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Course Overview

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) encompasses a broad spectrum of practices and beliefs, including the use of functional lab tests, special diets, and nutritional supplements, including herbs. Public perception that these are natural and harmless choices can lead to adverse reactions with medications or medical procedures, particularly when most consumers do not report use to providers. Other challenges include varying credentialing standards, non-stringent quality assurance standards, and lacking or preliminary clinical studies. Public demand for information about nutritional supplements, the growing body of evidence supporting use of supplements in disease prevention and treatment, and increasing popularity of supplements, makes it imperative for nutrition and fitness practitioners to learn more about the safety, efficacy, and appropriate use of these products.

About the Course Author

Julie Stefanski, MEd, RDN, CSSD, LDN, CDCES, FAND is a SME Writer focused on topics related to food, nutrition & dietetics for Relias. She is a registered dietitian nutritionist and has been a certified diabetes educator since 2003. Ms. Stefanski earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and a master's degree in Adult Education with a special focus on distance learning. She was an adjunct instructor in the Stabler Department of Nursing at York College of Pennsylvania for 13 years. Stefanski is the owner of Stefanski Nutrition Services where she specializes in pediatric nutrition, diabetes, gastrointestinal issues and sports nutrition. Stefanski serves as national media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.

Julie Stefanski, MEd, RDN, CSSD, LDN, CDCES, FAND has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Leslie K. Kay-Getzinger, MS, RD specialized in holistic nutrition following her conventional training and education in 1982. As production manager for a nutraceutical manufacturer, she traveled to China to observe the manufacturing of traditional botanical medicines. She has worked with conventionally trained and integrative medical practitioners, served on an Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) task force developing Complementary and Alternative Medicine competencies for dietetic practitioners, and held positions in the Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine (DIFM) Dietetic Practice Group. She completed postgraduate training and certification in integrative and functional medicine and botanical medicine, and has worked as adjunct faculty at community, state and private colleges throughout Southern California. Leslie currently works as adjunct faculty at CSU. Education: Southern Illinois Univ. (BS, Food and Nutrition; MS, Human Development.). Leslie K. Kay-Getzinger, RD, MS has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.

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Accreditation Information

Certificates provided by accrediting body (6 Match)

  • Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer


    Relias LLC is recognized by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers. This program has been approved for a maximum of 14.0 hours of Category A continuing education. Certified Athletic Trainers are responsible for claiming only those hours actually spent participating in the continuing education activity.

    This activity is approved for 14.0 contact hours.
  • Commission on Dietetic Registration


    As a Jointly Accredited organization, Relias LLC is accredited to offer dietetic continuing education by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). The CDR is an associate member of Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education.

  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition


    Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    This course is approved for 14.0 contact hours.
  • Certified Health Education Specialist


    Sponsored by Relias LLC, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 14.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours.

  • American College of Sports Medicine


    The American College of Sports Medicine’s Professional Education Committee certifies that Relias LLC meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from 2013 to December 2022 (provider #730441). This course is approved for 14.0 ACSM CEC. ACSM approved providership of these programs does not imply endorsement of the sponsoring organization’s products/services.

  • Florida Board of Athletic Training


    Florida Board of Athletic Training (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

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  • Learning Objectives:

    Describe at least three possible benefits of using probiotics for certain conditions.; Describe counseling practices specific to patients who prefer alternative treatments.; Describe the basic tenets and applications of nutrigenomics.; Describe the implications of DSHEA of 1994 and current legislation regarding supplements, label claims, and manufacturing practices as mandated by the FDA.; Describe the prevalence of consumer use of complementary, alternative and integrative medicine and its impact on utilization of healthcare.; Discuss the challenges in properly identifying botanical ingredients and types of analytical testing used to identify herbal product ingredients.; Explain how to differentiate between a poorly written dietary supplement label and one that contains full disclosure.; Explain the appropriate use of dietary supplements, including herbal products.; Explain the safety and risks from taking dietary supplements in terms of contamination, adulteration, toxicity and supplement drug interactions.; Give examples of how genetic information can be used to provide personalized dietary recommendations.; Identify at least four excipients associated with manufacturing of dietary supplement tablets.; Identify at least three factors affecting the potency and quality of herbal products beginning with raw material, harvesting, storage, manufacturing, and finished product.; Identify credible sources of information regarding complementary and integrative nutrition.; Identify valid resources for checking efficacy and safety of nutritional supplements.; List at least six popular dietary supplements used by Americans and the reasons for use.; List the Latin and common names of three or more herbs identified with “adaptogenic properties.”; Provide examples of four or more harmful substances found in contaminated herbal products.; Recognize acceptable structure/function claims as mandated by the FDA.
  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Athletic Trainers; Fitness Professionals; Health Educators; Level II level Dietitians; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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    To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
  • Accommodations:

    If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Customer Support here.
  • Disclosures:

    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.