-based Nutritional Therapy Association, which offers similar courses around the country, this training is the first of its kind in Vermont. Classes begin on February 22 and are currently scheduled at the Courtyard Marriott Burlington Harbor.