Preventing Pediatric Obesity - RD121

Preventing Pediatric Obesity

by Jennifer Koslo, PhD, RDN, CSSD, ACE-CPT
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This course is credentialed for:
Dietetics/Nutrition (6.00 CPEU)


Sedentary children become obese, but healthy habits can be learned early in life with systematic attention to diet and activity routines offered by parents, day-care providers, preschool administrators, and teachers. Drawing on the latest research, this course provides practical, proven age-appropriate diet, nutrition, and exercise/activity strategies for youngsters.


The goal of this course is to recognize the varied contributors and consequences of pediatric obesity and strategies to effectively prevent it. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Explain the importance why it is important for preschool children to start learning healthy lifestyle habits.
  • Identify at least four components of an effective preschool fitness program.
  • Describe the medical, social, and physical benefits of an appropriate fitness program for children.
  • Apply concepts of child psychology to manage children’s behavior in an active setting.
  • Describe why pediatric obesity has become a worldwide health pandemic.
  • List at least five medical consequences of overeating and inactivity for small children.
  • Demonstrate examples of appropriate exercises for preschool children in regard to strength training, aerobic exercise, stretching, and sports skill development.
  • Identify at least three nutritional deficiencies common in preschool children.
  • List exercises that are contraindicated for preschool children.
  • Describe the difference between the physiology of adults and children.
  • Identify at least three differences in emotional and physical abilities of 2 to 3-year-olds and 4 to 5-year-olds.
  • Detail what children can realistically learn about nutrition and healthy eating.
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Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including dietitians, NDTR', health educators, athletic trainers, and fitness professionals.
Dietitians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
Relias LLC, is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Continuing Professional Education Provider Accreditation does not constitute endorsement by CDR of a provider, program or materials.  This course is a level 2 course with suggested CDR learning codes of 3020, 4000, 4020, 6000 and performance indicators of 8.2.4, 8.3.7. 
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).
Dietitians/nutritionists may submit activity evaluations directly to CDR; or mail to: Commission on Dietetic Registration, Attn: Accredited Provider Unit, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995.
There is no commercial support provided for this online educational activity.