Miranda Kerr and Pete Evans lead the list of Australian celebrities who'v enrolled in one-year nutrition course to become a 'health coach'

Health coaches? Miranda Kerr and Pete Evans are two graduates of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition

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They're regularly spruiking healthy eating habits, but the nutritional wisdom imparted by the likes of Miranda Kerr, Pete Evans and Rachael Finch hasn't necessarily come all so naturally to them.

The Australian media personalities are just a sample of the celebrities who have taken The Health Coach certification program offered by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, based in the US. 

According to the US-based company, taking its year-long course via correspondence is 'a life-changing journey', resulting in one being qualified as a 'health coach' - a claim that concerns some professionals.  

 

Get with the program: Students are introduced to 100 dietary theories and a 'holistic' approach to health

Get with the program: Students are introduced to 100 dietary theories and a 'holistic' approach to health

In its curriculum, students are introduced to 100 dietary theories, as well as a 'holistic' approach to healthy habits with training in speaking to prospective clients about other lifestyle facets such as 'relationships, career, physical activity, spirituality'.

 

While former Victoria's Secret model Miranda Kerr is most famously known for her catwalk strutting adventures, she can in fact add 'health coach' to her resume thanks to completing this program. 

The institute describes a health coach as 'a wellness authority and supportive mentor who helps clients shift their behaviour towards healthier habits', which could be in relation to 'weight loss, improved digestion, stress reduction, or boosted energy'.  

Brains behind it: These are the teachers listed in the institute's official curriculum brochure 

Brains behind it: These are the teachers listed in the institute's official curriculum brochure 

Guest teacher: American actress Alicia Silverstone has been listed as a guest teacher for the course 

Guest teacher: American actress Alicia Silverstone has been listed as a guest teacher for the course 

Speaking about her involvement in the program last year during an interview with Glamour magazine, the mother-of-one said: 'I studied nutrition at [the Institute for] Integrative Nutrition here in New York, and also I studied in Australia as well. So i'm very passionate about the mind-body connection, and I think it's important not to deprive yourself'.

However it's no surprise that many health professionals would find it rather alarming for celebrities to obtain such a title, when their own credentials have been earned through longer periods of enrollment at educational institutions like universities. 

Speaking to Sydney Confidential, Sydney University Professor of Dietetics Margaret Allman-Farinelli said: '(Health professionals) are able to evaluate research, clinical trials and new ingredients, and their knowledge evolved over their careers. 

'This is not something that you are likely to get from a short course'. 

Another graduate: Rachael Finch, the co-creator of Impressed Juices, is also a graduate of the program 

Another graduate: Rachael Finch, the co-creator of Impressed Juices, is also a graduate of the program 

Models: Miranda Kerr and Rachael Finch often share their health and nutrition tips with fans on social mediaModels: Miranda Kerr and Rachael Finch often share their health and nutrition tips with fans on social media

Models: Miranda Kerr and Rachael Finch often share their health and nutrition tips with fans on social media 

Meanwhile Australian-based nutritionist Joanna McMillan, shared her critical views on the course in a Facebook post last year. 

'The Institute of Integrative Nutrition is claiming to be the world's largest nutrition school, but they don't train nutritionists,' she began.

'They run an online one year course after which you can call yourself a 'health coach'. Registered nutritionists and dietitians do a minimum of 4 years attending university (you can't do it online) including several months of clinical practice training. That's real nutrition school.' 

Another celebrity graduate: My Kitchen Rules judge is a passionate paleo diet advocate who has released a series of books on the matter

Another celebrity graduate: My Kitchen Rules judge is a passionate paleo diet advocate who has released a series of books on the matter

 

Another famous Australian face who has studied with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition is My Kitchen Rules judge Pete Evans. 

He is a passionate paleo diet advocate who has released a series of books on the matter, while writer Sarah Wilson completed the course and has gone on to launch her own I Quit Sugar regime.

In its official curriculum brochure, the Institute for Integrative Nutrition claims it has academic partnerships with other educational institutions in the US, so credit points can be earned to attend the likes of The State University of New York Purchase College and California State University in Long Beach. 

An international celebrity to support the institution established in 1992 is Pippa Middleton. 

International support: An international celebrity to support the institution established in 1992 is Pippa Middleton

International support: An international celebrity to support the institution established in 1992 is Pippa Middleton 

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By Staff Afeni 26/07/2015 05:46:00