Nutrition and Environmental

Influences on Women's Health

In today's world we face many challenges for maintaining health and preventing disease.

This program is designed for all nurses who want to advance understandings of the role of nutrients and environmental exposures on endocrine, immunological, digestive, and neurological systems and provide valuable information on applying science based nutritional interventions and environmental precautions.

Our faculty presents evidence based science and clinical advances on how to assess and implement strategies for effectively addressing these issues.

Coaching and counseling are becoming an integral component in an Integrative Nursing model. In this model, as health educators, nutrition is a foundation for wellness promotion and disease prevention in assisting individuals in making healthier choices. Providing nutritional guidance requires knowledge of current research and protocols that can be integrated into nursing assessment and in providing effective interventions.

This two day workshop, grounded in current nutritional science and clinical advances, offers practical tools for guiding and coaching individuals in lifestyle and nutritional choices and changes for balance and optimizing one's wellness potential.

Upon completion of this program, participants will have new tools, skills, and information to implement in diverse clinical settings to positively impact the health of their patients, families, and communities.

This weekend program can be used as a module in our expanded Nurse Wellness Coach Program.

Curriculum topics include:

  • Immune health - How nutrients, toxic body burden, and suboptimal detoxification can lead to immune and auto immune disease
  • Digestive and gastrointestinal health - The significant role of the GI system health including gut barrier function and mucosal immunity, intestinal permeability, digestion, and immune response.
  • Inflammation and the inflammatory response - How inflammatory triggers in our environment impact many systems including cardiovascular neuromuscular, digestive and immune and autoimmune responses.
  • Metabolic Syndrome - Insulin and weight loss resistance, evaluating effective weight loss programs, current diet theories, and strategies using optimal nutrition support.
  • Endocrine Balance - Hormonal response and function is influenced by many factors in our lives including the role of stress, the environment and nutrient adequacy, availability, and absorption. Adrenal and Thyroid function, Energy, breast cancer, PMS, Menopause, and healthy aging will be reviewed.
  • Genomics - Epigenetic research has advancded and we now have the ability to influence gene expression with nutrients and plant based phytonutrients (nutrigenomics and phytogenomics)
  • Optimal Nutrition - Appropriate use of specific nutrients to supplement dietary changes for optimal health and well being

    At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

    • Deepen understanding of the relationship between nutritional deficiencies, environmental exposures, health, and disease
    • Increase knowledge base for effective nutritional counseling
    • Offer motivational coaching tools and techniques
    • Assess the client's relationship to nutrition and food
    • Evaluate eating patterns, and nutritional needs
    • Create a personalized nutrition plan
    • Implement effective nutritional guidelines for enhancing wellness
    • Assess environmental influences on health
    • Offer environmental education and guidelines
    • Create a self care nutritional and environmental health plan

      This workshop is recommended for all nurses seeking to explore and expand their knowledge of nutrition and environmental health professionally and personally. Nursing Continuing Education Units provided. For schedule of future programs and detailed Certificate course description, contact:


      Susan Luck RN, BS, MS, HNC, CCN, has worked in the field of nutrition and immunology for over 20 years. As holistic nurse educator, medical anthropologist, and clinical nutritionist, she has been practicing nutrition in integrative healthcare models both in the U.S. and abroad. She is a national speaker,founder and director of the Earthrose Institute, a foundation dedicated to educating women on nutrition, environmental health and breast cancer prevention. She is Director of the Integrative Nursing Institute, author of the Chapter on Nutrition for Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice

      Currently, Ms.Luck is adjunct faculty and nutrition consultant at the University of Miami, working through an NIH grant on nutrition for women with HIV. Ms. Luck also is the Clinical Nutritionist at Mercy Hospital in Miami, Florida and maintains a private practice in nutrition and wellness coaching.

      Judy K. Lane RN, MS, NP, has been a Nurse Practitioner for over 25 years in both conventional and integrative settings. She is currently Director of Women's Health at the Preventive Medical Center of Marin in San Rafael, CA and Clinical Director of the East Bay PMS and Menopause Center in Oakland, California. She is a national speaker and an international health consultant. Ms. Lane is the Director of Women's Health Education for the EarthRose Institute. She has been a preceptor for the Columbia University Nurse Practitioner Master's Program.