noah rudino

May 17, 2019 11:22:00 AM | military friendly Military Vet Starts a new Career in Holistic Nutrition |

Noah Rudino, military veteran, takes advantage of ACHS’s accredited online integrative health education to meet his nutrition consulting goal.

noah rudino

Air Force veteran Noah Rudino grew up in a military family and served in locations around the globe. After eight years in the military, three deployments in Iraq, one in Afghanistan and contracting overseas after the military, Noah met his girlfriend, Dani Hightower, a CrossFit gym owner, when attending Texas State University. Because of their shared interest in fitness and nutrition they developed a partnership plan to integrate holistic nutrition into the gym’s offerings. He began researching options to meet his need for a pertinent education and credentials that substantiate his expertise. 

Noah’s search led him to the American College of Healthcare Sciences. (ACHS)  It was ACHS’s accredited college distance learning integrative health education that he needed in order to meet his nutrition consulting goal. Noah was able to move through the enrollment process smoothly because, as a military friendly school, ACHS admissions staff are experts in helping students access their military benefits.

A staged approach to learning

Noah, first, completed the Holistic Nutrition Certificate program and is enrolled in the Integrative Fitness Certification program Summer Quarter. He plans to enroll in ACHS’s Bachelor’s Degree program in nutrition next.  

“I am much more confident now that I understand the science behind nutrition and I enjoy working with people on an individual basis to help them meet their personal nutrition and fitness goals.  Working together with my clients to  personalize their meal plans helps ensures that they own it.  We work together on a weekly basis to guarantee that the plan is meeting their goals and modify it as needed,” says Noah. 

The classes that Noah says helped him the most were Wellness Coaching and Communication Skills (NAT 305) and Holistic Nutrition (NUT 308) and the business startup program where he  created his own business plan.

“ I especially appreciate how the courses are designed with practical “real world” applications and solutions by ACHS’s fantastic faculty. All of my teachers are knowledgeable, always available and super helpful when I have questions or require clarification on various topics.  I’m so happy that I finally decided to move forward with my education and my passion for holistic health,” says Noah.

You can also follow Noah and Dani on Instagram and Facebook @Max3CrossFit.

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About American College of Healthcare Sciences

ACHS-Building-ExteriorFounded in 1978, is a Portland, Ore.-based, accredited college offering online, on-campus, and study abroad integrative health education. With undergraduate and graduate degrees, diplomas, certificates, and continuing education units in integrative health, ACHS makes holistic health and wellness education accessible to a diverse community, including healthcare professionals, military students, stay-at-home parents, and lifelong learners. Specializations include aromatherapy, herbal medicine, holistic nutrition, and integrative health. ACHS is a Certified B Corporation® and was named two of 100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon 2017 by Oregon Business magazine. ACHS is also accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). In response to our commitment to service members, veterans and military spouses, ACHS has been designated as one of the top 16% of military-friendly institutions in the U.S. for nine years in a row. For more information visit


Judy Starr

Written By: Judy Starr

Judy Starr, VP of External Relations at American College of Healthcare Sciences, has more than 25 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations and brings her expertise in marketing and communications to ACHS. She has raised millions of dollars during her career through her work with major gift donors, foundation grant writing and corporate relations. Judy is a vegan who seeks to inspire others with her passion for organic unprocessed foods. As a licensed esthetician for 28 years, she has served at day spas and at the Ann Wigmore Institute in Aguada, Puerto Rico, where she taught skin care classes and provided skin care and Reiki treatments. Through her unique career journey, she has learned the value of choosing pure unadulterated natural ingredients for customized skincare regimens. Her niche spa experience gives her a unique perspective and platform to share industry-specific knowledge in the realm of natural skin care, body care and holistic wellness. Judy has been a Reiki master for 20 years.