Food as Medicine - Food, Exercise and the Gut

Food as Medicine: Food, Exercise and the Gut

Help your patients manage gastrointestinal issues associated with exercise.  A practical 2 week online course on food, exercise and the gut.

Do foods cause gastrointestinal issues when exercising? Can the diet be modified to reduce symptoms?

The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics here at Monash University have developed a flexible two-week online course to help suit the learning needs of busy health professionals. This course aims to provide information to answer those common food and nutrition related questions that you might get in practice regarding exercise and gastrointestinal symptoms.

On this course you will grow your understanding of gut health and learn current information on food, exercise and its effects on the gastrointestinal tract. You will explore subjects like exercise-induced gastrointestinal syndrome and nutritional intervention - leaving the course with an improved understanding that you can apply in your practice.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the different gastrointestinal symptoms experienced by individuals participating in sport and exercise, including the degree of incidence and severity.
  • Explain the concept of exercise-induced gastrointestinal syndrome, and the associated acute and chronic health implication.
  • Describe the key factors that exacerbate exercise-induced gastrointestinal syndrome.
  • List the current evidence-based prevention and management strategies for exercise-associated gastrointestinal perturbations and symptoms.
  • Critically appraise the efficacy of these prevention and management strategies.

Learn from a team of nutrition experts

This course has been designed by a team of experts in food and nutrition, exercise and the gastrointestinal system from Monash University. As researchers and clinical health practitioners, they apply the latest research to practical patient care.

Obtain professional development recognition

This course is recognised by:

  • Sports Dietitian Australia (SDA): Successful completion of this course will attract 20 SDA CPD Points for members

Members of these professional associations will receive additional certification from Monash University, in line with these respective organisations, which provides evidence of ongoing professional development.


This course is designed for healthcare professionals, specifically sports physicians and dietitians. It assumes knowledge of science, medicine and healthcare practice.