Our Mission & Vision

Our Mission

To reverse the epidemic of preventable poor health by educating and empowering wellness champions in every community.


To lead a wellness revolution that creates an alternative system of care, prioritizing people over profit with a network of professionals who provide the knowledge, resources, and support necessary to reclaim health.

NTA Values


Whether in the office, classroom, or kitchen, the NTA team lives by the following core values:








​We care deeply about each other, our students, and our planet, and are motivated more by mission than money.

A Leader in Changing the Narrative of Health

The Nutritional Therapy Association (NTA) changes the narrative of health by empowering people to see the potential their dietary habits and lifestyle choices can have on their wellbeing–every individual has the power to improve their own health. Our programs deliver a holistic nutrition perspective with integrity that’s rooted in the power of nutrient-dense food and scientific function of the body. We go beyond food to also consider the impacts of sleep, stress, socioeconomics, and the environment on our wellbeing. We also understand that knowledge is often only part of the equation. To truly be well, people need access to resources, accountability, and support, all of which our professionals are equipped to offer as they support others on their health journeys. The NTA’s passionate community has one dedicated focus: to reverse the epidemic of preventable poor health by educating and empowering wellness champions in every community.

While every community has a heart for their mission, none match the dedication, passion, and knowledge of the NTA’s community. Our instructors, staff, students, and graduates are unified by their common purpose and strong desire to help others.

Our mission is driven by our passionate students and graduates who make up our ever-expanding community of engaged, lifelong learners. As a member of the NTA, you’ll gain knowledge about how to take control of your health and the health of those around you as well as participate in our worldwide community of like-minded individuals.



The NTA was incorporated as a vocational nutrition school in 1997 by Gray and Joy Graham with the primary goal of training healthcare practitioners in the practice of Nutritional Therapy. Addressing nutrition from a holistic perspective and reconnecting people to whole foods and vibrant health, the NTA is founded on the powerful connection that exists between the nutrients we receive from our food and the function and health of our bodies.

In the early years, the NTA’s instructor team taught nutritional seminars to thousands of medical practitioners throughout the United States and Europe. Students included medical doctors, chiropractors, acupuncturists, and naturopaths. Subsequently, Mr. Graham was encouraged to make this unique nutritional training available to a wider audience.

In 2001, in partnership with South Puget Sound Community College, the NTA introduced the Nutritional Therapy Program and began training and certifying Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioners (FNTPs) and Nutritional Therapy Practitioners (NTPs).  

In 2012 the National Association of Nutritional Professionals (NANP) included the NTA’s NTP and FNTP program in their Approved and Recommended Holistic Nutrition Education Programs. The NTA is also a Cornerstone Member of the American Nutrition Association.  

In the fall of 2017, the NTA introduced an online Career Development course designed to give graduates and other wellness professionals the resources they need to launch successful careers working with clients, building thriving practices, and helping to heal the world.

In 2023 and beyond, the NTA is continuing to develop educational offerings to train professionals who want to make a positive impact on the health journey of others. From expanding to new disciplines like health coaching to offering continuing education on advanced wellness topics, our programs will offer the comprehensive training and effective tools people need to reverse the trend of preventable poor health.

The NTA is one of the strongest driving forces aiming to fundamentally alter humankind’s healthcare. We have trained over 8,000 Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioners and Nutritional Therapy Practitioners worldwide. We have practitioners in all 50 states and over 62 countries. Our graduates impact the health of their communities through private practice, employment in holistic and allopathic medical practices, and a wide variety of careers including authorship, culinary experts, lecturers, and more.