CSNA Honorary Advisors-Winterdyk

SNU Audio Excerpt John Winterdyk

CSNA Original Course Foreword (2000)

Dear Reader:

It is with considerable joy and anticipation that I offer my greetings, support, and enthusiasm to you for participating in the CSNA education program. Not only are you enrolled in the first course of its type in Canada but based on my some 20 years as a National calibre triathlete and one who has spent numerous hours searching out the best information and minds in the field to safely and ethically optimize my training and nutritional program, this course compiled by Cory Holly represents the most comprehensive and up-to-date certificate program in sports nutrition available - bar none!

As we all know, we live in an information rich, if not information overloaded world. Whether as an academic or National Team member, I have always prided myself on trying to ensure I was as informed about matters that would enable me to be on the 'cutting edge' so as to ensure that I could continue to excel and/or contribute to the area in question. Unfortunately, at times, the breadth of information and/or resources have not always been helpful or involved copious amounts of time. While such experiences have served as valuable lessons, I've never stopped searching for a more reliable, dependable, and valid source. Finally, it is here!

The dramatic growth in the areas of fitness, health, and nutrition has begun to identify key areas in which the information is supported by not only anecdotal accounts but by good sound scientific evidence.

This course embraces a holistic and practical approach to helping you guide someone (even yourself) to better health and fitness. No matter what age, we are all athletes (some just waiting to be rediscovered) who in these times of hectic schedules, environmental pollutants, and bombardment of information can all benefit from either recapturing our passion for health and fitness or simply refine our abilities by capitalizing on the invaluable information you will learn in this course.

The course covers, what I would consider to be, the essential elements that need to be understood and addressed in order to reach an individual's potential. They include all the elements that took me years to 'discover'. For example, you will learn about the importance of body-type and its relationship to fitness and health. And while there is a plethora of literature on training and exercise, this section of the course offers the clear and essential facts to assist people in formulating a fitness program.

If there is one topic whose volume of literature could weight even the most ardent student of fitness and nutrition down it is information on 'weight'. Cory Holly's handling of this topic is straightforward and cuts through all the excess so that you are left with the most fundamental facts to help people identify their ideal body composition. Other key topics covered in this course include the controversial subject of performance enhancing drugs; the helpful topic of natural treatment, and identifying a repertoire of natural resources that can assist in screening, diagnosing, and either serve as a holistic approach to optimal fitness and health and/or addressing problems that will inevitably arise when people strive to be their complete athlete.

I wish you much success with this concluding half of the course and am confident that when accompanied with a positive attitude and open heart you'll not only come away feeling better informed and skilled to help others but that you will want to exemplify what you have to offer.

~ Dr. John Winterdyk

Professor John Winterdyk: Mount Royal University Faculty Profile